Arsene Wenger arrives in Liberia for national award

Arsene Wenger landed in Liberia to a warm welcome from Liberians who had been anticipating his landing. [Courtesy: Standard Sport]
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday arrived in Liberia, where he will receive the country’s highest honour from President George Weah.

President Weah – a former footballer – played for AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1 under Wenger in 1998.

President Weah has in the past hailed Wenger for nurturing his talent, once saying said that the Frenchman “took care of me like his son” while at Monaco, adding that “besides God, I think that without Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe”.

Thousands of Liberians welcomed the 68-year-old in Monrovia, where he will receive the Order of Distinction and be given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption – the highest rank possible.

Current coach of the Togolese national team, Claude Le Roy, will also get a national honour on Friday.

He coached Cameroon in 1988 and recommended that Wenger should sign George Weah, who was playing for Cameroonian side Tonnerre Yaoundé at the time.