Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was sacked from the Emirates at the end of the 2017-2018 season, has made an interesting statement as the French gaffer revealed what he planned to do to the Gunners if he had not stepped down.
Arsene Wenger is arguably the greatest manager in the history of Arsenal after 22 years, with his term ending in a tale of two halves. The first half was very successful and the second half was rather a time to forget with the FA Cup the only trophies he won in his last years.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he needed to create a university within Arsenal while he was the manager of the club. The Frenchman, who fittingly earned himself a nickname “The Professor” as a coach, left the Gunners a year ago following a 22-year spell that saw him procure acclaim for his innovative and pioneering approach to the game.
He wanted to take that considerably further by creating a centre within inside the club to inquire about the mental, physical and technical aspects of the modern footballer. He said: “My last dream at Arsenal was to create a university inside the club.
“I was negotiating already with some big companies, like Sony, Siemens, because they had big research departments. I am convinced that the next step can be that inside the clubs.”
The 69-year-old has proceeded with this passion by putting resources into sports technology firm PlayerMaker. For Wenger, the technology, which uses a sensor strapped to a player’s boot to measure physical and technical output during training and games, has the potential to break new ground in sport.
Wenger said: “It is more just to show support to technology that is forward thinking and above the rest and is easy to use and very accurate. It is a company at the start with big ambition and works very hard to improve every day and that is what I like.
It’s not what I think will be my income in the future. “The technology that PlayerMaker uses is certainly another revolution.”. For Wenger, however, this divergence into investment does not spell the end of his management career. While he has enjoyed his time out of club football, he still believes he has much to contribute to the game.
Wenger said: “I am less intense, a better perspective of what is going on, I see the mistakes a manager makes and I don’t pay the price for it. Originally I said straight away I will manage straightaway again, after that I thought maybe I will take a little bit of distance.
“I came to the conclusion I wanted to share what I learned in my life. Life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know. In what way will it be will it just be winning football games or will it be in another way, that’s what I have to decide and that decision comes very quickly.”
The French gaffer also insisted he did not struggle to adapt to life after Arsenal, but was keen to keep pushing himself to the next level. Wenger said: “It was not so difficult because I think for certain in life you have competition with others and competition with yourself and my toughest one was with myself.
“Always, I believe even know what is interesting is my basic question is what my next level and I believe I will live with that as long as I’m on earth and that will not change. I’m at an age where I have to fight not to go to the next level down.”