ARSENE Wenger will walk away from Arsenal as a 'legend of the game', according to Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Wenger announced he will step down at the end of the season today, ending his 22-year reign with the Gunners.

Clarets chief Dyche has always spoke highly of his opposite number at the Emirates Stadium and said 'there aren't good enough words' to describe what he has done at Arsenal.

"He’s a legend of the game," Dyche said.

"The work that will be remembered is not only about styles of play, but the origins about what Arsenal players doing when he arrived and how he changed it.

"Things he changed like hydration, it sounds simple but he has taken it to a new level, the health and wellbeing, making sure the food they ate was right. Then there are the ways they have reformed all different groups

"People forget the origins of that team were a hard tough back four ,he brought in two players who were centre halves in France and played them in midfield.

"They had some fantastic individuals in (Dennis) Bergkamp and (Ian) Wright but also some real hard players, and then to morph it into this open flowing football, that’s not easy, it takes time.

"For youngish managers like me there aren’t enough good words can be said about what he has done for Arsenal."

Wenger has been criticised in recent years as he struggled to restore Arsenal to the glories of his early years in charge, but Dyche believes this announcement will see all the good things he has done remembered.

"There have been a lot of question marks over their last couple of seasons, but I do think the decision has been made and now all the reflections come out," he said.

"People who have been questioning him heavily suddenly remember all the things he did for 22 years and the successes.

"People felt there was change needed, but now let’s look at all the different things he’s done. As a young manager myself he’s one of the best I’ve seen, Sir Alex is out as number one but he’s a close second."

Asked if a manager will ever repeat Wenger's two-decade stint in charge of a club, Dyche said: "I doubt it. I don’t think the model of football, the way it works, the way the media and fans work, the demand for instant success and then the next success is so, so powerful.

"The reality and non-reality of football are quite a long way apart at any given club so I doubt there will be a manager who will stay at a club that length of time."