Video: Arsene Wenger interview at Laureus Sports Awards

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Here’s Arsene Wenger touching on a range of subjects following his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus Sports Awards last night.

He’s as interesting as ever.

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Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

Can never get tired of watching/reading interviews with Wenger.

One of my more enjoyable parts of the week used to be reading the transcripts of his pre-match press conferences – mostly when he would discuss non Arsenal topics.

An amazing man that we were so lucky to have

Maxin In The Shade
Maxin In The Shade

I’ve mentioned before how much I’d love if someone would go over all his interviews/press conferences over the years and pull out the gems of wisdom and just great quotes he’d say and get them down on paper.

Someone: then why don’t you do it?

Me: are you kidding? Do you know how much time and effort that would take?!?!

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

I loved the one with self-esteem and confidence. So much wisdom from this man.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Like this one:

“I must say, the message he gave to my generation was very important because it was after the Second World War and it was basically – be strong enough to be yourself. That is a very strong message and very important for my generation.”

Arsene Wenger on David Bowie, January 11, 2016

David the Gooner
David the Gooner

I love this man. I know it is a controversial thing to say and I understand the reasons behind him leaving, but I miss him. There is something missing from our club these days. In a couple of years it will be different, but at this stage, for me, it just isn’t the same.

Merci Arsène, toujours.

midgunner
midgunner

Sheer class as always.

Interesting comments on Ramsey.

BigToks
BigToks

Genius. Periodt.

shokim
shokim

Miss this intelligent, sweet man. When’s his autobiography getting released??

A Different George
A Different George

Obviously, he was trying to avoid any statement that could be read as critical of anything now happening at Arsenal. BUT–he pointed out how when the Emirates was built, the club had to rely purely on transfer policy, on selling our best players. But, he said, everything is different now because of the vast increase in television money. Hmmm.

Paraic
Paraic

I love this man why did we let him go it could be that he was the only thing holding arsenal together

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

I miss him.

I’m not unhappy with Emery or anything like that, I just miss Arsène Wenger.

Goner

I am waiting the day I will see Arsene Wenger watching an Arsenal game in the stand naming after him “The Arsene Wenger stand”

arsepedant
arsepedant

How I wish that would happen.

Santori
Santori

Wenger’s minimum standard of finishing 4th or better for 17 seasons straight was derided by many.

Ironic now that our aspirations have been recalibrate to what he was criticised for.

Wenger enjoyed market knowledge and a golden generation from France in early reign coupled with the general xenophobia of the league.

But that changed when Chelsea and later City started entering the fray along with the austerity imposed upon by the stadium move.

When we came out of it, things seemed promising with 3 FA cup trophies suggesting we could again punch higher (not to mention spend on Ozil and Alexis)

But then the redistribution of TV monet created a bottom squeeze to the top fueled oil money tightening what once we’re Wenger’s traditional hunting grounds in market.

If anything, he flattered to deceive not bc he was poor but bc he was generally VERY good in market.

It covered his flaws tactically and imposed in many ways by his own non interventionist philosophy.

And in many ways he was his own worse enemy at times buying well but not buying quite enough and more often than not neglecting the spending required on the defense.

He should have won at least two more titles, one around 2006 to 2009 and in that Leicester year.

But as can be discern by the issues bow surrounding the current transfer team and the heavily loaded wage bill creating panic loans, Wenger was in many ways correct to be a little more prudent considering we do not have the owners who will put up the money.

Always had Arsenal in his heart and the man who took a financially small club to where we are now.

Whether we push on remains to be seen.

Julio Baptista's humble alter ego
Julio Baptista's humble alter ego

I shed a tear watching that. Such love, such intelligence and so much class.

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

I truly admire this man. I want him to publish his autobiography and memoirs in audiobook form just so I can listen to so eloquent a man relay his life story. And tell us about that Park Chu Young deal!