Wax on, wax off! Sensei Wenger talks management

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Arsene Wenger has outlined in broad terms what it takes to be a successful manager touching on the challenge of creating squad harmony, the importance of positivity and his quest to find players who are consistently motivated.

Speaking at a question and answer session with Japanese business leaders ahead of his side’s 2-1 win over Urawa Red Diamonds, the boss spoke in depth about his managerial philosophy (transcript by the Mirror’s John Cross).

“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,” said the boss when asked what he looks for in a new player.

“You have many people who start diets on the January 1. Some of them last until mid-January, some give up mid-June and some of them last. We are interested in the ones that last because that makes a successful sportsman.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean successful sportsmen are happy people, but it means they are determined and they are ready to hurt themselves to be successful, and that’s the type we are looking for – the people that are very demanding with themselves, and each other for a long time.

“That consistent motivation is applicable to football, business, anything you do in life.”

As a man who created a team who went 49 games unbeaten, Wenger’s reputation for forging success in a high-pressure environment precedes him.

Quizzed on the key ingredients of a winning team he identified key positions on the pitch before ruminating on the necessity of clear rules so that his global stars adhere to a common culture.

“You can’t have any weak positions. You need players who can make the difference. You need a team who can stop the other team from scoring goals – so a good goalkeeper and good defence – and you need to score.

“You need one guy who can pass the ball – the quarterback – to one guy who can score the goal – the receiver.

“Once you have a guy who can give passes to score, you will always have a chance to win football games. The rest is based on teamwork and attitude.

“It’s important to have clear rules and everyone knows and agrees with it.

“For example, being on time isn’t the same for a Japanese man as it is for a Frenchman – when a Frenchman arrives five minutes late, he still thinks he is on time. In Japan, when it’s five minutes before the set time he thinks he is too late.

“That means you have to create a new culture and identify how we all want to behave and create a company culture. That way, when someone steps out of line, we can say, ‘Look, my friend, that’s not what we said.’”

Of course it’s not all corporal punishment with Arsene, a man who time and again attempts to play up the positives when faced with negative headlines.

“We live in a life where everyone tells us what we don’t have. Most of the time, I remind my team and my players of the qualities they do have.

“None of us have all the qualities in life, but the good thing is that we can all be successful without having all the qualities. Players shouldn’t forget the qualities they do have.”

All very pleasant from Arsene, although Arseblog News isn’t quite sure how these pep talks went down with some of the players he’s recruited down the years.

We’ll assume the reason he doesn’t talk like this in England is that follow up questions from local hacks would likely rip the veneer from his philosophy like a scab from a grazed knee…

“So Arsene, what positives did you stress in Igor Stepanovs’ game?”

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Wenger's Glasses
Wenger's Glasses

I love this man.

Mayor

Good one there, i’ll suggest we go to japan for press conferences before and after every game we play in the premier league.

ckmma
ckmma

I love him too but he is really putting his legacy in jeopardy the longer he refuses to spend the money needed to make this squad competitive. Whether thats down to the board or him I will never know, but from the look of things now, its up to him and hes not doing everything that he can. 4 weeks and counting signings are needed before the season starts, now they will have no pre season if they join. No more excuses.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If I want to buy a jacuzzi, and I have the money to buy a jacuzzi, then what am I supposed to do? All that is left in the shop is a bucket, because Monaco, PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Manchester City have bought all the display jacuzzis and the shop is keeping the rest of the jacuzzis in the stock room and denying they are for sale in case any of those teams come back with their millions to get another jacuzzi.

The only jacuzzi that is on sale is a dirty one in which a grisly murder took place, and the owner of that one wants to keep it in place because he likes the notoriety of a having a “death jacuzzi”.

Not to mention that jacuzzi’s have developed a low form of cunning intelligence and have all decided that only billionaires bums are good enough to enjoy their bubbles.

ckmma
ckmma

Thats not the right analogy, because you’re missing out the bit that everyone enters the shop at the same time and can only start to buy things at the same time. You do your market research before you enter and have a plan of what you want to buy knowing very well everyone is after the same things.

You can’t complain thats its unfair everyone had more money but everyone has the same amount of time. I think hes really screwed up this time missing out on Higuain, he would have added depth to the squad and improve the team, end of. We’re now gona face him next week when he plays for Napoli and we will see what the fuss is about.

amaher15
amaher15

I’ve a strange urge to research this utterly life consuming Jacuzzi market you’re speaking of. If only there were more bathroom furnishing based websites that splurged lazy journalistic insights into retail, something like the Daily Mirror would be an appropriate site name.

