Giovanni van Bronckhorst has hailed the methods and managerial skills of Arsene Wenger during an interview with Sky Sports.
The former Holland international spent three years on the books at Arsenal between 2011 and 2004, with the last of those seeing him take in a loan spell at Barcelona.
Van Bronckhorst concedes that he did not enjoy the best of times with the Gunners, after completing a switch from Rangers, but admits to taking plenty from his stint in north London.
He embraced the opportunity to work under Wenger and says he has taken plenty of important lessons into his own coaching career, where he is currently assistant manager at Feyenoord.
The Dutchman considers Wenger to be a visionary in his chosen field and a ‘great’ of the game that has helped a number of those at his disposal to have maximised their ability.
Van Bronckhorst told Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday: “He was the first coach that really made sure that the players were thinking about not only football when they are at the training ground or the pitch or in the stadium, but also when they are at home. That’s one thing I learned from him, to make sure that you get the most out of your career. In that way he helped me a lot, thinking about my career and making sure that I, as a player, achieved all of the goals I wanted.
“Although I didn’t have a really great time at Arsenal, I really enjoyed being part of the club, being surrounded by world-class players and being able to train under such a great coach.”
Wenger has spent the last 18 years at the Arsenal helm and helped to transform them and English football in that time.
His continental methods have been embraced by many down the years and paved the way for a number of similar coaches to ply their trade in the Premier League.
He will go down in history as one of the finest managerial minds of all time, but there is nothing to suggest that he will be writing the final chapter in his career any time soon.