Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed Arsene Wenger’s methods will live on in European football, after the Arsenal boss announced his departure at the end of the season.
The 68-year-old Frenchman will leave the Emirates Stadium after a 22-year spell in north London, where van Bronckhorst spent two years under his guidance after being signed from Rangers in 2001.
Van Bronckhorst won a Premier League title and an FA Cup before departing for Barcelona, setting a precedent for the likes of Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to follow, but learned a lot from his two seasons with Wenger.
Speaking at a media conference on Friday, the former Holland international praised Wenger and stated he continues to use the experienced boss’ techniques.
“I was impressed by his training methods. I use the same methods now at Feyenoord. So that says a lot about the impact Arsene had on me,” he said.
“It’s already around seventeen years ago that I made my transfer to Arsenal. He was the first trainer I experienced who had an eye for everything. Not only the games and the training but also food, rest moments.
“In that period we already did yoga. That was very progressive seventeen years ago. The two years I played at Arsenal under Wenger helped me a lot in my career.”
Now in his third year as manager of Feyenoord, having previously spent four years as assistant boss to Ronald Koeman and Fred Rutten, was then asked if he would be interested in succeeding Wenger at Arsenal.
“It’s not the first time you’ve asked me this question this season. But I’m happy where I am at the moment,” he added.