PissedOffOfFinsburyPark
PissedOffOfFinsburyPark

Been a hot day and too hot to be working, I will take the jacuzzi analogy further. AW has a collection of lame jacuzzis, loyal and hard-working, but not good enough to win any of the jacuzzi competitions, what with him having sold off all the world beating jacuzzis, in previous years. He also seeks to congratulate himself that he will not be selling off any more of his stock this year. That’s right Arsene, because anything worth buying has already been sold by you.
Arsene then pretends to make a purchase of a jacuzzi at Scouseland Jacuzzis (We’ll even through in a free perm and tracksuit) by insulting them thereby ensuring that no business gets done.
Arsene then proclaims that the future lies with a few sinks and bathtubs he has in the shed and will win the Premier league, the World cup, the Arsene Wenger Cup (4th place in the league) etc, etc. Add to that, he is proud to announce to the world that a gem of a jacuzzi he has had for years is making a comeback, yes the Diaby jacuzzi. Only problem is, it can’t hold water, along with any of Arsene’s comments.

hunter13
hunter13

ckmma I think youre more interested in saying that wenger has screwed up rather than genuinely being concerned about the squad or transfers. sounds as if you like throwing around the “no excuses” one-liner……

higuain may well have added to the squad but whether he would improve it we don’t know…..its a guess…yet you word it as if youre certain he would improve us. What if he couldn’t cope with the weather ? What if he didn’t like it here at all and did a hleb? finally at what cost would he improve the team? for 15 id buy him too , but at 32? no way..might as well pay more and get a much better player.

EmanAFC
EmanAFC

Thanks Arsene. This surely makes this transfer window more bearable.

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

Sometimes I think he’s too smart and sophisticated for football.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Yeah, his recent trophy haul proves it.

Anon
Anon

Being smart and sophisticated at something doesn’t mean one is going to succeed all year every year, especially when you need to manage the £20m per year needed for the stadium.

hunter13
hunter13

well said anon. apparently the jerks who complain have forgotten old pete saying in agm ’10 meeting that manager needs to generate a 25m surplus per season…mainly through player sales.

Rob'67
Rob'67

Just to get one thing straight :- ‘success every year’ is just that “every year”. We are currently on eight and counting (i.e. seven more than ‘every year’). Didn’t Bayern Munich move to a new stadium in recent memory ? How come they manage to win things but we don’t ?

We already have one embryonic David Brent in Ivan – ‘we’re the new Barcelona, in fact make that the new Bayern’ – Gazedis, without Wenger chucking in his’ two penneth’ as well.

They’re a brain-dead pair of bozos, like the Chuckle Brothers but without the intelligence and currently extracting in excess of ten million pounds in wages and bonuses from Arsenal between ’em.

I suggest they get out in that transfer market and start to earn it rather than handing out prattish gibberish to Japanese journalists.

On September 2nd we face the prospect of Bendtner being ‘like a new signing’ because that’s all they’ve been able to come up with.

If you’re happy with that, Im not.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

You sound silly, and confused, and for some reason certain that we won’t sign a striker this summer.

Further, your comparison with Bayern Munich is so simplistic it’s funny. What a completely myopic viewpoint. Why not try contextualizing the leagues, the status of each club in those respective leagues, and the financial status of the competition in both leagues, before implying that Arsenal should have been expected to win consistently post-stadium build just like Munich.

People like you will always find a reason to bash Wenger. It’s funny that the recent mega-bid for Suarez (one I think we’ll increase this week) has taken away one staple moan in the anti-Wenger brigade’s repertoire (he’s cheap, won’t ever spend big, etc.).

Rob'67
Rob'67

The ‘silliness and confusion’ is all yours because I didn’t make the initial comparison between Arsenal and BM, your hero Ivan did.

But you are right that I do ‘bash Wenger’ and have cause to season after season as he turns up empty handed, trailing feeble excuses most of which have worn thin years ago.

This move for Suarez is a hoax designed to con the gullible into thinking Arsenal are prepared to spend money. They are not. Stan prefers it in the bank where he can use it’s presence to good effect – for himself.

But come September 2nd we’ll see. I don’t think Arsenal have any intentions of signing anyone other than – maybe – a Supermarket Checkout type purchase, at the eleventh hour, nice and cheap. And otherwise it’s Sanogo.

Hilguain was available and Falleni still is. And if we were serious we’d have moved for both. But we’re not.

Come September 2nd we’ll see who is right.

iwearnosocks
iwearnosocks

you do realize Bayern has the highest commercial revenue in Europe, even higher than RM (and leagues ahead of MU)? i mean, your entire post reeks of cherry-picked comparisons to support your illogical claim, it’s a wonder you’re able to use a computer.

Rob'67
Rob'67

I can use a computer but you can’t read.

I didn’t make the original comparison with BM – Gazedis did.

But seeing as how he’s so keen to raise the point, it’s more than justified to note the differences rather than the similarities.

Comprende ?

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

@Rob,

I guess what I don’t get is why you’re angry about a situation that has yet to happen. You ended your first comment with “if you’re happy with that, I’m not.” But what is “that”? You’re not happy about a “that” that hasn’t even happened.

NONE of us would be happy if we ended the transfer window with only Sanogo, and I’m sure our frustration will be here for you and all to see. But until that happens, I’m not going to go around insulting Wenger and Gazidis or the fans who are still hopeful of big signings.

hunter13
hunter13

Bayern didn’t have to pay for their stadium…it was a gift by munich council and Allianz….learn a few things before talking please. thank you

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Just ask yourself who has won all the recent Champions Leagues and Premier Leagues. They were all clubs funded by billionaires (or Man United with their well advanced commercial side and a pretty bloody brilliant if cunty manager).

