Arsene Wenger on Bobby Robson:
"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."
Robson's nurturing of youthful talent within the club ranks and prudent signings must have resonated with Wenger too.