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Greatest Arsene Wenger Quotes, a complete collection

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A look back at the Greatest Arsene Wenger Quotes including his views on life and death as well as his most inspirational quotes.

Arsene Wenger is a retired football manager who is considered as one of the best managers of all time. The legendary French coach spent almost all of his career in one club, Arsenal. Nicknamed the Professor for his modern tactics and philosophical approach toward football, Wenger was the first non-English coach to reach star-status in the Premier League.

Wenger's most memorable achievement was guiding Arsenal to the only Premier League title without defeat. His ideas about football and success are surely among the best quotes in the history of the game.

Wenger retired from managing in 2018 after 22 years with Arsenal. His contribution to English football through changes to scouting, players' training, and diet regimens revitalized Arsenal and aided the globalization of the sport in the 21st century. He is currently FIFA's Chief of Global Football Development.

 In the following article we will present you with a complete collection of

Arsene Wenger quotes

including his comments on Messi and Ronaldo as well as his famous quotes on Life and success.

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A collection of Greatest Arsene Wenger Quotes

A complete collection of Arsene Wenger Quotes including his most Inspirational quotes, his most memorable quotes and his ideas about football and life.

Arsene Wenger's most memorable quotes

From his famous comment on English life style to his rant at Jose Mourinho, here are some of

Arsene Wenger's most memorable quotes

.

On being a bad loser:

“I cannot classify the moments of happiness and of sadness, but every defeat is a scar in your heart that you never forget.”

“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

Arsene signs off his statement confirming his departure.

“I don’t need to die anymore.”

  Arsene on seeing all the praise for his achievements at Arsenal.

“I have some work to do in France on Monday and Tuesday and after I will come back and clear my office. And that will be it. After, I don’t know.”

 Arsene on his final days at Arsenal.

On rival Sir Alex Ferguson in the aftermath of Pizzagate:

“Ferguson does what he wants and you [the press] are all down at his feet. He doesn’t interest me and doesn’t matter to me at all. I will never answer to any provocation from him any more.”

On new kid on the block, Jose 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.”

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

On being coy in the transfer market:

“I am not scared to spend money. If you go out with me one night, you will understand that.”

On Tottenham closing the gap:

“Have Tottenham closed the gap on Arsenal? Last time I checked they were still 4 miles and 11 titles away.”

On leaving Arsenal:

“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”

“Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.”

Arsene responds to Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2002 claim that Manchester United had been the best side in the Premier League since Christmas that season.

On his critics:

“I am not on Twitter. I don’t invite anybody to go out to dinner and be nice with them. I work and work and work and work. If it’s not good enough someone will tell me one day. That’s all I can do. I do not worry what you say about me or what fans say about me. I try to do my job in a proper way and with full commitment. After that everybody has the right to have an opinion."

Now that you've read some of the 

best Arsene Wenger quotes

, let's check out some of his most famous ones.

Famous quotes of Arsene Wenger

The followings are some of the most

famous quotes of Arsene Wenger

which includes his comments on Arsenal's historic 2004-05 title winning season.

On the similarities between football and art:     

“Football is an art, like dancing is an art – but only when it’s well done does it become an art.”

On the importance of ambition:

“Don’t be scared to be ambitious. It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail. For me, the real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.”

On the formula of success in life:

“The biggest things in life have been achieved by people who, at the start, we would have judged crazy. And yet if they had not had these crazy ideas the world would have been more stupid.”

On his famous ability to get the best out of his players:

“We do not buy superstars. We make them.”

On his historic achievement with Arsenal:

“To remain unbeaten in a championship like the English championship now is really unbelievable. I want to win the Champions’ League but, really, this is more important. It is something amazing, something special.”

On What football has in common with beautiful women:

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

On his tendency to say he “didn’t see” an incident:

“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 what they did.”

“We live a society where everybody knows everything and it looks like it is a shame to say I don’t know.”

Arsene hits out at the constant sniping in the media.

“The life of this guy is a real film. It is unbelievable. It can make a fantastic film.”

Arsene hails former player George Weah after he becomes President of Liberia.

Arsene Wenger inspirational quotes on his life journey and success

Wenger was nicknamed 'the Professor', which proves why his ideas about football is among the most motivational Quotes by the Most Inspiring soccer coaches. He is one of the most decorated managers of all time, having won all the domestic titles in English football. So it is obvious why his quotes on success can be inspiring for all the football fans. Here are some of

Arsene Wenger inspirational quotes

including his formula for success in life and football.

“A manager is a guide. He takes a group of people and says, ‘With you I can make us a success; I can show you the way.'”

On playing an XI of non-English players:

“I don’t look at the passport of people, I look at their quality and their attitude.”

“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.”

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

“If you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages.”

 Arsene reflects on Arsenal fans booing a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in November 1998.

“No matter how much money you earn, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed.”

Arsene pleads with Nicolas Anelka to quell his financial demands.

