On Monday, Arsène Wenger paid this tribute to Wales manager Gary Speed, who died at the weekend:

"It was a shock of course. I did not know him very well as a person but you did not like to see him on the team against you. You knew he was a great player - very good in the air, fantastic work-rate and very intelligent on the football pitch.

"As a manager he had started to turn things around for Wales. We know they have a young promising team and he was the ideal figure to go with this side from improvement to improvement.

"It is extremely sad. I am speechless when confronted by things like this. All we can do is express our condolences to his friends and his family."

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