By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger described the visit of Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy to Emirates Stadium as a "very proud day" for Arsenal FC.
The two leaders came to the ground for an Anglo-French summit. But before talks began the British Prime Minister and the French President were shown around Emirates Stadium by the Arsenal manager. They chatted with Wenger and watched a short five-a-side game comprised of players from the Club's French Double Club.
"It is a very proud day for us," said Wenger afterwards. "It shows that having a wonderful stadium like ours can be a big promotion for the Club. It is aswell a big honour to be chosen by Gordon Brown to host this summit. For me it is a symbol of the union of France and England."
When the three men did get a chance to talk, there was only one topic of conversation. And, it appears the Prime Minister was something an expert.
"We talked about sport and about football," said Wenger. "I feel football can show European countries the way the world of tomorrow will be.
"And Gordon Brown knows his football very well. He is a Raith Rovers fan. He knows all the details of what is going on in the English game so that was very impressive."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Mar 2008