Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to the impact former Chelsea rival Jose Mourinho has had on English football, although he expressed surprise the Portuguese did not see his job at Stamford Bridge as a long-term project.

Mourinho´s departure from the two-time Premier League champions left Wenger no less shocked than the rest of the footballing world.

"It is basically sad because I feel Mourinho is a manager of quality," said the Arsenal manager. "I am a great believer in technical stability and therefore I don´t think it is good news for football."

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