Arsene Wenger attends funeral service as ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is buried

Arsene Wenger attends funeral service as ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is buried

- Arsene Wenger paid his last respect to former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier

- The Arsenal legend described the late tactician as an extremely intelligent individual

- Wenger was in attendance during the funeral service of the former France manager

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was sighted at the funeral service for late Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier in Paris on Monday, December 21.

The former France, Liverpool and Lyon manager died on December 14 after what was reported to be a long battle with illness at the age of 73.

He was in charge of the Merseyside outfit between 1998 and 2004 and won six titles for them both domestically and on the continent, none of which was Premier League silverware.

Houllier's most successful year at Anfield was when he led them to win a treble in the 2000-01 season. They won the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup, and the EFL title.

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His last job as a football coach was during his one-year reign at Villa Park between 2010 and 2011 having joined them from French League side, Lyon.

Arsene Wenger: Former Arsenal boss attends funeral service as ex-Liverpool boss Houllier is buried
Arsene Wenger paid his last respect to late Gerard Houllier. Photo: Anthony Dibon
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Among those who paid their last respect to the late tactician was the former Gunners’ boss Wenger.

In a tribute to Houllier last week, Wenger told French outlet L'Equipe via Mirror:

"He was extremely intelligent, he passionately loved football, and was of a generous nature.
"He understood things very quickly, he had the ability to synthesise things incredibly well. And he was positive, he liked people. That is why his passing is such a shock. French football is losing a great voice."

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger who guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles as well as seven FA Cups before he left after 22 remarkable years is being poached to return to the Emirates.

The manager stepped-down from his position in 2018 after his final years at the club were marred by protests and anger from the club’s supporters.

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After leaving the club, Wenger reportedly vowed never to step foot at the Emirates stadium again but, the club's CEO Vinai Venkatesham paid a courtesy visit to the 71-year-old.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the football community as African football fraternity was also thrown into serious mourning on Sunday, December 13, following the shocking death of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha.

Madisha was reported to have died in a terrible car accident which occurred in Johannesburg two years after he had been called up to the South Africa senior men's squad 11 times since his debut in March 2018 and has one international goal to his name.

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