Arsene Wenger: He's Full of Wisdom You Know

Mary O'SheaSenior Writer ISeptember 25, 2008

I'm going to let all you good people on Bleacher Report into a little secret.

It is a secret about me.

I Love Arsene Wenger!!

Ok, so you all know that already but it is true, it is fact. To me, Arsene Wenger and Paolo Maldini epitomize all that is great about the beautiful game. They are loyal, manage/play for the love of the game and are loved by their respective fans.

Wenger changed Arsenal. He introduced a philosophy of football that has now become embedded in the club. I love the way his teams play football, the way he encourages youth development but mainly I love his stance on these subjects.

We all have heard zillions of quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafa, Roy Keane, Big Phil Scolari, Kevin Keegan and my word have we heard quotes from Jose "I am the special one bow before me" Mourinho.

So now it is time to hear words of wisdom (and not so much wisdom) from the man they call The Professor.

On food diet

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

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

"I remember I took away the chocolate bars [on the way home] and the players were singing ‘we want our chocolate back’."

—Arsene Wenger thinks back to his first game in charge.

On his philosophy of football

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

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

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

"I am passionate; I'm not in football to sit behind my desk."

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

"We do not buy superstars, we make them."

Some of Arsene's funnier quotes

"We didn't think he would play on Sunday because he was suspended—that makes me think he has all the qualities to join Arsenal!" (On signing Reyes)

"If he goes now it will change my plans."

"We have a problem with Sol Campbell."

"I tried to watch the Spurs match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep."

(On Owusu-Abeyie): "I wish we could use 'Quincy' on his shirt, but they won't let us. I don't know how to pronounce his name—I've tried, but I can't."

"I don't kick dressing room doors, or the cat, or even journalists."

"Maybe it's my birthday, I honestly don't know. I'm 58? There's not much I need—I have plenty of socks."

"As long as no one scored, it was always going to be close."

"Davor has a left leg and a nose in the box." (On Davor Suker)

Perhaps his most famous

"I didn't see that particular incident."

"Do you really believe he didn't see anything that was right in front of him? He says he didn't see it but frankly, I don't believe him, he is lying."—Accusing Martin Jol of lying

Ian Wright on Arsene Wenger

"When Arsene came to Arsenal he took complete control of our diets. We were allowed no salt, no fat, and no sugar, in the end you wanted to play a team like Milwall so that someone would throw a banana at you just so you could have something to eat."—Ian Wright.


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