French coach Wenger joined Arsenal in October 1996 and coached the team for 22 years, winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, when the Gunners won the championship with an unbeaten record in the 2003/04 season , He also made history. Since leaving the Emirates Stadium, the French has held positions in FIFA, overseeing the development of the sport around the world.
In an interview with BBC Sports, the 70-year-old also talked about his past, present and future.
BBC: What does Arsenal mean to you?
I am a bit like a divorced person. Although this person will never contact the children again, he still loves them.
BBC: In hindsight, was it wrong to sign a loan agreement for the construction of the Emirates Stadium?
I may be more proud of the second part of my career than the first part, because the first part is easy, the second part is more difficult, and my adaptability is indeed tested. I am very proud of playing for the club at such a delicate stage.
BBC: Since leaving the Gunners in May 2018, you have never returned to the position of head coach...
Wenger: I choose to keep a complete distance. This does not mean emotionally, but only physically. The important thing is that people no longer see you as a shadow. It seems that you may still be trying to influence certain things and behave in your own way. I think the best way is to cut it off completely.
BBC: At the end of coaching Arsenal, there were some protests and demonstrations against you. Did those actions hurt you?
Wenger: I don’t think we should put too much emphasis on what the fans said at the time
However, this does not mean that everyone has to do what they are talking about. If you look at my last three seasons at Arsenal, you will find
So yes, I hope we can keep this record, but
BBC: You had a fierce confrontation with Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Mourinho who coached Chelsea at the time-is this still the case? Are you still in touch?
BBC：立博真正的网站您当时与曼彻斯特联队的曼联和穆里尼奥（Mourinho）的切尔西（Sersea）教练弗雷森（Sir Alex Ferguson）进行了激烈的对抗-情况仍然如此吗？您还在联系吗？
You will encounter difficulties, the team you coach will encounter all kinds of difficulties, but when you are in position, you must defend your team at any cost, which is why it sometimes loses control. Generally speaking, there is always a hint of respect when discussing each other.
BBC: During your time at Arsenal, you have rejected offers from Real Madrid (twice), Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, the French national team, England and Manchester United-which of these is the closest you are?
There are different types of coaches in the world. I am the coach who has coached Monaco for the longest time and also the coach who has coached Arsenal for the longest time, so this is part of my personality.
BBC: Who is the most difficult team or player you have encountered?
BBC: With such a brilliant career, you certainly have no regrets. But Arsenal has also been associated with many big-name celebrities. Have you ever thought about: "If..."
Sometimes you regret it, you think you didn't make a decision quickly enough, or sometimes you failed to reach a financial consensus. But overall I want to say, you go to Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, every club is full of such stories.
BBC: Do you want to sign Ibrahimovic instead of inviting him to try out?
BBC: What do you hope to leave the team?
BBC: You still follow the same routine as your coach when you wake up every day. Is this true? Including two hours of exercise in the gym every day?
BBC: How much time do you have to watch football now?
BBC: Let the current coach Arteta be the coach. Did Arsenal find the right person?
He is very smart, has strong emotions and strong character, and I believe that he is surrounded by suitable people.
BBC: You signed the No. 10 player at Arsenal for a club record of 42.4 million pounds. What is your current opinion on his career?
The current development trend of football is fast counterattacks and fast transfers. Everyone plays the same way, which leads to the exclusion of people like the No. 10 player. However, we must not forget this man, he is the world champion who once played in Real Madrid. He has always been an assist recorder, so you must find a way to integrate him into the team again.
BBC: You are a big fan of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), but can you understand the frustration of other people?
Last year, people did not accept the new offside rule, but this year no one said it. This has nothing to do with money, people just want the right punishment.
BBC: Is the punishment for racist incidents sufficient?
I don’t think we can tolerate racism in the stands. We must punish it, how to punish it? We have not found a suitable answer. I believe that the camera can identify those who are racist and prevent them from entering the stadium for the rest of their lives.
BBC: Your job now is to develop this sport. Do you want to cancel a throw-in?
Wenger: When you get an out-of-bounds chance, it should be an advantage for the throwing side, but in fact, this team is (not counting the goalkeeper) a 9-to-10 disadvantage on the court.
This is why, I believe we must always think about how to make the game faster and better, so why can't you kick the ball in your half? We must always try to think about how to make the game faster and more interesting, and most of the rules that have been created make the sport better. I also believe that when you are kicked, you should be able to kick a free kick for yourself.
BBC: For children around the world and the development of women's football, do you want to really focus on providing them with equal access to facilities?
As for women's football, the number of spectators in the World Cup is large, but there are very few people to watch outside the World Cup. It is not enough to invest huge sums of money to raise the wages of girls who are committed to football. That is why you need to improve the quality of the game.
We also need to develop the infrastructure, because at this stage, men’s football is fully booked every weekend. Therefore, if women’s football wants to develop and grow as we want, we need to build new stadiums.
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