Arsene Wenger has said it is "a privilege and an honour" to be able to manage Arsenal for 1,000 games.
Ahead of this weekend's clash at Chelsea - the same team Wenger encountered on his 500th game in charge - the veteran manager admitted there had been "difficult" periods and said he hoped the is "bigger when I leave than when I arrived".
Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry offered one of a flurry of tributes to his former boss.
Sir Alex Ferguson also had warm words for his one-time adversary, saying he had “the utmost admiration” for Wenger’s staying power:
The chair of the League Manager’s Association, Howard Wilkinson, also paid tribute to Wenger, saying:
"I salute Arsene on his extraordinary level of performance and all that he has brought to our game.”