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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the season following 22 years in charge of the Gunners.

Reacting to Wenger’s decision to step down as Arsenal’s boss, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said: “I think we must pay a great tribute to Arsene Wenger for his career.

“For his career at Arsenal. He and Ferguson, we’re talking about the last two managers to stay for such a long time in a club.

“Arsene Wenger worked 22 years for Arsenal. I think that’s great, it’s a fantastic story. He won a lot at this club and, for this reason, I think he deserves a great tribute for his career.”

Conte also revealed Wenger had a great influence in football.

“I think Arsene is one of the managers who had a great influence on football because, in every moment in his idea of football, he tried to play good football, creative and offensive football,” Conte added.

“He deserves great tribute also for this.”

Conte added: “He deserves great respect. Not only from Arsenal supporters, but from the whole world of football. He deserves great respect.

“We are talking about one of the best managers in the world with a great and important career with Arsenal. He deserves a great tribute for his career.

“It would be very difficult to see in the future another manager staying for such a long time at the same club. I think, maybe, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were a really good story for football. Now it will be very difficult to see that again, another situation like this.”

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