Robin van Persie has credited Arsene Wenger with his “development as a player and as a person”.
Van Persie has neatly rounded off a storied career by returning to boyhood club Feyenoord on an 18-month deal.
The striker started out with the Eredivisie club before leaving in 2004 as a 20-year-old to join Arsenal.
He established himself as one of the world’s leading forwards in north London, scoring 132 goals in 278 games.
But he won just one FA Cup and a Community Shield in eight years, leading to his 2012 departure for Manchester United.
He won a Premier League title at Old Trafford, but Van Persie looks back on his time under Wenger more fondly than with any other manager.
“Arsene is just the best manager in the world,” he said.
“This is why I want him to be successful with Arsenal. He deserves it.
“I owe everything to Arsene Wenger. He has been crucial for me in my development as a player and as a person.
“I only have warm memories. I enjoyed every day, every minute I worked, trained and played for Arsene.’’