Former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has opened up on his special relationship with Arsene Wenger during the pair's time at the club.
The defender, who had a five-year stint at the club, made a promising start under Wenger and credits the Frenchman for his growth as a player.
"I loved him, first of all to have the chance to spend that time with him, for him to build me,” Djourou said during an interview with the club's official website.
“He built many players but first of all he gave me the chance to express myself. I think what I liked about the boss was the way he handled every case, you would say it was similar but also so different.
"For example, he was always positive with me. Sometimes he would say, 'The situation might not be fair because you're in great shape and you're playing well but your time will come. You have to be patient because you're a bit younger.'
"I remember the time he took [me aside] before a meeting with the team and he said to me, 'I know you're ready, I see it, I cannot hide it anymore, you will play, not tomorrow but you will play.' All of the time he was very positive and very encouraging about the stuff that I was doing.
Djourou has been at Swiss club FC Sion but was among nine players who reportedly left after refusing to take pay cuts during the coronavirus period.
Among the nine sacked is another former Arsenal player Alexandre Song.