We are fighting a war against giants. It isn’t as easy fighting billionaire clubs as fighting Megatron. You can’t do it on a shoestring, and despite our increased funds we are on a shoestring compared to these other clubs. We are lucky to have a manager that has kept us as the best of the rest, and hating him for being in charge and accusing him of not spending because he doesn’t want to are the sad ways in which many people seem to be trying to avoid facing the realities of life. The rich get to fight amongst themselves for whatever they want and the poor get to compete for the leftovers. Just go out and try buying a Rolls Royce next time you get a Christmas bonus from work. Better you do what you can to tart up your Honda Accord.

Thy fact that we can get in amongst the big boys and be close is pretty good. We aren’t going to get any “names” this summer because they will end up going to the clubs they always go to. They want far more certainty about their chance of trophies than a club that doesn’t have a free spending billionaire in charge. We can hope to sneak an FA Cup or the League Cup if we have some luck and actually put out decent teams for them, but we will no doubt prioritise the league and Champions League just like the teams above us do, because we aspire to be like them, not like Birmingham, West Ham, Spurs and Liverpool, etc etc.

We can only hope we can get in some players who will improve the squad so that we aren’t as bare when our top players inevitably get banned or injured. We need to fight for a season the way we fought at the end of last season, and we need better squad players for when our stars have a day off.

We are sure to buy more players this summer but they will be squad players. Consistency, not “names” will win us something.

hunter13
hunter13

way too sophisticated for the simple folk who see everything through the win/lose prism and give him shit for not winning titles when the club is still repaying its stadium

Rob'67
Rob'67

That’s what defines football – winning and losing.

Because if you lose enough you go down and if you win enough you might get a trophy. That’s why great team and great Managers ‘win thing’s. And bad teams and bad Mangers, don’t.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

If that’s what defines football for you, then you’re being completely illogical by supporting any team that doesn’t win stuff.

You seem utterly baffled by what’s staring you in the face, namely that fans support clubs for reasons other than winning and losing, and their devotion is rarely if ever contingent on the vagaries of circumstance or personnel.

Rob'67
Rob'67

That’s what defines the outcome on the pitch Einstein. Who you support or why is another matter entirely.

When the results are read out it’s defined by goals scored, as is the League table and how if at all, progression is made in knockout competitions.

What draws people to support a Club is another matter entirely. From a Manager’s point of view – and I’m thinking of your dear little hero Mr MaGoo here – the outcome, as defined by goals scored, is crucial.

If post match he states :- “Sorry we just lost 2 – 8 but Banburylist still loves me” he might come over as even bigger prat than he is already.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

What draws people to support a Club is another matter entirely.

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Not for you, it isn’t. Your hatred of Wenger and Gazidis is based solely on results on the pitch without any consideration whatsoever of the effects of the stadium build on our financial model coinciding unfortunately with the massive influx of cash-rich owners.

You call those “tired excuses,” whereas I call them “valid reasons.” You say they’ve been done to death, whereas your point of view has also been done to death.

I think your lack of consideration for context is extremely unfair on the club. There’s a point at which we can all admit frustration while at the same time acknowledging that the club has been under a lot of pressure (both from within and without) since financing the stadium. In that context, Wenger has done exceptionally well. If you think we could have financed a £40m+ deal for one player three or four years ago, then you’d be wrong.

But, for you, this disrespectful refusal to acknowledge these pressures is based only on one consideration only: trophies. So, how can you say that being a fan for you isn’t based solely on wins or losses?

hunter13
hunter13

stop talking shit Rob’67. You saying that the finalists ( not the winners) are bad teams with bad managers and bad players?

football for the fans is defined by memories
for the players by money and medals
for the clubs …football is defined by profits

youre not a player and youre not an owner ……so stop acting like one. just watch and enjoy and if you aint enjoying then don’t watch. very simple.

hunter13
hunter13

hey rob what drew you to Arsenal then?…don’t tell me the trophies…not that much or anything to brag about…….from 1953 to 1989 …which is 36 YEARS…the club only had a double to show for…….

is this what drew you to Arsenal then? Haha…

Maybe your Arsenal was defined by them lads who lost the saragosa final due to a 50mtr lob….?…. or according to your words and since they didn’t win it…they were bad players and coached by bad manager.

Bamford13
Bamford13

But the club has made it abundantly clear that the manager has ample money to spend. So why do you keep trotting out the ‘stadium-debt’ argument?

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

The club has made it clear we have money to spend this year. The reason people keep “trotting out” the stadium debt argument is because it’s valid. Up until this year, we have not had extra funds for transfers.

Based on your comment, it appears there are still some astonishingly stupid people out there who think “stadium debt” is a fairy tale made up by the evil Wenger and his sidekick Gazidis.

hunter13
hunter13

nice one bunburyist!

Filip
Filip

There are some managers that appear to know everything about football, except how to win a football match. Can’t say that about Arsene though, which makes me wonder why I replied to your comment.

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks

so what happened to chamakh? his diet finished january 2nd

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks

Park January 1st, Squillaci January 2nd, Santos january 3rd, Arshavin January 4th, Gervinho January 7th, Bendtner finished January 10th, Eboue January 20th,Denilson January 21st and on and on..

