London, 11 March 2019 – Legends of Football, in aid of Nordoff Robbins, is to induct one of the greatest managers in the history of the Premier League into their Hall of Fame later this year.

Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been unveiled as the recipient of the 2019 Legends of Football award. On 7 October 2019, the world of football and music will flock to JW Marriott Grosvenor House London to honour Wenger, who follows in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, Pelé and Frank Lampard OBE who received the award last year.

Legends of Football is an annual charity event, supported by the Premier League in aid of music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins. The dinner has raised a staggering £8m since Jimmy Greaves was Guest of Honour at its inaugural event in 1996.

Arsène Wenger said: “Since leaving Arsenal I have received some interesting proposals some of which I am currently contemplating. However, one invitation that I did not hesitate to accept, and I am extremely honoured to do so, is to receive the 2019 Legends of Football award. I have always enjoyed music and I am excited to be involved in the work Legends of Football does to support Nordoff Robbins, which is a fantastic charity. Music therapy can change people’s lives, across a broad spectrum of disabilities, and I will help in any way I can. I look forward to celebrating at the Legends of Football event on 7 October.”

Geoff Shreeves, Sky Sports presenter and Legends of Football chairman commented: “Arsène is somebody who we have been wanting to honour for over a decade, so we are genuinely thrilled that he has agreed to be this year’s recipient. His achievements at Arsenal were nothing short of spectacular and his name is etched in Premier League history. He quite simply changed the face of the Premier League and will be an outstanding ambassador for Legends of Football and Nordoff Robbins in the year ahead.”

The award marks Arsène’s illustrious managerial career that has seen him win trophies in England, France and Japan with Arsenal, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus. It also celebrates his 21-year tenure as Arsenal manager during which he won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven FA Community Shields.  One of the crowning glories of his reign as Arsenal manager was the 2003/04 Invincibles season in which his side romped to the Premier League title with 26 wins, 12 draws and an unprecedented 0 defeats.

Richard Masters, Premier League Interim Chief Executive, added: “Legends of Football is a great event that brings football and music together to support the vital work of Nordoff Robbins. We look forward to celebrating the career and achievements of Arsène Wenger, one of the Premier League’s most successful and iconic managers.  His ground-breaking coaching and player development methods transformed the English game and I congratulate him on this well-deserved award.”

Julie Whelan, CEO, Nordoff Robbins: “Events like Legends of Football are vital to us as a charity and we are delighted that Arsène Wenger has agreed to be recipient of the award this year. On behalf of Nordoff Robbins, I’d like to thank Arsène and everyone involved in the event for their hard work and dedication – every penny raised goes directly towards our music therapy delivery, helping us to change more lives through music.”

Legends of Football will honour Arsène Wenger at a star-studded event on 7 October at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, London.



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