Wenger Quotes: The Best Ever Arsene Wenger Sayings

The Best Ever Arsene Wenger Quotes

The largest collection of Arsene Wenger quotes on the web.

Comfortably Arsenal's longest serving and most successful manager ever, the 64-year-old Frenchman will have completed more than 20 years’ service by the end of his new contract.

So far he has taken charge of 1,010 matches, won three league titles, five FA Cups and four Community Shields. He’s helped revolutionise not just Arsenal Football Club, but English football in general, and has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the sport.

He made Henry…

Fewer on earth can match Wenger’s knack for spotting talent. And, boy, did he spot Thierry well?

‘I started him when he was 17 years old at Monaco and now he has already played 17 or 18 years at the top level. He has the technical qualities, a super physique and he is a very bright guy - and that means he learns from the competition.’

Talent Spotter

Arsene reserved high praise for wunderkid, Gedion Zelalem, the first player selected for Wenger's first team who was born after the Frenchman took charge.

‘I honestly think Gedion has the talent to become a great player... He is a creative player and he can create a spark, an opening with his passing, his vision through the lines. If he manages to develop his physique and keep his qualities, he can be a very important player. Let’s hope he will do it.’

Wenger’s favourite Henry goal

Of Henry's 228 goals for Arsenal, Wenger’s favourite moment came when he scored against Leeds United in his comeback game in January 2012.

“When he was with us he scored so many goals that it was just everyday business. But when he came back and scored that goal it was special because in that moment he put himself in the heart of every Arsenal fan forever.”

Statute endorser

Not many players will have their statutes erected at a club as a symbol of their legendary status. But Thierry Henry is one of the very few. He grew under Wenger’s watch to become a club symbol.

When I first put him at centre forward, he said, ‘Look I cannot score goals’, for someone who cannot score goals he has done quite well! He has a statue in front of the stadium - I think there are only two or three so that tells you what impact he has made.

On his formula for unearthing future stars

George Weah, Thierry Henry, Victor Ikpeba, Cesc Fabregas, the list is endless of the stars Wenger helped made. Just how does he manage to do that so often?

‘You want people who are consistently driven, you want ones like dogs who always want more. We try to identify that and try to make them stars.’

On Louis van Gaal's appointment…

Man United sacked David Moyes and replace him with the Dutch tactician.

I believe that Manchester United have appointed a great manager who has shown during the World Cup that he's top quality. It will certainly be difficult for us but for other competitors as well. We are all at the same level.

On Alexis Sanchez signing for Arsenal

After capturing Mesuit Ozil in a big-money move the previous season, Wenger again explains why he splashed the cash on the versatile Chilean.

‘He runs at people with the ball and he's a very versatile striker. He can play through the middle, he can play on both flanks and he has the qualities that I think are needed in England. He's brave, works hard and all these qualities together made me go for him. That's why he is a major signing for us, that's why we spend a lot of money on him. He has the quality to be efficient everywhere he plays.’

On Building a legacy…

“Today you still look back and talk about Chapman at Arsenal. And that’s not only because of the trophies he won, but because of the way he changed and shaped the future of the club. He had a big influence on the future of the club and that is something I’m aiming for. I think you must try to take the club to a new level and leave behind a legacy. I would like to go down in history as somebody who tried genuinely to help the club make a step forward.”

On The strength of the Premier League…

“There are no games in this league where you can afford to take a risk. There are some leagues where there are only five or six big teams and in the other matches you can afford to put the youngsters in and let them learn slowly. Here every game is like a cup game – you just can never afford to lose.”

Arsenal fans can agree...

“I feel personally responsible for representing all Arsenal fans. That’s three, four, five hundred thousand people, and I want them to be proud of the way we play, and also the way we behave.’

On George Weah as a player under his tutelage...

Weah was a real surprise. I have never seen any player explode on to the scene like he did.

On His former player George Weah running for Liberia’s presidency…

“I could not imagine that the shy boy walking up on his first day at Monaco, completely lost, who nobody knew, could one day challenge to become president of Liberia. First of all it shows the amazing strength of character this boy has. Secondly it shows how magical sport can be to get a guy who starts with nothing yet can suddenly become president of his country. It’s a fantastic promotion of what football can be.

The rise of foreign ownership…

Abrahamovic and his rich-pals are not Wenger’s favourite club owners.

