Arsene Knows

August 23, 2008 at 11:24 am 16 comments

A fantastic article about one of the men I admire the most.

Right here.

Some excerpts:

“If you do not balance the books you go bankrupt and die. I could push the club into big debt. I go away with success and the guy who comes after me suffers for five years because he cannot buy a player any more and the club goes down. The guy who comes after me has good players he can work with, he has a healthy financial situation, and he has a club in good shape. That is part of management as well.”

“I feel if you come into a club as manager you have first to work out its specific qualities,” Wenger says. “For me Arsenal is a club which tries to respect tradition, style, honesty, fair play. If you come in and behave like a gangster you will not last long. The supporters will be the first ones not happy with that. A club needs values. If a club has no values you go nowhere.”

But I ask, speaking as a father of a five-year-old, what can I teach him at that age? “To kick correctly the ball. To put him in situations where he develops his skill. The talent of a coach is to put an exercise to a player that he has to find the solution to. If he does not, you teach him to do it better. If the exercise is too easy, or too difficult, he will not learn. And he has to find it out for himself. What makes football special is you have a billion techniques. It is not like in tennis where you hit the ball.” Wenger demonstrates a low forehand. Then, with more demonstration, he adds, “In football when you come to hit the ball you have someone pushing you on the top of your left shoulder, and you still have to keep your balance and hit the ball right. At the start your basic movements have to be right, then you adapt.”


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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shrik  |  August 24, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    What makes football special is you have a billion techniques. It is not like in tennis where you hit the ball.[..] At the start your basic movements have to be right, then you adapt.

    That’s not that smartest thing to say..

  • 2. Vikram Vasu  |  August 25, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Arsenal’s view on spending is never consistent. The board is saying there is GBP 70m to spend. Wenger has the money (may not be as much as Chelsea) but definitely has enough to spend more than 10m on a player. Wenger constantly switches between saying that he does not HAVE the money to does not WANT to spend. He is certianly one of the shrewdest bargain-hunters, but if I was a fan I would expect trophies.

  • 3. Shrik  |  August 25, 2008 at 11:11 am

    What makes football special is you have a billion techniques. It is not like in tennis where you hit the ball. [..] At the start your basic movements have to be right, then you adapt.

    Uh, that’s kinda a stoopid thing to say..

  • 4. Ashok  |  August 25, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Hi there !!

    An a gunner fan too..been so for long and know their tradition atleast a bit…Firstly do we need silverware this yr more than ever ? Do we have a weaker team than last yr ? Will Alex sell a good player to his arch rival ? Is arsenal a football creche ?? What is Arsene trying to prove without any signing ? Was Flamini so bad that you would do better wo signing a replacement for him ???

    Six days left for the transfer window to close…lets see how things play out..I guess the Fulham game gives a taste of relaity…

  • 5. Shrik  |  August 26, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Ey my comments aren’t getting posted for whatever reason 😐

  • 6. Thomas Masun  |  August 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Dear Uncle,

    Chelsea rocks!

    Kind regards,
    Thomas Masun

  • 7. Vinod  |  August 30, 2008 at 8:06 am


    Even his worst critics will admit the man knows a thing or two about football coaching. I think he’s trying to imply that your actions are not solely your movement, like in tennis, which is true. You will not be able to have the same balance or play the same pass if you have a Michael Essien pushing you off the ball.

  • 8. Vinod  |  August 30, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Vikram Vasu,

    That’s you. I’m delighted we’re able to compete with Chelsea and Man Utd in spite of spending so little.

    And anyway, big money signing DOES NOT equal success. Eg. Spurs over the years. You would know right, the summer Man Utd sold Van Nistelrooy and hardly brought any big name signing in, Man Utd won the title, after three trophyless years.

    The Board says funds can be made available if Arsene wants it, mostly to reassure fans that a take-over is not necessary. And maybe they can, we’ll never know for sure. But the fact is, Arsene prefers it this way and I don’t have any issues with it. If I had, I’d have started supporting Chelsea! If he can bring in players like Sagna and Eduardo, like he’s done in the past, who have the quality but not the name, I’m happy.

    Frankly, except for Rosicky, Gallas, Silvestre (!), Diarra, and to a lesser extent, Samir Nasri, I don’t think I’d heard of most of Arsenal’s signings before they were linked. And we haven’t done a shoddy job over the years.

  • 9. Vinod  |  August 30, 2008 at 8:17 am


    Have faith. Alex Song was voted player of the African Nations Cup, playing in the DM position, ahead of Michael Essien etc. So he must have something. He could be one of the options. If a big name comes in now, Diaby, Denilson and Song will continue to be down as reserves. I feel they deserve a chance too. I was very impressed with Song last season. Let’s see.

  • 10. Vinod  |  August 30, 2008 at 8:18 am


    Chelsea sucks!

  • 11. realmerengues  |  August 31, 2008 at 9:23 am

    You would know right, the summer Man Utd sold Van Nistelrooy and hardly brought any big name signing in, Man Utd won the title, after three trophyless years.

    Carrick was bought for 18.6 milion pounds that season. That was the final piece that they needed. thats what Arsenal needs now.

  • 12. Vinod  |  August 31, 2008 at 11:09 am

    That’s why I said hardly. Carrick was not a big name signing back then. In fact, the public opinion was that Man Utd had overpaid grossly for him.

    Arsenal need a good defensive midfielder. I have said that myself in my previous blog post. The point I was trying to make is that it does not have to be an 18 million guy – a big name so to speak. Just someone who can do the job. And I think Wenger is smart enough to bring that guy, or if he feels someone in the team is ready, promote him. There was so much talk about Flamini being a star. He was signed for nothing in 2004. And no one rated him before last season. Why can’t that happen for Denilson, Song, or Diaby. Wenger knows them best, and I’m confident he’ll make the right decision for the club.

    The point I was making there was big money signings do not equal success. Quality signings do.

  • 13. Vijay  |  September 5, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I have great respect for what Arsene has done at Arsenal. But isn’t it the right time to buy big now for Arsenal? Can the club afford another trophy less year?

    Big money signings do not equal success and quality signings do, but considering the situation at Emirates where Arsenal players themselves have questioned the clubs title ambitions i tend to feel that something is wrong. Make a couple of big signings, get the team to win the league and this will give the kids the sense of achievement. Otherwise you may see the Ramseys and Walcotts developing into great players and move out in a few years.

    PS: We met at the Boat club bloggers meet in Chennai in 2005.

  • 14. aranyi  |  September 9, 2008 at 2:31 am

    hey, finally got around to reading you on wordpress. welcome back!!!1 thanks for plugging my comment in the first post heheh. btw, you still owe us part 2 of “two guys, a girl and paradise”. please!

  • 15. Stupidosaur  |  September 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    What happened to you man?
    Your previous blog has such super posts, I read all from beginning to end.

    But your new blog just has some football posts.
    At least till the previous one, they were at least your views on some football stuff.

    This time you are simply quoting?
    Increasing redundancy on the net?

    Life got to you or what?
    Would love to have the old Vinod back!

    But then its your blog, and my browser.
    We can both be masters of our wil eh?

  • 16. Hari  |  March 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Why did you shift from blogspot to wordpress


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