Arsene Wenger is currently in Liberia as the special guest of the African nation’s newly-elected president, one George Weah – yes, *that* George Weah.
Weah originally invited Wenger to attend his presidential inauguration several months ago but, due to work commitments, the Frenchman was unable to make the trip.
Now free of such ties, the 68-year-old flew into Monrovia on Wednesday and as people lined the streets to herald his arrival, he came face-to-face with L’il Arsene Wenger, a young baby named in his honour.
Arsene Wenger in Liberia with a baby named after him. Amazing photo. pic.twitter.com/sZdnYGvMGK
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) 23 August 2018
As if not apparent by now, Wenger is positively revered in Liberia for the instrumental part he played in Weah’s development as a player, having signed the future Ballon d’Or winner for Monaco in 1988 and duly nurtured the young striker’s innate talent.
The Frenchman was specifically summoned by Weah so that he could bestow the title of ‘Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption’ on his mentor in recognition of his contribution to sport in Africa and the opportunities he has afforded to African players over the years.
Wenger is also due to be inducted into Liberia’s Order of Distinction on Friday, wherein he will officially be bestowed with his first title in 14 years.
Ba-dum and, indeed, tish.