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Arsene Wenger Makes Me So Proud

Arsene Wenger Makes Me So Proud

Ladies & Gentlemen, football supporters are proud of their clubs for a lot of reasons. Spurs fans are proud of the number of players they have in the England squad, no matter how mediocre the players, Chelsea fans are proud to win trophies no matter what the cost, even if it's the very soul of their club, Liverpool fans are proud of their fantastic history that can not be matched by any other English club, but me? I'm so very proud of the way in which our club is run.

We have already been written off by almost every media source, football pundit and football fan across the land, indeed Wenger's reluctance to spend money saw the odds on the Gunners winning the title shoot out to over 25/1 at the beginning of the season, yet the Arsenal already sit proudly in second place playing the best football of any team in the PL so far this season.

Arsene Wenger is not only a genius, but also a very stubborn man. A man who will not betray his beliefs no matter how much pressure is placed upon him to 'spend big' or to devise a plan B. Le boss has often been criticised for detracting so much from the English game despite statistics proving that Mr Wenger has pumped more players into clubs around our nation than any other manager, a man who has taken flak despite having more English players in the national youth teams than any other club bar Boro.

This man has more honour than any other manager in football.

Arsene Wenger is a firm believer in, what my nan calls, 'living within your means', which basically means don't spend what you haven't earned. Since AW's appointment 10 years ago, the Frenchman has spent a net total of around £2M (Shaun Wright-Phillips cost £19M more than that). It was at £13M up until this summers transfer activity. In that time we have seen great players such as Patrick Vieira, Sol Campbell, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Ashley Cole, Cesc Fabregas, etc etc.

Today Arsene Wenger reaffirmed his stance that he doesn't buy stars, he makes them.

"We want to be faithful to the policy in the Club," he said on the clubs official website. 'We have a team that can develop in the next four or five years. I feel we are in the process of turning Cesc Fabregas, Denilson and Abou Diaby into world-class players.

"It may not be so long before we are on top again. If you ask me if we have the potential to achieve success this year then I say 'yes without a doubt`. It is important not to relate only success with money. I feel we make superstars. We have a feel for the game and the way we want to play football is linked to development and therefore you have to take your time a little bit. If you find an extra special player then OK.'

"But I have not seen a number of what you might call world class players. World class prices maybe but not world class players."

So while I'm extremely proud of the football our team plays and what it has achieved, the thing I'm most proud of is our manager, what he stands for and the belief he shows in his charges.

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Date:Tuesday September 4 2007
Time: 8:27PM


the man is pure class.. wat else can we say abt him.. all the time we say that no one man is above the club.. but i cannot imagine arsenal without arsene.. i know for sure that he is staying.. and that assurance is showing on the pitch.. i am so truly honoured to be supporting a club led by arsene
04/09/2007 20:58:00
They say the wisest men follow their own direction. Wenger is a wise man in a Premier league increasingly inhabited by idiots.
Little Dutch
04/09/2007 21:01:00
... Daving Dein desperately trying to become one of them. AW has my respect because of his idealistic yet very pragmatic approach to Arsenal in general. He has not just respected the values of the club and the history, but I am a believer that he has added to them. Historically, in terms of success - he is second to none. As a person, his faith in certain individuals (players, coaches, board members, etc) and his respect of his own word/contract adds something that many these days lack: CLASS. Yes he has 'sinned' but he never backed off of his words/actions, he has stood by his players and held the club's best interests ALWAYS as no.1 priority. He has parted company with some of the best players the world has every seen only because he thought that AFC would have been better off without them or there was someone better coming up. His treatment of Jose Reyes for example is commendable - I never heard him say one bad word about him bar the 'global warming' joke and he did everything to do what is best for the club, but also for Jose Antonio. He will always be a legend, and he will always be one of the greatest Gooners that ever walked the Earth.
04/09/2007 21:17:00
"So while I'm extremely proud of the football our team plays and what it has achieved".........yeah...what has it acheived lately?
Blue is the colour
04/09/2007 21:24:00
Great Article. I cant imagine Arsenal without Arsene.
04/09/2007 21:29:00
Why does everything have to be about now with Chelsea fans? Oh cause nows all there have ever had.
04/09/2007 21:32:00
Being above 4m...Champions league Final...Carling Cup Final...Unbeaten Season...spending almost the least in the Premiership and still being a force. But your lot have been bought, yes you have a "special" manager but he wouldnt be able to do what AW did. Yes, he won with Porto. These players were awsome. Its not like they were the Porto of now. They have Deco and Mccarthy. You could never feel the same as we gooners do for our team. Its just AWSOME!
04/09/2007 21:37:00
"So while I'm extremely proud of the football our team plays and what it has achieved".........yeah...what has it acheived lately? Blue is the colour - - - - one less loss than Chelsea is what it has acheived lately
04/09/2007 21:38:00
blue is the colour,
money is the game,
crass and unpopular,
no history or shame...

I love the genius that is Arsene Wenger, I love my club, I will forego immediate success for the sensible, frugal and careful stewardship of M. Wenger, for he knows, and he will bring us trophies again yet, and all by bucking the current trend for being over-zealous with big money signings, and without throwing the club's money away. Look at Martin Jol, he now stands on a knife edge, expectations at liverpool are through the roof, whereas we have a quiet confidence in this team, and have thus far dodged the bullets of the build-'em-up, knock-'em-down media... »»Arsene Knows««
04/09/2007 21:53:00
i was about to start a rant about no history at chequeski but i see you have that well covered Wingston! well said!
04/09/2007 21:58:00
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