English football club Arsenal are famous for their passionate fans and Arsene Wenger’s strong personality as the club’s head coach.
For instance, Wenger’s hair may have been full of wigs, but his fight with then-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was legendary as the pair locked horns several times in 2005.
But during Arsene Wenger’s late-season exit last year, the Texan arrived and his aggressive style rubbed some the wrong way and he was mercilessly trolled on social media for the results and the lack of trophy success.
And so one of the criticisms aimed at the manager of the London club was his close relationship with Arsenal Chairman Chips Keswick who ran the Gunners during the 1990s and 2000s.
So one of those awkward scenes of a football fan approaching Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was there when Klopp gestured at Wenger in a Q&A session in Cologne and the Frenchman reacted in the direction of the German.
Arsenal players inside the Etihad Stadium last January during the club’s 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City. Oli Scarff Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez, who made his move to Manchester City last month, took to Instagram to post a photograph of him with Wenger and wrote: ‘The greatest gaffer of our age thanks for your support over the years’.
‘Thank you for everything. I will miss you a lot. But, happy days after,’ he added.
Wenger’s assistant manager, Unai Emery, commented on the photograph on Twitter: ‘Hahaha! How typical my friend,’ along with an emoji of a tongue stuck out.
But when questioned at the end of Saturday’s pre-season training camp in Finland about his relationship with Keswick, Emery was quick to hit back, indicating he is trying to repair it.
“We’re trying to do that,” said Emery, who succeeded Wenger last summer. “We had a good relationship [with the chairman] before I came.
“I had to work to find it’s more a normal relationship.”
It is thought Emery is behind the decision to give Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, all of whom left the Gunners last summer, a public send-off in the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.
“I’ve told the players to say goodbye in the right way,” Emery said. “It’s not a decision to try to be happy for their city where they play every week, it’s just right and the most respectful of things for the club.
“I will ask them to be ready to say their best. Then I know how much they want to be in the future and they will be ready to say goodbye because they want to be happy.”