We Can Win The Title – Arsene Wenger
The 59-year-old has overseen a golden period at N5, one not seen since the club’s domestic dominance in the 1930’s, yet he acknowledged that a further season without a trophy would be a bitter pill to swallow.
He told the Mirror: “I think it [winning the title] would be the consequence of more patient work, and of a long build-up. I believe as well you can say this team is like some former teams, that it is really red and white.
“A lot of these players arrived at 16 and are now in the first team, and it is something fantastic to achieve that,” he said, self-congratulating his faith in the club’s youth.
“We have not won the Premier League since 2004. To achieve it now would be like winning it for the first time again.”
On the Invincibles run, he added: “After seven games this season, everybody has lost already and there are a lot of people who have invested a lot of money. I don’t say it [going unbeaten] cannot be done again, but it is an exceptional achievement because it is not long ago – 2004 – and it shows that it takes something special to do that.”
Wenger surpassed the previous record set by George Allison to this week become Arsenal’s longest ever club manager. It has oft been said at board-room level that the former Grampus coach has a job at Arsenal “for life”, yet he has already begun to talk about who he would like to see take the reins when he finally calls the curtain down on his managerial career.
A former Wenger pupil remains the favoured candidate, as Thierry Henry, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, and Lee Dixon put forth cases that whet the current boss’ pallet.
“I can see that happening,” Wenger said to Sky Sports. “I believe at some stage the legacy here has to go to some people who have had a big influence at this club.
“I will have to stop one day and maybe it will be me working with them. Thierry loves the game. Does he love to suffer? That’s what he has to show as a manager.
“But it is not just him. I believe that Bould, Adams, Winterburn and Dixon can all be managers. Do they want to do it?
“First of all it has to be a choice of life. Being a manager is a sacrifice of the rest of your life. Not everybody is ready for that.”