World champion Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger ahead of this weekend’s potentially critical Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old Briton praised the loyalty and values of the exit-bound Arsenal manager and even admitted that Wenger extended an invitation to him to train with the team.
“I have always had great admiration for Arsene,” Gunners supporter Hamilton told reporters.
“For anyone to have commitment to a team and the loyalty which he has shown through all the ups and downs, through outside individuals saying positives and negatives, but to stay true to your values and continue to strive for what you believe in I think has really been awesome.
“Whilst the team has not always been the most successful, I really hope that he feels great about his time. He asked me to go and train with the team, which I have not managed to do yet, but he was always really welcoming and it was cool to meet ‘our team’s’ boss.
“I’ve supported Arsenal since I was five. I want to wish him all the best. I think his future is as bright as he wants it to be, so I hope he takes the positivity out of all the great experiences he’s had.”
Perhaps Arsene Wenger was looking for someone who’s strong on corners, has a good engine and experience at winning under pressure – three things which have certainly been lacking at The Emirates in recent years.