Cesc Fabregas has claimed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a special man and is the manager who changed English football.

The 31-year-old joined the Gunners in 2004 from Barcelona when he was too young and went on to win FA Cup and FA Community Shield.

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The Spaniard returned to the Camp Nou side in 2011 before moving to Arsenal rivals Chelsea in 2014.

Having joined Arsene Wenger at 16 years old, Fabregas was eager to pay tribute to the Frenchman, who is quitting the club this summer.

“He’s a special man and a special person – full of class, full of integrity and I really wish him all the best,” Fabregas told Sky Sports News. “Football and myself will miss him so much. It was a sad day when I heard.”

“He changed English football. I remember when I was little, you watch any Premier League game and you really only saw long balls and a lot of headers and tackles. But then you see Manchester United and Arsenal play and it’s like you are watching another sport – and Arsene has so much to do with it.”

“His philosophy has always been to play beautiful football, take youngsters to another level, bring them up to higher standards and always make them believe they can achieve. I can name you so many young players that nobody else in the world believed in, but he did. Then they became world class and they won everything in the game.”

The former Arsenal captain, who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain, has scored 57 goals in 303 appearances for the Gunners.

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