Arsene Wenger reveals his ‘admiration’ for the Queen and says it was an ‘honour’ to meet her twice… as former Arsenal manager on social media pays moving tribute after her death at Balmoral
- Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger posts touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
- The Frenchman praised the Queen’s ‘devotion to duty’ during her reign as monarch
- Wenger believes the amount of tribute paid shows how much she meant
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his ‘admiration’ for Queen Elizabeth II after her death at Balmoral on Thursday.
The Queen passed away peacefully at the age of 96, ending her 70-year rule over the country, the longest term for a monarch in UK history.
Tributes to the Queen have poured in from the football world, this weekend’s games have been postponed and figures like England managers Gareth Southgate and Sarina Wiegman are paying tribute of their own.
Arsene Wenger paid a moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on social media after her death
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, receiving tributes from around the world
Wenger posted a touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Instagram on Friday night
However, the former Arsenal boss revealed what he thought of the Queen when he met her on more than one occasion.
One of the times he met Her Majesty was on a visit to Buckingham Palace in 2006 for afternoon tea. The Queen had planned to cut the ribbon for the unveiling of the newly built Emirates Stadium, but she invited the team to the palace because she was unable to attend.
He continued writing Instagram: ‘I arrived in England almost 26 years ago, in October 1996. At that time it was an honor to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II twice. Once at Buckingham Palace and once at Windsor.
Arsene Wenger met Queen Elizabeth II when he was Arsenal manager at Buckingham Palace
“In an ever-changing world, throughout her reign, her devotion to duty and dedication to keeping the nation united are qualities that I have immense respect and admiration for.
“The tributes paid by people from all walks of life around the world show how much she meant to so many. I want to extend my condolences to the royal family and to everyone who is grieving today.”
Wenger led the Gunners from 1996 to 2018, winning the Premier League three times and the FA Cup seven times.
England gentlemen manager Gareth Southgate said: ‘My thoughts today are with His Majesty King Charles III, the FA President HRH the Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family.
Gareth Southgate (left) explained that the Queen showed the world what it means to be British
“By commemorating and celebrating the life of Her Majesty the Queen, we also recognize her remarkable leadership and lifelong dignified service.
“She showed the world what it’s like to be British. Her values, her dignity, her resilience have been an example to all of us and she has given us stability and reassurance in the best and also the most difficult times. I was proud to have her as our patroness and to sing God Save The Queen before every game.
“The team will have the chance to pay our respects later this month during our match with Germany. An occasion that, of course, is reminiscent of the World Cup final in 1966 and the moment Her Majesty presented the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore. When Wembley and the country are silent, I will remember that and her 70 years of impeccable duty.”
Lionesses’ Sarina Wiegman also paid tribute to the Queen and that she was a “mother figure”
England women’s manager Wiegman added: “I just wanted to join the many millions of people around the world to celebrate her life and mourn her passing. My homeland has always had a lot of respect, admiration and love for her and I know that that is a feeling that is not unique to the Netherlands but to the whole world.
“Developing my bond with England strengthened my bond with Her Majesty. I could feel the love the public felt for her, a mother figure for people to seek stability and peace in uncertain times.
“The national anthem sung with such respect by my players and staff reminded me of what she meant to the country. The words ‘send her victorious’ were on our shirts, but they were also in our hearts.’