Robin van Persie has claimed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the best manager in the world.
The 34-year-old striker who parted ways with Fenerbahce last week after a disappointing injury-plagued spell with the Yellow Canaries caused a stir with his latest revelations.
Van Persie claims he ‘owes everything’ and despite working with the likes of Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson as well as his coaches at Fenerbahce Vitor Pereira, Dick Advocaat and Aykut Kocaman.
Van Persie who rejoined his first club Feyenoord from Feyenoord, said: “Arsene is just the best manager in the world.
“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.’’
The comments may come as a surprise for Arsenal fans.
The Netherlands international achieved star status at Arsenal but fell out of favor with Gunners fans after leaving the club for rivals Manchester United after spending eight seasons at the club.
The experienced striker did however, win the Premier League title in his first season at United so probably will not be all that bothered. In fact Van Persie went down in history as being part of the Red Devils side that won the league title for a record 20th time.
The prolific striker netted 58 times in 105 games for United during his time at the club.
Van Persie parted ways with United in 2015, joining Fenerbahce on a three-year move.
The striker scored 40 times and provided eight assists in 91 games for the Istanbul giants in all competitions.