Arsene Wenger’s tremendous Seventeen-year reign over Arsenal Football Club has taken him well into 2013. The beautiful game is indeed a game of two halves, and you can argue that Wenger’s time at Arsenal has followed suit perfectly.
The first half was adorned with an abundance of class and silverware, with the second half turning out to be painfully fruitless and - at times, mediocre.
In light of this, we’ve compiled ten of the most interesting & relevant Arsene Wenger quotes sourced throughout his long Arsenal career. The diverse selection of quotes include Arsene’s thoughts on being humble in victory, financial responsibility, talent versus hard work, and even Pubs.
1. I Love Competition.
One can always make the argument that Arsene has failed to win any competition for almost eight years now. But I’m sure nobody would deny that the Frenchman is a great lover of Football, Sport, and indeed competitiveness itself. He has always relished the big games, and was never afraid of getting enthralled in managerial mind games. If it’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Arsene Wenger has the mentality of a winner.
“I think we live in a very competitive world, and I love competition.”
2. The Desired Quality Is To Lose Money
It’s a strange, controversial concept. Arsene Wenger has always been criticised for not spending enough money on bolstering his squad, and some may argue the results are currently speaking for themselves. But Arsene has his own standpoint when it comes to finances and responsibility.
“What is unbelievable is that, I am in a position where people reproach me for making a profit. The people who lose money – nobody says a word. Reproach the people who lose money. I do business by managing in a safe way in a healthy way, and on top of that you reproach me for making money. It looks like we are in a business where the desired quality is to lose money.”
3. Boring, Boring Tottenham
Arsene always did enjoy a laugh, and we’re glad it’s at the expense of Tottenham in this case. When asked by a reporter if he managed to watch the Spurs game last night, Wenger replied in a way which any Arsenal fan would be proud of.
“”I tried to watch the Tottenham match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep.”[/blockquote]
4. Nobody Has Enough Talent…
Anybody who has researched Arsene Wenger in detail will find that he has some interesting thoughts on issues outside of Football. This one is of course applicable to any situation. Overall, it’s just a great piece of advice, and I’m sure he reminds his young players of this idea regularly.
“Nobody has enough talent to live on talent alone. Even when you have talent, a life without work goes nowhere.”
5. Maybe One Day People Will Realise
More controversy you ask? Go on then. In recent years, Arsene Wenger has constantly been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Players leaving, messy contract negotiations, under-spending, and so forth. But here, Arsene reacts to his critics, and hopes one day they’ll realise…
“There is no priority other than being at the top level in Football. When you look back, you’ll see than Arsenal has been consistently [for Sixteen years] at the top level of European Football. You will find we have been consistently in the top three of four in England, some years we won [the League] and some years we didn’t win. Maybe one day people will realise that it’s not so easy to stay at the top, as well as facing financial compulsories that you face at that level.”
6. I Try To Teach My Team Politeness
Arsene relates his experiences of Japanese culture when it comes to victory, to describe his views on being humble in times of success. It’s an admirable trait to aspire for, but I can’t really see it catching on. After all, where would we be without Arsene’s famous celebratory dances?
“One of the things I discovered in Japan was from watching sumo wrestling. At the end you can never tell who has won the fight, and who has lost, because they do not show their emotion because it could embarrass the loser. It is unbelievable. That is why I try to teach my team politeness. It is only here in England that everybody pokes their tongue out when they win.”
Please excuse Number 7. Source wasn’t reliable.
8. I Didn’t See It
Everybody’s favourite Arsene Wenger Quote. If there is ever a questionable incident involving an Arsenal player on the pitch - you can guarantee that Arsene Wenger never saw it. He may have been looking directly at it with uninterrupted focus, but that’s not important. He never saw it. Honest.
“Sometimes I see it [a foul by an Arsenal player], but I say that I didn’t see it to protect the players and because I could not find any rational explanation for that they did.”
9. Physically, I Was Sick
A few years back, rumours spread that Arsene Wenger would have to stop the team bus on the way home in order to physically be sick following defeats. The reports were never confirmed, but this statement from Wenger certainly suggests that his emotions seem to be vented via vomit. It’s also a great example of how Wenger struggled for thirty years to achieve the success that he has. His career is indeed a fascinating one.
“”I started at 33 as a manager and sometimes I felt I wouldn’t survive. Physically, I was sick.”
10. I Want To End My Job Here
At the time of writing, Arsene Wenger has failed to win a trophy for Arsenal Football Club for almost eight years. But despite his failings, we can never doubt his commitment, dedication and love for the club he helped establish on a global stage. Without doubt, we owe Arsene Wenger a lot.
“I want to go to the end of my job here [at Arsenal]. I built this team, I want to deliver with this team and I feel that if I left, I would have in some way betrayed my own beliefs. It is as simple as that. I have a project here that I started, and I want to reach the end of it. I could not leave this team at this stage of their development.”
So, there you go. Ten of the very best Arsene Wenger quotes, epitomising his love for Arsenal, his and even his stance on bringing up kids in pubs .
Arsene Wenger is currently facing immense strife and pressure at Arsenal, and so it’s easy for fans to forget just what a great man he really is. We often take his presence for granted, and fail to recognise the positives. Back in October 2012, I published ten Arsene Wenger Interviews you’ve never seen before. If you’ve lost your love for Arsene - that article will certainly restore it.
Which one of the above Arsene Wenger quotes was your favourite? Have we missed one out? Share it with us in the comments section below!