Denis
Denis

When did Thierry Henry’s finish? Or Denis Bergkamp? Or Robert Pires? Patrick Viera? Tony Adams? Ray Parlour? When do you think Santi Cazorla’s will end? Laurent Koscielny? Per Mertasacker? Bacary Sagna? Cesc Fabregas? Robin Van Persie?

twisted cuntloks
twisted cuntloks

you obviously don’t see the joke, don’t worry

hunter13
hunter13

the joke wasn’t obvious…sounded like a moan….

Nikki
Nikki

The part about motivation is something that really inspire me. A really great man and proud to have him as the manager.

The only olivier is giroud
The only olivier is giroud

I quote Rowan Atkinson from Jonny English: ‘Such class…such distinction’.

A N Other
A N Other

I like the quote – its not just motivation, its constant motivation.

Solid Gooner
Solid Gooner

You could sub ParkBendtnerChamakh for Igor Stepanovs to get the right perspective.

Rummy
Rummy

Thanks to your post I’ve realised you can condense those 3 names to Park Bench! Days happiness fulfilled!

Bendtner+Park+Chamack = Benparch
Bendtner+Park+Chamack = Benparch

No, you actually got my name wrong.

me
me

I feel a lot of Wengers view on football can be applied to life in general. top man, still don’t understand why he passed on Higuain though. sorry to go off topic.

Blogs, you did allude to ‘stuff that you do know’ regarding our transfer business this summer on twitter ( yeah twitter stalker me, lol).

i know you don’t do the ‘itk’ thing, neither do I, but i respectfully ask if you would write a blog post on ‘what you do know’ once this window has closed and the season proper begins? please………

iwearnosocks
iwearnosocks

the way I see it is that Higuain was worth whatever we had bid (and had accepted). Once RM raised the price, the deal was less economic, especially in the light of Higuain being more similar to Giroud than other potential target(s) (viz Suarez).

It’s always a gradient – you’d take every striker for 0 fees and 0 wages (squad disharmony and other factors aside), but as the price keeps going up the relative values change.

Arsecrew
Arsecrew

“so a good goalkeeper and good defence”

The irony of that statement…..

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Second best defence in the league last season. I fail to see the irony.

Cordicalkid (FUT) PS3 FIFA
Cordicalkid (FUT) PS3 FIFA

He’s building a solid defence. Now he just needs to add backup for the solid defence. INJURIES have haunted us in the past

heh
heh

Yeah Wenger. blah blah some of it abit insightful but still blah blah.

I wish he answered transfer news with this so much detail. all this “we are not close to signing anyone” is not to my taste.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If he did I suspect that you and me wouldn’t be the only people taking note of it.

Not to mention the fact that he’d be pretty unusual in doing it. No other club in Europe tells anybody their strategy for strengthening. It gives too much information both to your rivals and the selling clubs.

Barcelona and Real Madrid do talk a lot about who they want, but that is what classless clubs do.

I am pissed off with Arsenal for telling the world we had more money to spend than we have had for years. Our business should be done entirely behind closed doors.

DangerMouse
DangerMouse

I woke up this morning and remembered that in last nights drunken haze I had bet a tenner that Arsenal would win the league. Poor misguided overly optimistic drunken me. I was reading Arsenes piece above on what it takes to be a success in life and I note that nowhere does he mention anything about falling around pubs or putting on drunken bets as being the habits of successful people. Damn.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

Yes, yes, he’s a nice man. Terrible at his job now, but still a nice man.

He’s a little like me. Without the “nice man” part.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

People too caught up in the ‘cult of personality’ to realise this man’s days as a top level coach are slowly drawing to a close.

hunter13
hunter13

you really don’t know what youre talking about. This top level you talk of…he created it. to beat him you need to spend 4 times what he does.

goonerlad
goonerlad

hes nothing like you, you’re a dipshit

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

It was supposed to be a joke – i.e. I’m terrible at my job, and a really shitty person to boot. Hence the whole ‘please click here to see this abortion of a comment’! bit.

Still though, thank you, fellow Arsenal fan, for standing by me during these dark times. Truly you are a bastion of… oh whatever. Fahk ahf, ya dick!

Gunner of Ethiopia
Gunner of Ethiopia

“None of us have all the qualities in life, but the good thing is that we can all be successful without having all the qualities.”…So much class!

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Getting £7million a year just to finish in the top four is certainly success alright.

Mills (the other one)
Mills (the other one)

After creating the invincibles, winning the double twice, being part of the team to move us to a new stadium, champions league 16yrs in a row, on a tiny sponsorship deal while paying off the debt and leaving us (I still hope he doesn’t) all the wile fending off much bigger offers from “bigger” clubs …. Absolute untouchable class

Mills (the other one)
Mills (the other one)

*leaving us (I still hope he doesn’t) with a truly great football club with class and history, all while ….

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Therein lies the source behind a lot of the Wenger-hate. He earns a lot of money that they think he doesn’t deserve because they truly believe they could do his job.

Well, it’s like thinking you could be a brain surgeon because obviously it only involves standing at a table and cutting and sewing stuff.

hunter13
hunter13

Haha..top quality comment !

Anton
Anton

Don’t care. It makes it all the frustrating that we all know that Wenger is a very intelligent man. But the shit he does defies reasonable logic. Why doesn’t he apply the same level of clarity on signing some fucking players?

