Alexis Sanchez expressed his gratitude to Arsene Wenger, calling the Arsenal manager a “football master” the day after he announced he would end his mammoth 22-year reign at the club at the end of the season.
Sanchez told reporters: “I texted him yesterday to wish him the best. I could not say anything on social media but I texted him and he replied to me saying thank you to me.
“It’s sad because he is a historical football legend, I always said he is a gentleman and a football master, he taught me a lot about respect and to be professional.
“I’m just so thankful to him.”
Meanwhile, Wenger revealed that even though he was leaving at the end of the season, he expected under-fire defender Shkodran Mustafi to enjoy a long career at the Emirates Stadium.
The first match since Wenger’s announcement comes at home to West Ham on Sunday, with the Premier League a much bigger priority for the struggling Hammers than it is for Arsenal — who have all-but missed out on the top four for a second season in succession.