What do you do when you play for one of the best football clubs in the world, and your coach’s birthday rolls around? Why, you win matches in honor of him. And that’s exactly what Arsenal has been doing. Knock on wood, but I think we are approaching something akin to form.
What do you do when you are a supporter of one of the best football clubs in the world, and the coach’s birthday rolls around? You compile a list of your favorite Arsène Wenger quotes! If you’re an Gunner, we know you enjoy the post-match interviews with the coach almost as much as the match themselves. Especially when there is controversy afoot. Wit, sarcasm and nuggets of truth, all with a French accent.
il est 60 ans
Undoubtedly one of the wisest men in the game, here’s to Monsieur Wenger…
About Sir Alex Ferguson
“Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.” — In response to SAF’s jibe that his team weren’t deserving league and cup champions — “They are scrappers who rely on belligerence – we are the better team”, (May 2002)
“I’m ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants.” — Interview in reaction to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson who highlighted the lack of homegrown players at Arsenal, (November 2007)
“Any man who concentrates his energies totally on one passion is, by definition, someone who hurts the people close to him.” (February 2007)
About José Mourinho
“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.” — in the Ashley Cole transfer fiasco (November 2005)
Coining the term Financial Doping
“They [Chelsea] are a financially doped club. They have enhancement of performances through financial resources which are unlimited. It puts pressure on the market that is not very healthy. They can go to Steven Gerrard or Rio Ferdinand and say ‘how much do you earn? We’ll give you twice as much’. I don’t know if there is anything we can do to stop it.” (May 2005)
“Everybody has a different opinion in this league and nobody is a prophet. I personally don’t know who will win the league. I managed 1,600 games so, if Nani knows, he must be 1,600 times more intelligent than I am.” — in response to Nani writing off Arsenal who were 2 pts from the top at the time (December 2010)
About everything else
“You ask 100 people, 99 will say it’s very bad and the 100th will be Mark Hughes.” — after Hughes defended Adebayor’s stamp on van Persie (September 2009)
“The penalty decision was Old Traffordish.” — I don’t know what game he was referring to, but you know exactly what he means (August 2009)
“If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages.” — Arsenal 1-1 Middlesbrough (29 November 1998)
“We do not buy superstars. We make them.” — (September 2007)
“When you’re dealing with someone who only has a pair of underpants on, if you take his underpants off, he has nothing left – he’s naked. You’re better off trying to find him a pair of trousers to complement him rather than change him.” — interesting philosophy (February 2007)
“If I give you a good wine, you will see how it tastes and after you ask where it comes from.” — his way of saying stop asking why he doesn’t buy lots of Brits (February 2007)
The way this season is shaping up, I bet there will many more Arsène-isms to come.