Arsene Wenger Describes the Traits he Wants in his Successor

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has done a lot of reflection as he drew level with the immortal Sir Alex Ferguson for most games managed in Premier League history (810) on Thursday. Wenger did a lot of big picture thinking before and after the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman used a very colorful Russian roulette analogy to describe managing.

Wenger is now set to surpass Fergie for the total games managed record on New Year’s Eve against West Bromwich Albion. As the weekend fixture approaches, Wenger articulated details of the future at Arsenal. Having been at the club since 1996, Wenger described the kind of manager that he hopes his successor will be.

“I think a coach has three influences possible in his life. On the results, the style of play, the technical touch, the technical trace he leaves. After that, there’s also the push he gives to the structure and style of the club.

“And thirdly, on how individual players lead their lives,” Wenger told French outlet SFR Sport (video below)

“I think I would like people to say that I have tried to be influential in the three areas, but above all that I did it while respecting the values that are dear to me, and that are dear to the club too.”

“That’s why there is a kind of harmony between us, and I hope that the next manager will find a club that’s in good health, and that he’ll be faithful to the values that are dear to the club.”

Arsene Wenger has been with Arsenal for 21 years, where he has accomplished many honors, and won 57.6% of his games over that span.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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