“This trend does worry me. Generally you want the clubs to be in control of their own destiny. If you suddenly have 20 foreign investors who buy 20 English clubs, you are in danger. The manager is foreign, the players are foreign, the owners are foreign – you need to draw a line. England doesn’t control it anymore.”

Playing the ‘Arsenal Way’…

“Arsenal has gained a lot of credit all over the world for our style and our approach. When you see one of our players control the ball, you can tell he’s an Arsenal player straight away. There is an Arsenal way, an Arsenal style that is respected, and we have to put that all together now, and link it with efficiency.”

How to coach young players…

“The first thing to do is to give them the basics. The basics are technique, and you go from there. To make a comparison, it’s a bit like when you have a child - first you want to teach them a vocabulary so he can express himself. The technique is a vocabulary of a football player – that’s the basis. After that, you want your child to use intelligent sentences. For that he has to use his technique in an intelligent way, and that’s where the coaches come in.”

His view of the lower leagues…

“I keep in touch with the Championship more than I used to. To be honest it wasn’t really my cup of tea before. I saw some games where it was just kick and rush, but now you see much more football.”

Philosophy on life…

“I like a famous line from a great philosopher who said: ‘The only way to deal with death is to transform everything that precedes it into art.’ That means we have to make sure that we try to make every day as beautiful as we can.”

After his team come from behind to win the FA Cup

“There is no bigger pleasure and happiness than when things look lost, and you win it again. The only thing is that it shortens your life! But for all the rest there is no bigger happiness. We made a demonstration on how not to start a final, and also a demonstration on how to come back.”

On Man City winning the 2014 league title…

At the top, everybody who wins it can say they deserve to win it. Man City were just getting over the line without the brilliance they had shown at the start of the season but they had experience, quality and congratulations to them.

On his own future…

No, don't be impatient. My last time will come! You will get rid of me one day, don't worry.

On being an unknown quantity back when Arsenal signed him

‘Of course, I am conscious of the need to buy astutely, but I don't think people will reject me just because I am foreign or they don't recognise me in the street. They will reject me if I don't do a good job or adapt to the demands of Arsenal.’

Is Podolski a striker or left-sided forward?

"He is happy to play where he plays. He has over 100 caps with Germany and does not have one cap with Germany in the middle. Over 100 caps on the left. You cannot say it is not his job - he is happy there. He made a great international career there."

Source: Arsenal.com 

On Sagna leaving for Manchester City

"I am sorry he left us because I absolutely tried to keep him. He was a very good player and could cover us in central defence. We lost him. He could have gone even if Manchester City did not exist. He could have gone somewhere, Italy, anywhere."

On missing out on signing Drogba...

"I would have loved to have managed Didier Drogba, for two reasons. One, I missed him when he played at Le Mans in France, not even in the top league. I knew there was a good player there and I missed him. And secondly, because he hurt us so much in big games that all this pain would not have happened."

On his biggest miss ever in the transfer market...

"My biggest regret, I was so close to signing Cristiano Ronaldo. And not only did I not get him, but he signed for Manchester United. That, of course, still hurts today."

His best ever signing? Henry? Vieira? Pires?

"I’d never say which player was the best, but I think it’s the signings like Lauren who you spot when nobody else does. He was a right midfielder who I played at right back and was one of the Invincibles."

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I think training of better Youth Coaches is essential.

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He made the impossible possible.

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Sol has experience, pace and physical power, which nobody else has together.

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If you do not believe you can do it then you have no chance at all.

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I think generally the Japanese players have more intensity in practice but generally I do the same things.

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You cannot say that you are happy when you don't win.

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Their diet is basically boiled vegetables, fish and rice. No fat, no sugar. You notice when you live there that there are no fat people.

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Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players... they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure.

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Of course, we also have the responsibility to win games and the difficulty in the job is to combine both.

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Of the nine red cards this season we probably deserved half of them.

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At a young age winning is not the most important thing... the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.

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It's silly to work hard the whole week and then spoil it by not preparing properly before the game.

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I think in the future we need to look at our youth department to provide more players for the first team, I think it is important for a club to have a good amount of players that have roots with the club and region.

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"What is difficult to manage today is that everybody knows absolutely everything and everybody judges people definitely on one game. You have to accept that football is played by human beings who have ups and downs like you have in your life."

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"You have plenty of tacticians in the world who have managed zero games. You have to accept their opinion - they might be right, they might be wrong as well. They have to accept that."

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"We live in a world where everybody has an opinion and we have to live with that. At the end of the day, somebody always has to make a decision and that's the guy who is responsible."

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