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Priceless Quotes By Lord Wenger
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Arsene Wenger is a genius. He joined a club that had a decent but aging team. A good history, but was never dazzling. Good support and a nice stadium but never among the biggest and the best.

He is going to leave us, whenever he does, a big club with exiting young players, a youth development system and reputation envied my many, a philosophy of its own whether it is the first, youth or reserve team to play a certain kind of football and go for win in every match they play, a style only followed by the likes of Barca, Ajax, and Madrid, i.e. clubs with much richer history than ours, a 65,000 seater World Class stadium in London that along with the world-wide support ensures huge cash inflow and almost 100 percent debt free by the time he leaves the club.

Trophies, victories, championships are an important thing in a manager's career. Wenger has won many and will win more by the end of his career. But, what his career's real greatness is can not be counted in trophies.

He came to a decent club and will leave the place having converted it into a big club which can generate about $30 million a year for transfer fee (once debt-free) on its own which ensures that it always stays among the best clubs in the world despite the ups and downs.

Arsenal fans are incredibly lucky to have had Wenger for all these years.  His ability to bring in talent, manage his team to perfection, and handle the media with such grace define the legacy of Arsenal's greatest manager.

In this article we'll look at some of Lord Wenger's most memorable quotes. 

"Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home"—May 2002, in response to Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Manchester United had been the best side in the Premier League since Christmas that season.

"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"—Nov. 2005, in response to former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's claim that Wenger was a football "voyeur."

"He [Sir Alex Ferguson] doesn't interest me and doesn't matter to me at all. I will never answer to any provocation from him any more"—Jan. 2005

"[Sir Alex] Ferguson's out of order. He has lost all sense of reality. He is going out looking for a confrontation, then asking the person he is confronting to apologize. He's pushed the cork in a bit far this time"—Jan. 2005, in reaction to Ferguson's assertion that Wenger knew the identity of the players who allegedly threw pizza and soup at him after the final whistle of their match at Old Trafford in Oct. 2004.

"If you have a child who is a good musician, what is your first reaction? It is to put [them] into a good music school, not in an average one. So why should that not happen in   football?" - Sept. 2009, in response to Uefa president Michel Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter's respective claims that the top clubs' pursuit of young players was akin to "child slavery" and "child trafficking."

"Sometimes I see it [a foul by an Arsenal player], but I say that I didn’t see it to protect the players and because I could not find any rational explanation for that they did."

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

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

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

"I think in England you eat too much sugar and meat and not enough vegetables."

In England you have a good phrase. It is 'to bring the game into disrepute' [on Sir Alex Ferguson]

“We didn’t think he (Reyes) would play on Sunday because he was suspended—that makes me think he has all the qualities to join Arsenal!”

"A football team is like a beautiful woman. When you do not tell her, she forgets she is beautiful."

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

These are only a few of the great quotes that have reflected the mentality of world class manager, Lord Arsene Wenger.

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