Alexis Sanchez decided against hailing Arsene Wenger on social media – and sent a personal message instead.
The Manchester United forward, 29, quit Arsenal in January and last night helped his new side into the FA Cup final with a fine header in the 2-1 win against Spurs.
And after his goalscoring display, Sanchez revealed what he sent to his former boss after he announced his exit.
The Chilean told Rodrigo Lara: “I text him yesterday to wish him the best.
“I could not say anything on social media but I texted him – and he replied to me saying thank you.
“It’s sad because he is a football legend. I always said he is a gentleman and a football master.
“He taught me a lot about respect and to be professional. I’m just so thankful to him.”
Sanchez was asked if Wenger had made him a better player since signing him from Barcelona in 2014.
He added: “Yes, a lot. He is a true gentleman.”
Sanchez’s strike against Spurs helped turn the tide after a slow start.
And the 119-cap Chile international admitted he had taken some time to adapt to life at Old Trafford and start repaying his huge wages.