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West Ham boss Allardyce: Wenger so much more than simply Arsenal manager

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has paid a glowing tribute to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

He has the greatest respect for Wenger, who oversaw Arsenal's move to the Emirates Stadium without sacrificing Champions League football.

Allardyce, planning for West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, said: "He's been manager, accountant and financial director, there is no doubt about that.

"The man set out a fantastic team before they decided to move and then built a couple of brilliant young teams based on the fact that the same amount of finance didn't appear to be available to him.

"Now he has almost got the Emirates paid off. That's his achievement and it is a massive factor considering it was a massive investment for them [Arsenal]."

Allardyce added: "The one thing we have got to our advantage is that we don't have to pay £450 million for our new stadium, which is the best bit of business ever done in football by a set of owners."

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