Wenger: I am a facilitator of what is beautiful in man

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Usually when Arsene Wenger sits down with the media the focus is on squad fitness updates, transfer speculation, analysis of player performances and the other day-to-day stuff that involves running a football team.

Over the course of 19-years the boss has become a little suspicious of chaps on Fleet Street, rarely opening up on broader subjects in their presence. Quite often his most interesting chats tend to be with journalists on the other side of the Channel; the latest of which appears in L’Equipe’s Sport & Style magazine.

As well as being the subject of a very snazzy fashion shoot – the 66-year-old dazzles in some snappy menswear daaarling – he’s also honed his inner Proust, touching on how and why he approaches his work the way he does.

“The only time for happiness is the present. The past holds regrets. The future uncertainties.

“Man realised this quickly and created religion. It forgives him for what he has done wrong in the past and tells him not to worry about the future as he’ll go to Paradise. There’s great advantages to this. Man is very early on ‘self-pyschoanalysed’ through faith.”

On how he finds meaning in his work, he adds: “In the religious world, 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.

“I define myself as an optimist. My constant battle in this business is to draw out the beauty in man. At this level that can portray me as naive. At the same time, it allows me to believe it and it often gives me reason.”

If you’re a French speaker, you can read more about the boss’ uneasy relationship with ‘time’ here. Or you can muddle through with Google Translate like we did.

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Picture courtesy of L’Equipe Sport & Style

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SuperNova
SuperNova

How can you hate this man?

NaijaGooner
NaijaGooner

How can you not love this man?

Oisin Kerr

How could you love this man??? Well because he’s fucking great, and because he loves arsenal, and because if you weren’t reading, this man is a man trying to make art via wining football matches and having to deal with utter fucking brain dead cunts like you and all the hipercritical spineless twats like you! Deep down you probably want a manager like Jose Mourhino or some shit, just fuck off and die, you internet troll you hahahaha Did mention your a TWAT

arabmoney
arabmoney

I love the man.

arabmoney
arabmoney

I also love men. The the is not that important here.

newxieland
newxieland

I bet one of those regrets was that fateful night against Barcelona…

Gandalf
Gandalf

Bobby P :(:(:(

Sean
Sean

Derek Zoolander would say “Now he’s a philosophiser.”

I say long live Le Prof.

IamaGoober
IamaGoober

Whooooah – @Sean

Its a Ben Stiller line, but its not from Zoolander.. – ‘Now he’s a philosophiser’ its from Dodgeball. Stiller plays a character called White Goodman. He responsible for some absolute gems, such as:

‘Here at Globo Gym, we’re better than you, and we know it!’

‘You’re going down lafleur you’re going down like a sweet muffin!’

‘Oh, that? – That’s me grabbing the Bull by the horns, its a metaphor; but that actually happened though’

Sean
Sean

You’re right, I am well and truly ashamed.

I got it mixed up with “A eugoogoliser, one who reads at funerals.” from Zoolander.

Thank you for showing me the error of my ways.

IamaGoober
IamaGoober

An easy mistake to make my brother.

‘You know, Steeeeve the Pirate??!!…’

‘….. there’s a guy on our team dressed like a Pirate??’

lonsdale
lonsdale

You might like this then. It’s been my background since Sanchez signed.

http://giant.gfycat.com/UnselfishExemplaryBeagle.gif

Stuart (@Stuart_Ten)
Stuart (@Stuart_Ten)

As the kids would say, he’s ‘killing it’ in that shoot. Suave.

Arsetronomy
Arsetronomy

Maybe 10 years ago!

Today, Wenger is a roadman.

AllGunsABlazin

My sister called him swaggy.

I would agree, mucho swag Arsene.

Kolo Toure Ballsack
Kolo Toure Ballsack

Just skimmed through this, did he actually say it wot?

C J
C J

Wow.

Slick Mick
Slick Mick

I’m sorry, but you just can’t imagine Mourinho getting all deep and philosophical like the man Wenger. Superb stuff.

aaron
aaron

That’s because Mourinho is a bellend

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

deep

Arsetronomy
Arsetronomy

LOL

Dan D
Dan D

Mourinho is a vile little mosquito, our man Arsene is a colourful, vibrant butterfly.

raron aamsey
raron aamsey

Really can’t wait for him to release an autobiography

dk
dk

That would be one of the few that I’d actually be interested in reading.

SB
SB

If he does it wouldn’t be for money or vengeance (the usual reasons many other managers have).

gooner-alx
gooner-alx

@ raron aamsey. I have never been remotely interested in any one person enough to even consider reading their autobiography but like you I genuinely cannot wait for Arsene to release his! Although it’ll be tinged with sadness as that would mean this great man is no longer our manager…

Anthony
Anthony

I have only ever read Bergkamp’s ‘Stillness and Speed’ though I do own a signed copy of David Seaman’s ‘Safe Hands’

I too can’t wait for Arsene to write a book, will definitely be a fascinating read.

Oh, on a side note Mourinho released an autobiography. It was a picture book. ?

