Liverpool legend and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he was delighted to see Arsenal sweep aside Slavia Prague in the Europa League this week.
The Gunners completed a 4-0 rout in the Czech Republic to avenge Rangers, who were knocked out by Slavia in the previous round.
Their clash was also shrouded in controversy as a race row ended with Ondrej Kudela receiving a 10-match ban, while Glen Kamara received a three-match ban for his retaliation.
Having been knocked out in such circumstances, Gerrard admitted he was only too pleased to see Arsenal give them a thumping.
Gerrard said this week: “I loved everything about the game. I loved Arsenal’s performance, I loved the way they went about it.
“I admired how they approached before the game, during the game and after the game.
“I’m sure Glen did as well but I was really proud watching Arsenal’s performance last night. Everything about it.
“The way they prepared for the game, the way the manager spoke, the way the players behaved before, during and after – and then to back it up with that level of performance.
“I sat there and really enjoyed that game, it was a sensational performance.”
While he was on the topic of surprising compliments, Gerrard also paid homage to Celtic captain Scott Brown, who is joining Aberdeen at the end of the season.
The Gers boss admits that the Old Firm derbies won’t be the same without him, while he also praised his show of solidarity to Kamara.
“I think it was a real class touch from Scott, I must say,” Gerrard added.
“When it comes to life and certain things that happen in life, there are things that are bigger than football.
“He’s someone I have got respect for, from a football point of view and for what he has achieved, to be that successful and how he has gone about things.
“If I take my Rangers hat off it’s something I respect very much because I know how hard it is to win.
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“I think the fixture will miss him.
“Not just him, there are many players over the years who have played their part in the Old Firm derby — many a Rangers player, many a Celtic player.
“Once they move on, it will feel different, and that’s credit to what they have brought and have contributed to that fixture over the years.”