Arsene Wenger hints at the driven lifestyle that all winners require

James McGlade

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Arsene Wenger is one English football's most successful managers
Arsene Wenger is one English football’s most successful managers – Image Credit: Ronnie MacDonald
Arsenal have produced a really entertaining feature with manager Arsene Wenger in which the Frenchman takes viewers through a step-by-step guide to his matchday routine.

Football fans already know the basic itinerary of a club on the day of a match but there are a few details revealed here that you mightn’t have heard before.

Like that a bell goes off to tell the players when to line up. Or that Wenger watches Match of the Day to see how the media perceive that day’s result and performance.

Wenger also provided insight into the driven lifestyle that has seen him become one of the most consistent managers in English football.

After nearly two decades as Arsenal boss, Wenger still feels matchday nerves - Image Credit: Ronnie McDonald
After nearly two decades as Arsenal boss, Wenger still feels matchday nerves – Image Credit: Ronnie McDonald

Often derided for failing to win trophies despite the talent at his disposal, Wenger deserves credit for achieving Champions League qualification in the period when the club were paying for their current stadium, the Emirates, and had to sell off their best players annually.

Generally portrayed as a refined, thoughtful, and therefore quiet, manager, we see a glimpse of Wenger’s steel at the end of the interview.

He says that he gets up at 6am every morning and that some nights he’ll stay up until 2am or 3am watching matches or reading. When asked if he ever stops, Wenger replies in an uncompromising fashion: “Never”. You can listen to Wenger’s step-by-step matchday guide in the video below.

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James McGlade