Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Tottenham legend Dave Mackay.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Tottenham Hotspur legend Dave Mackay.
The Gunners boss was asked about Mackay at his press conference, with the former Spurs captain passing away earlier this week.
Wenger said, reported by Arsenal.com: "It’s an iconic figure of English football who contributed a lot to Tottenham’s success at the time.
"He played for Derby as well and was a great player. We’re sad to see these people disappear. You are sorry and it is a sad moment for English football."
Mackay is pictured above celebrating with the 1967 FA Cup trophy, which they won after beating Chelsea at Wembley.
He died aged 80, with the BBC reporting a quote from former Manchester United icon describing him as the best player he ever played with.
As well as also playing for Derby, Mackay managed their East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest, and their chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi also acknowledged his passing.
I'm very sad to hear that our former manager Dave Mackay has passed away. Rest in peace. #nffc— @FAWAZ_ALHASAWI (@fawaz_alhasawi1) March 3, 2015
Former strikers Gary Lineker and Stan Collymore were among those to also pay tribute, reported The Independent, with the Match of the Day host describing him as a 'wonderful footballer'.
Tottenham have announced on their official website that players will wear black armbands against Swansea City in their Premier League clash on Wednesday evening, with a minute's applause inside the stadium set to be held ahead of kick-off.