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Him and the board simply don’t know what they’re doing anymore. People are blinded by his pseudo intellectualism.

DoubleDoubleDouble
DoubleDoubleDouble

If I scroll down further, have you moaned like a little bitch on every other post down there as well?

You’ve made your point, so give it a fucking rest you whiny little boring cunt.

Arsecrew
Arsecrew

DoubleDoubleDouble

Dont call anyone on here a cunt if its not a spud. People are entitled to their own opinions you fucking ****.

DoubleDoubleDouble
DoubleDoubleDouble

I have no issue with people having opinions, just with people who drone on and on about them.

It’s football, it’s supposed to be entertainment, and a distraction from the shittier aspects of life, like me not being able to get into the pants of the receptionist at work.

Mills (the other one)
Mills (the other one)

Think what you are doing wrong is you need to take them off before you try get in them or may be easier to buy a pair for yourself, less chance of public humiliation

DoubleDoubleDouble
DoubleDoubleDouble

If I bought my own, then they wouldn’t be hers, which would somewhat defeat the point of it.

Though you have given me an idea – perhaps I should find out what brand she wears and test the elasticity, to see what wriggle room there is.

hunter13
hunter13

hey arsecrew what if their opinions are …shit? can we not tell them off?

He made me say it
He made me say it

It all seems fun now, but when Blogs gets home we’ll be thowy.

Bonjour
Bonjour

The reason why Arseblog remains the #1 Arsenal blog of choice among many fans is because of its perceived neutrality. Blinded negativity will turn this place into Le Grove, while fostering a Wenger cult of personality will turn this place into an irrelevant tourist attraction.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

DoubleDoubleDouble, if you don’t like what I have to say, then go somewhere else. I’m not going anywhere mate. So just suck it up like a man and jog on.

Last time I checked this was not the People’s Republic of China.

By the way, say hi to your colleagues at the Arsenal Press Office where everything is happy and lovely in Wenger land.

hunter13
hunter13

GMWWS : what has china got to do with your stupid opinions being challenged ? Explain that one please. Do you feel you can say whatever you want without responsibility ?

LANS
LANS

rip the veneer from his philosophy like a scab from a grazed knee…

Where did that come from?
Bit harsh

HitsMan
HitsMan

“We live in a life where everyone tells us what we don’t have. Most of the time, I remind my team and my players of the qualities they do have.”

Wow. You often forget that Wenger is a football manager. He’s the classiest manager I’ve ever seen.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Not classy enough to win things though.

legio
legio

Looking at the recent winners, I can’t see how class has anything to do with it.

T.Adams is a legent
T.Adams is a legent

Dnt thnk its about being classy more like success & he is succesful

CountLeaf

people here fucking forgetting he did win stuff, and with class.

hunter13
hunter13

hehe… you see these perfectionists were used to aiming for the league title every season before arsene wenger…hence their expectations.

Bamford13
Bamford13

“Did win stuff”. I like that. Yes, he did win stuff — once upon a time. People are “forgetting” that because, one, that was all a long time ago, two, the side has been mediocre and in decline for eight years now, and three, this manager is completely and wholly responsible for that mediocrity. And yet he seems to think he has a fabulous side! “With or without additions we can be title challengers next season.” Pathetic.

Goontang
Goontang

This is not the type of news I keep refreshing for…..

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

News is simply what happens. Arsenal news this week is that they are back in England, training hard, and preparing for the Emirates Cup, while somewhere in the background employees of the club are trying to buy some new players for us.

Better honest news than the shit the newspapers make up.

Indiano
Indiano

He is a good man, and thorough.

that french bloke!
that french bloke!

Such a good man, great values, probably the only man in elite football circles to stand by his values and set such a great example for all. As a gooner truly lucky to have witnessed the wenger era!

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

The Wenger era has only been half successful….

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

That new 60,000 seat stadium represents failure to you, does it?

That’s not even a particularly good troll. Can you come back when you’ve got some kind of point?

thanks in advance

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

I welcome you as a fellow Gooner. All kinds of people can be Gooners, including spoilt brats.

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

No hairdryer at the emirates so….

North Bank Gooner
North Bank Gooner

Oh Arsene,
You are so zen,
We are all worried about signings,
please tell us, when?

eat your heart out Tubes 😉

GreenGooner
GreenGooner

Arsene is a fucking troll…

glory hunter
glory hunter

Spot on mate, a troll with a silver tongue.
As much as want to dislike him, you just cant!

Brady7
Brady7

Well that’s cleared that up then. After that crap it makes understanding women relatively easy! Thanks Arsene your a real pal.

sam
sam

Mr Nice man

Spend the fucken MONEY !
You 4got that its bin almost 10yrs since we won the EPL .
we bin patience for a long time and with the worst squad we have for next season , we gonna strugle to finish 4th

WENGER OUT , No one is bigger than the club .

IN WENGER WE RUST !

Spooner
Spooner

Zzzzzzzzzz…….

superanderslimpar
superanderslimpar

What.A.Bellend.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If you’re going to round up the number of years since we won a trophy you should make it sound more impressive and go for the whole Century.

Ger
Ger

I love Arsene Wenger but he gives too much weight to his philosophies and sometimes forgets reality.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Exactly.

