Ever since he left Arsenal last summer, Arsene Wenger seems to have spent a lot of his time picking up awards and that doesn’t look like it will be changing any time soon.
On Monday night, the former Arsenal manager is expected to pick up the Legends of Football award, given out by the largest music therapy charity in the UK, Nordoff Robbins.
Other winners of the award include Frank Lampard OBE (last year’s winner), Sir Kenny Dalglish, Sir Bobby Robson, and Sir Stanley Matthews (really making you ask what Lampard is doing on there before he’s got his knighthood which will surely come one day).
Supported by the Premier League, the awards dinner will take place on Monday, 7 October, having raised £8m since the first ceremony in 1996, the year Arsene Wenger first arrived in England.
“Since leaving Arsenal I have received some interesting proposals some of which I am currently contemplating,” Arsene Wenger 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. I look forward to celebrating at the Legends of Football event on 7 October.”
Geoff Shreeves, Sky Sports presenter and Legends of Football chairman added, “Arsene is somebody who we have been wanting to honour for over a decade so we are genuinely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year’s recipient. His achievements at Arsenal were nothing short of spectacular and his name is etched in Premier League history. He quite simply changed the face of the Premier League and will be an outstanding ambassador for Legends of Football and Nordoff Robbins in the year ahead.”
If you’d like to attend, you’d best have £4,500 in spare change as that’s how much a table is.
The event will be headlined by a self-confessed Arsenal fan and ‘chart topping dance collective’ Rudimental.
Rudimental lead singer Locksmith said, “The whole band are huge football fans so we can’t wait to perform in October. It will be particularly special for me as an Arsenal fan to get the chance to attend and honour Arsène for all his years of service. He was Mr Arsenal for twenty years and gave so much to the club.”