By Amir Mir

Swansea manager Bob Bradley believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is as “influential” as footballing great Johan Cruyff.

Dutch legend Cruyff was regarded as one of the finest players and coaches during his footballing days, including being the mastermind behind the famous La Masia (Barcelona academy).

Frenchman Wenger who celebrated 20 years at Arsenal in October, managed the famous ‘Invincible’ side of 2003-04, which lifted the Premier League title.

Now, newly-appointed Swans boss Bradley has heaped praise on his managerial counterpart, as they prepare to face each other in the dugout on Saturday afternoon.

“[Manchester City manager] Guardiola was doing a press conference last week about Johann Cruyff’s book and he was talking about Johann Cruyff’s influence,” said Bradley, as quoted by the BBC Sports website.

“You’d have to say, if you look at everything that’s taken place in 20 years at Arsenal, it’s the same kind of influence.”

During his two decades in English football, Wenger has lifted the FA Cup on six occasions and won the English league title three times.

However, a European trophy has evaded the Frenchman, with the north London club last reaching a final in 2005, when they were beaten by Spanish giants Barcelona.

In other Arsenal news, supporters were pleased to see the competitive return on Carl Jenkinson after a nine-month injury lay-off.