“My job is to give people who work hard all week something to enjoy on Saturdays and Wednesdays.”

“The only way to fight time is not to look back too much. If you do, it can make you feel anxious and guilty.”

“When you are a player you think “Me! Me! Me!” When you are a manager, you think “You! You! You!” “

“Any man who concentrates his energies totally on one passion is, by definition, someone who hurts the people close to him.”

“Work on your strong points because they are what made you.”

“The real revelation of a player’s character is not in his social life but in how he plays. In my social life I can hide my real personality.”

“One of the things I discovered in Japan was from watching sumo wrestling. At the end you can never tell who has won the fight, and who has lost, because they do not show their emotion because it could embarrass the loser. It is unbelievable. That is why I try to teach my team politeness. It is only here in England that everybody pokes their tongue out when they win.”

“Don’t be scared to be ambitious. It’s not a humiliation to have a high target and to fail. For me, the real humiliation is to have a target and not to give everything to reach it.”

“[Winning] It’s like a child who is used to having ice cream whenever he wants. When it doesn’t come when he asks, he tends to get confused and nervous.”

“I don’t want the will to educate to be opposed by the will to win. That makes the educator sound like an idiot. Any manager’s approach must be to educate. One of the beauties of our job is the power to influence the course of a man’s life in a positive way. You and me have been lucky enough to meet people who believed in us and led us forward. The streets are full of talented people but who didn’t have the luck of finding someone who placed their faith in them. I can be the one that facilitates life, that give an opportunity.”

“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.”

"At some clubs success is accidental. At Arsenal, it is compulsory.”

“The second thing I believe, what is the most important thing that people never talk about, is to believe in human beings. Despite all this, when you’re such a long time in the job, you’re not naïve. You know all the strengths and weaknesses, and how sometimes people can be selfish or mean. But you still have to believe that there is a light in every human being that you can get out.”

"Work on your strong points because they are what made you."

Arsene Wenger on Messi and Ronaldo

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is mostly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Here are Wenger's quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Lionel Messi after the Barcelona striker scored four during a 2010 Champions League fixture:

“He made the impossible, possible.”

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Funniest Arsene Wenger Quotes

Arsene Wenger was famous for his sarcasm. He has always had a unique sense of humor and his press conferences were never been dull. So we thought it would be cool to include some of the funniest Arsene Wenger quotes at this part of the article.

On David Seaman:

“I’ve told him to cut off his ponytail. I think it makes him less aerodynamic.”

On Arsenal’s north London rivals:

“I tried to watch the Tottenham match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep.”

“I am in a job where you always look in front of you. Unfortunately, the older you get, the less distance there is in front of you."

It's like you wanting to marry Miss World and she doesn't want you, what can I do about it? I can try to help you, but if she does not want to marry you what can I do?

“It is well known the referees are protected very well like the lions in the zoo so we have to live with their decisions.”

On modern life:

“There is more suspicion now. You go to a doctor and he is more questioned than he was 20 years ago. 20 years ago, you go to a doctor, he says ‘you have that’, you say ‘OK, I will go home and do that.’"

“Today, when you go to see the doctor, you have read before on the internet. And he has to convince you that you have not necessarily what you think you have. So that basically means that you are questioned more. In every single job, people are questioned more.”

Arsene Wenger quotes on life, God and death

Arsene Wenger was famous for his deep and philosophical comments on life and creation. No wonder he has an asteroid named after him. So we thought it would be best if We wrap up our article on

Arsene Wenger quotes

with his best comments on life, God and death.

“It’s difficult to predict always what will happen in our game…it’s very difficult for me to predict where football will go and what will happen in the next 20 years. Maybe we’ll have a robot on the bench who will make the decisions and a computer will analyse exactly what kind of decision he makes during the game. You might not even have human beings anymore on the bench.”

Arsene goes full Futurama when asked about the potential evolution of the beautiful game.

“The only moment of possible happiness is the present. The past gives regrets. And future uncertainties. Man quickly realised this and created religion. It forgives him what he has done in the past and tells him not to worry about the future, as you will go to paradise.”

“I believe [team spirit] is a little bit like a flower. You have to take care of it and look after it every day, or else it will slowly die. But as well, you can make the flower bigger, better and prettier if you care for it.”

“I believe the target of anything in life should be to do it so well that it becomes an art. When you read some books they are fantastic, the writer touches something in you that you know you would not have brought out of yourself. He makes you discover something interesting in your life. If you are living like an animal, what is the point of living? What makes daily life interesting is that we try to transform it into something that is close to art. And football is like that. When I watch Barcelona, it is art.”

“Religiously, it is said that God created man. I am only a guide. I allow others to express what they have in them. I have not created anything. I am a facilitator of what is beautiful in man.”

"When I arrive at the gates of Heaven the Good Lord will ask ‘what did you do in your life?’ I will respond ‘I tried to win football matches.’ He will say: ‘Are you certain that’s all?’ But, well, that’s the story of my life."

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