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Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger will receive Liberia’s highest honour from President George Weah who he managed at Monaco. Wenger will travel to Liberia’s capital Monrovia where he will be made a Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption. Wenger will be bestowed with this honour on Friday from Weah who is the only African Footballer to be the FIFA Footballer of the Year.
Arsene Wenger had a lot to do with Weah’s footballing career. In fact, Wenger was the one who brought Weah to Europe from Cameroon. Weah played 149 matches for Monaco, scoring 66 goals.
Another reason why Wenger will receive this honour is because of his contributions to African football by giving opportunities to several African footballers. Wenger managed a lot of African footballers during his managerial career. 16 of them came at Arsenal alone.
Weah said that Wenger “took care of me like his son” when he was at Monaco. He said, “Besides God, I think that without Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe”.
Wenger said that Weah’s life story is a miracle. He said, “I remember when I saw him the first time at Monaco, coming in a bit lost, not knowing anybody, not being rated by anybody as a player and becoming the best player in the world in 1995 and today becoming the president of his country.”