36 Educational Quotes From Arsenal Legend Arsene Wenger - 'Le Professeur'

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36. On what’s expected at Arsenal: "At some clubs success is accidental. At Arsenal it is compulsory.”

35. On what he does in his spare time: "I watch football.”

34. On his childhood in a pub: "There is no better psychological education than growing up in a pub when you are five or six because you meet all different people and hear how cruel they can be. You hear the way they talk to each other like saying 'You're a liar.' And from an early age you get a practical psychological education into the minds of people.”

33. On how he reacts to losing: "I don't kick dressing room doors or the cat or even football journalists.”

32. On his early days as a manager: "I started at 33 as a manager and sometimes I felt I wouldn't survive. Physically I was sick.”

31. On Tony Adams: "When I first came to Arsenal, I realised the back four were all university graduates in the art of defending. As for Tony Adams, I consider him to be a doctor of defence. He is simply outstanding.”

30. On sacrifices: "Any man who concentrates his energies totally on one passion is, by definition, someone who hurts the people close to him.”

29. On politics: "Politically, I am for efficiency. Economically first. Until the 1980s the world was divided into two, people were either communist or capitalist. The communist model does not work economically, we all realised that, but the capitalist model in the modern world also looks to be unsustainable. You cannot ignore individual interests, but I believe the world evolves slowly. The last 30 years have brought a minimum amount of money for everybody in the west, the next step, politically, would be a maximum amount of money earned by everybody.”

28. On Jose Mourinho: "He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”

27. On British food: "What's really dreadful is the diet in Britain. The whole day you drink tea with milk and coffee with milk and cakes. If you had a fantasy world of what you shouldn't eat in sport, it's what you eat here.”

26. On Jose Reyes wanting to leave Arsenal: "Despite the global warming, England is still not warm enough for him.”

25. On original thinking: "The biggest things in life have been achieved by people who, at the start, we would have judged crazy. And yet if they had not had these crazy ideas the world would have been more stupid.”

24. On the meaning of life: "I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. When you read some books they are fantastic, the writer touches something in you that you know you would not have brought out of yourself. He makes you discover something interesting in your life. If you are living like an animal, what is the point of living? What makes daily life interesting is that we try to transform it to something that is close to art. And football is like that. When I watch Barcelona, it is art.”

23. On the media’s relationship with Alex Ferguson: "What I don't understand is that he does what he wants and you are all at his feet.”

22. On football outside of England: "Sometimes now, when I watch continental games on television, I'm a bit bored. I'm thinking: 'Where is the intensity?’”

21. On Emmanuel Adebayor’s stamp on Robin van Persie: “I watched it when I got home and it looked very bad. You ask 100 people, 99 will say it’s very bad and the hundredth will be Mark Hughes.”

20. On the changing expectations of Arsenal fans: "If you eat caviar every day it's difficult to return to sausages.”

19. On Dennis Bergkamp: "Intelligence and class. Class is of course, most of the time linked to what you can do with the ball, but the intelligence makes you use the technique in an efficient way. It's like somebody who has a big vocabulary but he doesn't say intelligent words, and somebody who has a big vocabulary but he can talk intelligently, and that's what Dennis is all about. What he does, there's always a head and always a brain. And his technique allows him to do what he sees, and what he decides to do.”

18. On needy football teams: "A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful.”

17. On British success at the 2012 Olympics: "I didn't know the English were good at swimming. I have been in this country for 12 years and I haven't seen a swimming pool.”

16. On international managers: “What the national coaches are doing is like taking the car from his garage without even asking permission. They will then use the car for ten days and abandon it in a field without any petrol left in the tank. We then have to recover it, but it is broken down. Then a month later they will come to take your car again, and for good measure you're expected to be nice about it."

15. On the differences between him and Gerard Houlier: "Gerard is an open-minded and passionate man. I am the opposite: stubborn and stupid. But sometimes stupid behaviour makes you win.”

14. On belief: “If you can not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.”

13. On lessons from Japanese culture: "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.”

12. On one of his less successful buys: "Maybe people will be surprised that I have signed an Englishman but I looked at his quality and not his passport. Francis (Jeffers) is a 'fox in the box’.”

11. On the secret of success: “When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren't the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.”

10. On playing good football: "If I asked you who was the best team in the world you would say Brazil. And do they play good football? Yes. Which club won everything last year? Barcelona. Good football. I am not against being pragmatic, because it is pragmatic to make a good pass, not a bad one. If I have the ball, what do I do with it? Could anybody argue that a bad solution like just kicking it away is pragmatic just because, sometimes, it works by accident?”

9. On Arsenal’s transfer philosophy: "We do not buy superstars. We make them.”

8. On Alex Ferguson’s claim that Manchester United were a better side than Arsenal in 2002: "Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.”

7. On what it’s like to watch Spurs: "I tried to watch the Tottenham match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep.”

6. On Sol Campbell’s move to Portsmouth: "It is a big surprise to me because he canceled his contract to go abroad. Have you sold Portsmouth to a foreign country?"

5. On his eyesight: "I did not see the incident.”

4. On Arsenal’s foreign legion: "When you represent a club it's about values and qualities, not about passports.”

3. On the Invincible season: “It’s not impossible to go through the season unbeaten and I can’t see why it’s shocking to say that.”

2. On the future: "I am in a job where you always look in front of you. Unfortunately, the older you get, the less distance there is in front of you.”

1. On retirement: "I'll buy a season ticket, go to the games in red & white & hope Arsenal win on Saturday."

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