Arsene Wenger is set to receive the Legends of Football award later this year, at the annual event in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.
The Premier League website confirms Wenger will be the latest recipient of the award on the 7th October this year. He’ll join past recipients such as Sir Stanley Matthews, Tony Adams, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pele and Frank Lampard.
The former Arsenal boss said he’s ‘extremely honoured’ to have received the invitation, and he didn’t have any second thoughts about accepting it.
“Since leaving Arsenal I have received some interesting proposals some of which I am currently contemplating,” he said. “However, one invitation that I did not hesitate to accept, and I am extremely honoured to do so, is to receive the 2019 Legends of Football award.
“I have always enjoyed music and I am excited to be involved in the work Legends of Football does to support Nordoff Robbins, which is a fantastic charity. Music therapy can change people’s lives, across a broad spectrum of disabilities, and I will help in any way I can.”
There’s still a lot of speculation about what Wenger is going to do next professionally. For the moment, he seems content to lap up well-deserved praise and awards. He was recently presented with the Laureus World Sports Awards’ Lifetime Achievement award, after which even Jose Mourinho saw fit to congratulate his old adversary on his achievements.
Once he grows tired of that though, there are rumours he could join PSG as a sporting director, or even FIFA as head of technical development. We’ll have to wait and see where he ends up, but for now, it’s good to see his time with Arsenal continuing to get the credit it deserves.