Arsene Wenger demonstrated his class on Sunday by beginning his farewell speech at Arsenal by sending his support to Sir Alex Ferguson and his family.
The footballing world learned with shock on Saturday night that the former Manchester United manager had suffered a brain haemorrhage in his home and received emergency surgery.
Thankfully, the operation went “very well”, and messages of support have since poured in from all corners for a man whose success in the modern game is matched by none.
And Wenger, a dear friend of Sir Alex, begun his speech in typically classy fashion by paying tribute to the Scot.
From the boss and all of us at Arsenal, get well soon, Sir Alex pic.twitter.com/FVYy2Q4LJF
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018
Only a week has elapsed since Sir Alex stood on the sunny Old Trafford pastures with Wenger, the pair smiling warmly together, to give the Frenchman a gift commemorating his services to Arsenal. Jose Mourinho joined the pair briefly, too. It was a genuinely touching moment, simultaneously remembering a golden past and enshrining a calmer, happy present.
What has happened since is a reminder to all of us that life cannot be taken for granted. It can be taken away as swiftly and as randomly as when it begun. We shall all pray for Fergie, and we must, at the same time, never forget to appreciate our what we have in our lives.