Arsene Wenger: What advice I’d give a younger version of myself

Arsène Wenger was in a reflective mood on Thursday...

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsene Wenger says he would tell a younger version of himself to “focus on what he loves”.

The Frenchman celebrated the 18th anniversary of his arrival at Arsenal last month and is set to turn 65 later this month.

Asked what advice he’d give a young Wenger, the Arsenal manager replied: “We are all gifted at something in life.

I had no red carpet to get where I am and I had to fight and work hard every day

Arsene Wenger

“The only advice I would give is to really try to identify something you really love and give it all.”

Reflecting on still being in management as he approaches his 65th birthday, Wenger added: “I have to accept my fate.

“Maybe I have been very lazy in a former life and have to come back and work for the laziness I have shown before!

“I accept it and enjoy it and am ready to fight as long as I can. When you come from where I come, where I started and look back a little bit at my career, you know that one quality you need is to fight.

“My father was not in football, I had no red carpet to get where I am and I had to fight and work hard every day and that is what I did every day.

“As long as I am capable of doing it, I will do it.”

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