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

I have a signed copy of Stillness and Speed, and I thought the book was brilliant – indeed almost as brilliant as the fact that Dennis actually signed it for me. If Arsene ever wrote an autobiography I’d be lining up at the bookstore the night before to buy it.

Arsenes Banter
Arsenes Banter

Literally, so this man is unbelievably intelligent.

Could you imagine Mourinho or, heaven forbid, Big Sam saying anything like this?!

Rip Van's Winkel
Rip Van's Winkel

Sam: I didn’t make them, but I can eat all the pies.

KenyanArse
KenyanArse

This man Wenger

#legendary

kaius
kaius

We don’t talk enough about the humility it takes for him to do what he does the way he does it.

Jose P
Jose P

I am just smiling looking …. what a man!

Ishanovic in naija
Ishanovic in naija

Arsene fucking wenger

offbeat madoda

Any french speakers willing to provide a full translation of the article? If i manage to find someone willing outside of goonerdom,ill post a link or something here. Love hearing wenger speak,esp on things outside of football.

TheLegendThatIsTonyAdams
TheLegendThatIsTonyAdams

Not a French speaker, more of an understander! Bloggs has got the gist of it. Most of the rest of the article in the link is about Arsene spending the last Interlull in the south of France and stuff about the photo shoot.

ALexis PACINO
ALexis PACINO

He is a very Wise man. I adhere to his policies on football, live within your means, develop players, play attractive football. Yes winning trophies is important but how you do it is equally important. I respect this man, I respect this club. Proud to be a Gooner. Oh oh to be a Gooner…

Dennis' left shinpad
Dennis' left shinpad

Agreed on the Autobiography, there’s nothing to not love about Mr Wenger.

suker4punishment
suker4punishment

Father time hath spoketh

Marcus
Marcus

Haha! I thought this was a spoof article at first, an exaggeration of something deep and philosophical Arsene might have said in a press conference. I’m pretty sure that in another life Nelson Mandela and Arsene Wenger would have been best mates, with Arsene’s principles and beliefs taught at schools all over the world and successfully applied to resolve global conflicts. What a guy!

Kav
Kav

Work it, Arsene!

Abraham bitew
Abraham bitew

Genious arsene!

Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant

The only time for happiness is the present. The past holds regrets. The future uncertainties.

That’s the kind of man I want running our club!

chrispinito
chrispinito

Someone should translate this article to english and share this beauty of a mind to us. 🙂

gooner-alx
gooner-alx

What a man!

Яков Аршавин
Яков Аршавин

I’m feeling mushy all of a sudden….

Jai
Jai

Wenger is like the Godfather. Come on boss let’s stuff the spuds on Sunday.

Nez
Nez

Your simile is understatement! He’s not a Godfather alone;he’s an INSTITUTION!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

I think the last sentence isn’t correctly translated. In french, “donner raison” means it proved me right.

Paul
Paul

In Essex it means asking for a kebab from the bloke called Raison at Walton Kebab House.

Moos Alebbs
Moos Alebbs

“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.”

– David Brent

Jokerekoj
Jokerekoj

“Someone needs to learn how to use quotes appropriately.”

Jokerekoj

Eric Hitchmo
Eric Hitchmo

I don’t look upon this like it’s the end, I look upon it like it’s moving on you know. It’s almost like my work here’s done. I can’t imagine Jesus going ‘Oh, I’ve told a few people in Bethlehem I’m the son of God, can I just stay here with Mum and Dad now?’ No. You gotta move on. You gotta spread the word. You gotta go to Nazareth, please. And that’s, very much like… me. My world does not end within these four walls, Slough’s a big place. And when I’ve finished with Slough, there’s Reading, Aldershot, Bracknell, you know I’ve got to-Didcott, Yately. You know. My-Winersh, Taplow. Because I am my own boss, I can-Burfield. I can wake up one morning and go ‘Ooh, I don’t feel like working today, can I just stay in bed?’ ‘Ooh, don’t know, better ask the boss.’ ‘David can I stay in bed all day?’ ‘Yes you can David.’ Both me, that’s not me in bed with another bloke called David.

Dan D
Dan D

Love ‘The Office’. Brilliantly written, Gervais may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he wrote a genius piece of comedy for me there (with Merchant) of course.

Santi Claws
Santi Claws

French/English-living-in-France-and-speak-French Gunners: How is Arsene perceived by the media/public in France? Curious as to whether he’s mocked/scorned as he can be by the press in England. For some reason I wouldn’t think so, he strikes me as the sort of bloke the French would treasure..

Arshavin's fake moustache
Arshavin's fake moustache

I seem to remember a France game in Paris where the camera panned to him and he appeared on the big screen, the crowd cheered. I think they’d love him as France’s coach.