Jagger
Jagger

And here I was thinking that the whole of this article was him sharing his experiences to improve real people in real organisations to achieve real long term success. What a doofus I turned out to be.

Jagger
Jagger

Let me clarify: here is a man teaching Japanese entrepreneurs about management and achieving optimal success for set conditions. The Japanese are pioneers when it comes to management and process control. All major multinationals have adopted Japanese business cultures in the last 50 years as a result. They (the Japanese) know their shit in this field. So for them to invite Wenger to speak does not suggest that Wenger has lost touch of reality as much as some people seem to think.

Arsenal Rising
Arsenal Rising

Exactly. He should be concentrating on his own job! You never heard alice ferguson doing these things. Get the transfers done Wenger, then you can spout as much bullshit you like!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

His job is management of a team. That is precisely where such expertise is so important.

For all that people say that Arsene Wenger has lost the plot he has never lost the dressing room. He’s lost players who were more concerned for their own personal glory than bringing success to the team, but the team as a whole has never lost their belief in him.

Jagger
Jagger

@Arsenal Rising:

You would begrudge a man 2 hours from the whole summer? Isn’t that unreasonable? Also “Alice” ‘Beetroot’ Ferguson does not and will never have the eloquence, charisma and culture that Wenger has.

Jasonissimo
Jasonissimo

@Arsenal Rising

Alex Ferguson was recently the subject of a Harvard Business School case study in management. He spent hours talking with the writers about his career and methods. So yeah, he does do this kind of stuff. And it was well publicized at the time.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Hey Wenger, how about actually building a competitive team and winning things? Would make a change from all the gaff you’ve been spouting.

Or are you simply not up to it anymore? Sorry, forgot 4th place was a ‘trophy’.

hunter13
hunter13

when was the last time your team got into top4 mate? u sure you not one of them mugs who have been trying for a decade to overtake wenger and the kids and still failing?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Unrelenting hate spouted at every opportunity? Sounds like the average Spud-troll.

hunter13
hunter13

my oh my they must really hate wenger and arsenal…cant really blame them..imagine having the neighboors raping your sorry arse the last 20 years or so…..now imagine how it feels for them when they come so close to finishing above us for once and still ef it up…hahaaa them poor little cockerels..

Pedro
Pedro

The only word that come to my mind after reading/ hearing his interviews is ‘Respect’!

2013-2014 = 2003-2004
2013-2014 = 2003-2004

This picture of Arsene with headphones on listening intently is actually him spying on conversations between Loserpool owner John Henry even more Loserpool coach Brendan Rogers.

Arsene, I hope you are spying on Everton’s conversations as well, because I think the signing of Fellaini would excite the fan base just as much as signing a top striker.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Football is about results, not philosophy.

Arty's Art
Arty's Art

Arseblog is about intelligent analysis and also having a laugh, not depressing idiotic soundbites.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

“depressing idiotic soundbites” – tell that to Wenger.

David
David

Nice 1 there from the Manager, an intelligent man no doubt but if preventing the opponent from scoring is one of the game’s principle, why do we have just 2 fit center backs and no recognised DM at this time?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Because it is only the middle of the transfer window and some of our defenders are injured.

We have two or three weeks to do something about it yet.

gooner odst
gooner odst

I also believe a lot of hard work can compensate for a lacking of innate talent in the realms of professional football. Professionals already have a level of natural talent above average anyways some more than others but its the application of that talent that determines desirability when it comes to transfers.

I watched the Copa Liberta-South American Champions league-dores and although Bear-Nard/ Burn-hard/ Burn-id did’nt have a sparkling game he came out with an assist and hobbled the last few minutes of extra time carrying an injury and sometimes running through that pain barrier. Whether it was for show or not I don’t know, but I do know he was willing to do everything for the team to win. Which they did.

Contrast Ox and Arshavin Jan 2012 where Arshavin has more talent on paper than Ox, but Ox was willing to do more than relying on innate ability. Perhaps Ox would have run through ‘a pain barrier’ and still outperform the Russian. Its the manager’s job to use each player accordingly and at the same time not getting your players injured or sent off.

Burger
Burger

“they are ready to hurt themselves to be successful”

That explains the packed medical centre. It’s not injury proneness, it’s the will to succeed

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Diaby’s will to win must be pretty fucking fierce, then!

Double Canister
Double Canister

Yes, it is.

Maddolove
Maddolove

Blimey some of you love to moan
If one said the sky was blue…you would say it’s silver with a hint of pastel

You all don’t know what you got…….

Das
Das

Wenger is no longer a top manager. Out of his depth.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yeah, the expertise an armchair gives to your average man in the street is infinitely more useful for a Premier League manager than anything that Wenger can summon up from a life of involvement with football.

fofo
fofo

Arsenal fans are hypocrites. A lot of them scared to critize wenger. Espercially on this blog. All they want is max tumbs up. Everyone applauding him to be a genius. Yet deep down, they all individually curse him out for not making signings. He has it too easy at Arsenal. Dribbling us fans like messi. Promising to buy players and then last minute change of mind. He says its difficult. Yet teams ahead and below us have made numerous signings. He defines success but forgets to apply his logic to himself. This is sad.

Anon
Anon

Muh assumptions.

