Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger joined millions around the world in mourning the loss of glam rock icon David Bowie.
At his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Anfield, Wenger took a few moments at the beginning to comment on Bowie’s death.
“I am a fan of his music. The message he gave to my generation was important – be strong enough to be yourself.”
Wenger joined a number of prominent figures in football offering reflections on Bowie and his singular body of work.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata wrote on his blog that Bowie was “... one of the greatest musical geniuses who has had songs which have inspired millions of people over several decades.”
Meanwhile, former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell took to Twitter to celebrate Bowie’s life and work.
David Beckham offered his own tribute on Instagram.
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Bowie’s music served as anthems for weird kids everywhere. That so many within the football world are taking time to offer their own reflections and tributes only highlights Bowie’s remarkable gift for reaching out to people through his art and making them feel less alone.