Jeremy
Jeremy

The thing is that in France, unless you support an english club, you basically have no logical reason to dislike Wenger. So only a few people have “exacerbated feelings” about him, and you could roughly say that the rest think :
A) If he’s Arsenal manager for such a long time, he can’t be that bad
d
B) If he hasn’t won a trophy for such a long time, he can’t be that good

Apart from that, there are in my opinion two main factors that define an opinion on Arsene, particularly for journalist et pundits :
– whether you really have interest AND knowledge in English football and culture or not
– when did you start to write/speak about english football

Most of times, the journalists who seems to have a really good opinion of him are the ones whom english football initiation happened during the 90’s. Younger journalists basically think that to get your club bought by a billionnaire is a much smarter, and therefore respectable, move than to make it self-sufficient financially…

Magneto
Magneto

Arsene demonstrates yet again why world leaders, captains of industry, academics, & writers have all sought an audience with him at one time or another, over many many years.

It’s also why the media ask him many non-football related questions, regularly.

I’m so glad that he is our manager and the public face of the mighty Arsenal.

Ger

Voltaire!

Jeremy
Jeremy

International break. A few days of escape for Arsene Wenger. Far from London Colney, the Arsenal training camp. Arsène free. Somewhere between Nice and Cannes. Quietude. Lunch with friends at the Petite Maison, his lair in Nice. A touch of football too. Armenia-France at Allianz Riviera. Arsene Wenger gives appointment at the Hotel Belles Rives, former Scott Fitzgerald’s Villa St. Louis. Writer and dandy. 10 am. Arsène is punctual. Photo session. Heaven is merciful. A bedroom, the 70, serves as a dressing room. Wenger likes to follow the advice of Cindy Sanchez, our stylist.

Arsene Wenger plays dummy. Long gray flannel coat, skinny jeans, hem, cuffs, a leather satchel and here he is, back to childhood. “It reminds me of when I went to school in Duttlenheim” he smiled. Over two hours of shooting. And with good grace. Souvenir photos with the hotel staff and, finally, a long moment of intimacy. Of confession. Confidence. So close, so far away from football. Without ever looking at his watch – a Portofino. Because Arsene, that morning, had decided to give time to time.

Arsène, if I told you that 6945 and dated October 9, what does it evoke to you?
AW: Nothing.

It’s been 6945 days since you are the coach of Arsenal. As many as the total of days present nineteen other Premier League managers.
AW: Really ? And that’s how many seconds, you who are good at math (laughs)?

Easy: 6945 x 24 x 3600!
AW: For me, it represents nothing other than the fact of practicing a profession exclusively facing forward. To the next day. I always live in the future. It is planned. Tight. I have a relationship to time quite scary indeed. I’m still trying to fight with. Therefore, I totally ignore what’s belonging to the past.

What makes the minute that’s coming a source of anxiety?
AW: I’m always afraid of being late. Not to be ready. Not being able to accomplish all that I planned. My relationship to time is worrying at every level. To go back in time, lean back is equally staggering. First of all it’s scary, because there are not as much forthcoming as experienced … The only way to fight against time is not to look back. If indulged, it’s scary and sometimes guilt.

You use the word scary both to evoke tomorrow than yesterday …
AW: The only possible moment of happiness, is the present. The past holds regrets. And future uncertainties. The man quickly realized this and created the religion. It forgives him for what he has done wrong in the past and told him not to worry for the future, as he will go to Paradise. That means enjoy the present well. Man is very early on “self-psychoanalysed” through faith.

Your insight about the relationship of man to religion is far removed from your teen perspective on the issue. At the time, you read the missal to help your team win …
AW: Unfortunately, today it work less! At the same time, fortunately, it means that my team does not necessarily need God to win.

In your relationship to the present, the match, the manager does he feel invested with an almost mystical power? You are the creator of your team, his playing style, strategy.
AW: 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. I define myself as an optimist. My constant battle in this business is to draw out the beauty in man. At this level that can portray me as naive. At the same time, it allows me to believe in it and it often proves me right.

Surrey Gooner
Surrey Gooner

Merçi beaucoup

Ozil's eyes
Ozil's eyes

How can u not love such a wise and knowledgeable guy. Now I understand why Mourinho hates him and the media thinks he’s boring

Can’t wait for his autobiography

Arsetronomy
Arsetronomy

That is deep shit!!!!!!!!!!

Le Coq Monsieur
Le Coq Monsieur

This reminds me of Chance the Gardener from ‘Being There’. Some believe the film was about the second coming, in Arsene’s case it’s true: Herbert Chapman first then Arsene Wenger – long may he reign.

Jozzer
Jozzer

Reminiscent of Chance the Gardener in ‘Being There’ which is said to be about the second coming. In Arsene’s case it’s true.

gazgoon
gazgoon

‘mazing film that!

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Brilliant, brilliant stuff. We are so lucky to have Arsene Wenger.

Goon
Goon

This is why he is a role model for everyone, whether you are a football man or not. His style of management, his philosophy are ingrained in his personal life as well. That picture of him and Sagna, it featured in an arseblog article, perfectly encapsulates him.

Ozherd
Ozherd

Disappointed there was nothing about his relationship with zips and pockets

Misog
Misog

Will miss him when he’s gone

Dogem
Dogem

He really is!
Prob on my top ten of all time to have a night down the pub with.

Paul
Paul

Did anyone else think it was a shark in the background??

timelord
timelord

Lets all talk like that…forever