Anon
Anon

Haha, because there is nothing to criticize about Wenger’s views and thoughts on the game and management, some people decide to have a go at his record in his latter half and mention specific flops. People love to single out, but then they forget every other name that are not flops when they’re playing this game. Confirmation bias is strong in a lot of people, but this is pathetic.

Remember Fran Merida and co. who a lot of people thought would succeed? And then that African bloke named Stephan that everyone thought would fit Arsenal perfectly? Let’s not forget M’Vila and Felipe Melo as well. Just as your expectations can be betrayed despite prior evidence, so can Wenger’s. Sometimes he might take gambles in players (mentality, whatever) and hope it pays off, sometimes he sticks to his principles, isn’t this what everyone does? I don’t have a shadow of a doubt every single one out here does this, and yet we’re going to put Wenger on a pedestal and expect him to produce everything that aligns itself with, firstly, success, and second, his principles.

But whatever I say isn’t going to matter, I don’t even think anyone whining and moaning so much will take the time to read anything with reasoning opposing their hypocritical point of view.

Arsene's stylist
Arsene's stylist

Classy? Yes.
A winner? Not anymore.
“As long as you are second in the league, I am ready to sign for the next 20 years and stand up for that. ”
Mourinho and Fergie are classless people, yet they would never “stand up for that”.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Yeah, they would.

None of them would be happy about it but expecting to win everything, every year, is simply stupid; something to be aimed for but in reality, you have to accept failure and work towards eliminating it.

Arsene's stylist
Arsene's stylist

“expecting to win everything, every year, is simply stupid”
Yes it is. That’s why nobody said they expected Arsenal to win everything, every year. But not winning ANYTHING for so many years is very different.

That’s a typical straw man argument.

hunter13
hunter13

Puhahaha…. id love to see mourinho restricted to a 15m budget for player-purchases for a decade and see how he does….

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

I’d just like to see Mourinho restricted. Permanently restricted.

GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking
GiveMeWhatWengersSmoking

Didn’t do too bad at Porto did he? They weren’t exactly swimming in cash were they?

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Well, no, but they do have an affinity with Brazilian/South American players in the same way that English teams (and Croatian teams) do with Australian players, for instance. This has given them the first bite at a lot of good prospects who have then gone on to top Spanish teams.

Beyond Porto and their pipeline to South America Mourinho has only really succeeded with billionaire-funded teams. He is good, but he isn’t necessarily better than Wenger.

Jagger
Jagger

They had the basis of a successful portugal national team with players like Carvalho, Jorge Costa, Deco etc. It was Portugal’s golden generation that helped Porto that year.

Double Canister
Double Canister

Hunter,
…..and have to play wonderful football.

bb6
bb6

I love me some Wenger but he’s quite clearly doing a press conference linked with his people management book that he released this year in Japanese.

This ain’t got nothin to do with Arsenal. Its just Arsene promoting a small intellectual venture of his.

Like I said I love me some Wenger but it would be a lot more reassuring if he was working frantically in an office somewhere trying to sign players. You know like we pay him to do…

The recruitment chapter of that book must be a compelling read.

hunter13
hunter13

transfers are handled by the clubs negotiators…just saying. its good to know the positions and roles within a football club before confusing things…thanks.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yep, I imagine Wenger is only brought in when the deal would be helped/sealed by the player meeting the manager to get a feel for his plans for the club, his philosophy on team- and man-management, etc etc.

Other than that he would rely on his own knowledge of football and his scouts to determine prospective signings, and his reputation, which is immense despite what naysayers might think, that helps draw players in the first place.

But the actual deals are done behind the scenes by lawyers and by expert negotiators trained to do such deals (I sincerely hope!!!!)

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

The Bernard thing never materialised did it…. Thought that one sounded quite likely.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yep. Johnny Press can be quite convincing when they give specific details as part of their lies.

“Arsenal might like the look of Bernard” just doesn’t stir us like “Bernard to have medical on Friday.”

RomfordPele
RomfordPele

Porto have apparently got a deal with Bernard, it has to be said we are abysmal in the transfer market. Theres still time of course, so come Ivan get yer fucking fînger out!!

iwearnosocks
iwearnosocks

well, his dad and entourage all wanted to go to Porto – Hulk apparently convinced him of that. Move along.

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Had anyone even heard of Bernardo (if that’s his name?) 10 days ago?

I want signings, but not just anyone. And if we sign Suarez, great, but his picture won’t be going on my son’s bedroom wall.

This is not a good transfer window so far. Surprise us Arsene. Robert Lewandowski is still angling for a move…he’d fit the bill.

Bernard
Bernard

Didn’t I just win the champions league in south America ? I’m known, son.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Porto, in Portugal, popular destination for young Portuguese-speaking players. No big surprise there.

nyeko ben ivan
nyeko ben ivan

wenger please bring for us cesc back to EM even god will bless you for that instate of talking rubbish

Arsene's stylist
Arsene's stylist

Imagine being an Arsenal fan, and not even having the assurance of believing in a god that knows how you’re feeling and will make things OK at the end 🙁

Tah
Tah

We should be celebrating trophies not quotes.I admire the man though!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

He hasn’t exactly strayed into making soft porn films or something. It’s a little sideline related to his job, and it brings Arsenal some nice free advertising in Japan amongst exactly the sort of people who decide where their company’s sponsorship money should be spent. Don’t you want us to earn more money?

