Part 1 of the 8 most revealing quotes from Arsene Wenger about Arsene Wenger
”At a young age winning is not the most important thing. The important thing is to develop creative and good skilled players with confidence.”
Yes, Wenger said this. Then again it’s not exactly hard to believe. Truthfully, I am convinced the man is right only I think he might be ‘more’ right, if such a notion is plausible, if he said that it was important for young players to be creative, good skilled, confident and to have a winning mentality to boot. Having skill, confidence and the ability to create sounds like our first team. Somebody should whisper in Wenger’s ear that a winning mentality helps too.
”I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables.”
Wenger made this remark once whilst speaking about the dietary influence he had on the English Premier League. It was known that professional players in England in the early to mid nineties played without caring much for the impact their diet had on their performance but when Wenger arrived, so the legend has it, he revolutionised the way a modern professional footballer, an athlete, should take care of himself in his own time. No longer was it enough to eat appropriately when with the club on duty, it was now also a necessity for the player to take care of himself when away from the club. This impact will perhaps be Wenger’s greatest legacy to English football, apart from the invincibles of course.
”Of course we also have the responsibility to win games and the difficulty in the job is to combine both.”
Wenger was speaking about the importance of entertainment aligned to success. His theory, a somewhat beautiful one however idealistic and wanting of pragmatism it might be, is, for the most part, his defining characteristic. Winning is important but not the be all and end all. When we consider that it is, as the cliché never fails to remind us, a results business, well, we realise just what a startlingly original manager we have. For everybody else success is paramount, for Wenger there is no hierarchy as the two, entertainment and success, are equals.
”Of the nine red cards this season we probably deserved half of them.”
The Frenchman is renowned for his considered eye sight. He sees what he wants, when he wants. It’s infuriating yet wonderful, naïve yet masterful. Wenger is always effusive even when he is clearly calculated and merely employing a step in his plan. He adorns the manner of a man who would never ask his players to play aggressively and when they do he rarely acknowledges the problem. ”I never saw it” was a post match manager’s comment for as long as I can remember, Arsene Wenger took it to new levels, for better or worse.