By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has described the death of Sir Bobby Robson as a "sad day for football".

The former England manager passed away on Friday morning at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer. He was a true legend of the game who will be remembered for his endearing character as well as his success as a player and a manager.

Wenger crossed paths with Robson on a number of occasions and paid tribute to him when he faced the media ahead of the Emirates Cup.

“It was a shock because Bobby was a man of exceptional stature and someone I loved because he had an optimistic view of mankind and a positive vision for football," said Wenger.

"We will miss him badly because people miss people of his stature and vision.

"It’s a very sad day for English football but football overall.”

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