Peter Lavelle
Peter Lavelle

Fourth place is a trophy, blah blah blah….

Dial square
Dial square

He is classy, he is very intelligent, surely the most intelligent manager in the premier league ever, and when all is said and done we won’t really appreciate him ’till he’s gone, but even bearing all that in mind, spend some money ffs

hunter13
hunter13

nice words there mate. just to calm you down..expenditures on players is kroenkes field……the owner decides unfortunately..

Double Canister
Double Canister

Hunter,
i doubt that, silent stan seems very hands off.
Ivan & Arsene decide who is bought or sold, as long as it’s within the given budget – which was non-existent for the last 10 years.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

…and Ivan has a team of people to actually do the deals, I should think. Hopefully they were all hard at work while Ivan and Arsene were promoting the club in Asia.

Zelalem
Zelalem

I love you Wenger!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

He loves you too, Gedion.

Cheroo
Cheroo

Wenger deserves credit for winning the few titles he did, and being responsible during the stadium move and also for being loyal to AFC, but the way some fans worship the man is baffling. Overall Wenger teams perform poorly in cup finals and fall apart in title run ins. Much more often than not.

hunter13
hunter13

well finals and titles are won by the players…….once they step past that line…its up to them.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

What makes a successful manager is the trophies that he has won at the end of the season.

hunter13
hunter13

I take it you don’t consider Roberto Baggio a successful footballer then.

P38W26D12L0
P38W26D12L0

Fair shout…

*Points at the only gold Premier League trophy in existence*

Oh wait, you’re just an attention whore.

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

Fat Gooner are you one of those who does the diet till January only? 🙂 For the first time in all these years Wenger has mentioned that he operated under financial restrictions.

“We had that problem when we were under financially-restricted conditions. For some players, we didn’t have enough stars to be successful as quickly as they wanted to be. Of course, that’s one of the problems we face in our job.”

I think this is pretty self explanatory. We now know that Wenger didn’t really have wads of cash under his mattress while keeping the team afloat in the CL despite us thinking that he doesn’t buy star players due to some old fashioned principles. Now we are finally starting to have cash come in. But I doubt we will see many signings because Wenger will still work on the club’s schedule and not as per us fans’ whims and fancies. We may not like it but we either support the players we have or we can say bye to the club and not patronise the organisation. Choice is ours. i know I will be fully behind the team when Aston villa turn up.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

SG, you’re the perfect example of the Cult of Wenger. People like you are so convinced that Arsene is some kind of a god that you simply refuse to dispassionately look at the facts.

We’ve just spent the summer disposing of much of the dross which Wenger brought to the club. While being ridiculously overpaid they contributed little or nothing to the cause. We still have shit like Park, Chamakh and Bendtner who are all still being paid huge amounts by the club for doing precisely nothing. Oh, and we’ve won nothing for eight years.

And yet Wenger is a great boss? Wake the fuck up.

I could write another 1000 words about how useless Wenger has been over the last five years, but I know that would be a waste of time: like any religious fanatic I’m sure that you would rather die than face the simple truth that is staring you in the face.

I can’t wait until Wenger’s gone. If we get even a half-decent replacement then all the Wenger-worshippers are going to look pretty fucking stupid.

In the meantime I find myself in the horrible position of being envious of Spurs: with a bright young manager and a no-nonsense cunt like Daniel Levy – who will spend serious money on players and then get the maximum for the players he sells – they are full of ambition and can only get better.

We are going no where.

Parson's nose
Parson's nose

I’m with you Fats

Wenger should have been shown the door three years ago, with a wonderful send off, thanks for the memories, your legacy will live on, etc.

Instead, my memories now will be of these last few years of frustration at his sheer bloody mindedness and refusal to change. Bottom line, he thinks he knows best. The results shout loudly that he doesn’t.
He talks of motivation and consistency in motivation, but that’s one thing that has been missing from Arsenal, tail end of last season not withstanding. The most motivated players left, for god’s sake.

Now, at last, sitting on pile of cash, will he spend it? The fuck he will…

superanderslimpar
superanderslimpar

Get yourself down the Lane then FatGooner, since you’re so inspired by them.

Blogs, is there really no quality control on here?

Dave Gooner
Dave Gooner

Spurs had their best season ever in the Prem, with the most brilliant footballer that ever lived playing for them.

We had a meh season, having lost our brilliant but duplicitous goal getter this time last year.

Tell me FG, who came out on top? I suggest you watch Channel 5 on Thursdays next season to cure you of your jealousy

Josh
Josh

We must buy not only top quality players, but ones who are consistently consistent. Inconsistent consistency is not what we need, while consistent inconsistency must be avoided. As for inconsistent inconsistency, I do not know…

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

That’s exactly the point, and exactly why Walcott had to either shape up or ship out.

DangerMouse
DangerMouse

Josh, you have melted my head. Inconsistant inconsistancy is a concept I just cant understand. I need to go and think about it now in a darkened room.

P38W26D12L0
P38W26D12L0

Isn’t that what Theo’s really good at?

Or bad at??