Arsène Wenger
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at John Smith's Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger received the League Managers Association Service to Football Award at the LMA President’s Dinner 2018.

England manager who doubles as LMA President, Gareth Southgate, handed Wenger with a hand-crafted silver salver which was commissioned by Thomas Lyte, appointed Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson while talking about Arsene Wenger’s achievement, said as quoted by League Managers:

“Arsène’s contribution to English football has been hugely important to the advancement of the national game since he arrived at Arsenal Football Club in 1996. It is our privilege to bestow upon him the LMA Service to Football Award in recognition of his magnificent achievements.”

MONACO, MONACO - FEBRUARY 17: Arsene Wenger with members of the Yuwa Football Girls team a football based charity from India winners of the Laureus Good For Sport Award on February 17, 2019 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for Laureus)

Wenger doesn’t know if he will return to management

The French coach spent 22 years in charge of English Premier League club Arsenal and he has yet to decide if he will continue in a new club.

“On behalf of his peers in the LMA, I thank him for his dedication to the profession and hope he will continue to have an impact on the game for many years to come.”

On the other hand, LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added:

“The LMA is proud to recognise Arsène’s remarkable career in football management. The role of the football manager has changed beyond recognition since Arsène’s first match at Highbury in 1996, but his profound influence on the game over the past 22 years means he truly deserves the admiration of his fellow practitioners in football.”