The former Gunners forward told arsenal.com: "It's a big compliment from him.
"I don't think there's a manager better than Arsène Wenger in the world for what he does with players and how he transforms them. Emmanuel Adebayor is a classic example; maybe he wasn't the best technically but you look at him now, he is world class. A compliment like that coming from Arsène Wenger made me so happy. My mum called me and said 'have you seen what Arsène said about you in the paper?' and I thought she was joking!"