Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger persists that he is more focused on winning trophies in the future rather than what he is achieved as Arsenal manager since the last 20 years.
With the Frenchman reaching the 20-year anniversary mark on Saturday, the achievement has headlined the sports news over the last one week.
Prior to Arsenal’s Premier League game against Burnley, club chairman Chips Keswick honored his manager with a crystal vase at his weekly talk with the media.
The 66-year-old Wenger has managed Arsenal to three victorious Premier League campaigns, including the famous campaign of 2003-04, where the “Invincibles” team did not lose a single game throughout the Premier League season. Wenger has also won six FA Cups to go along with his three Premier League titles.
Nevertheless, with the Arsenal manager recognizing his long and fruitful spell at the Emirates, the Frenchman has aimed to continue his success with the North Londoners, as the Gunners look forward to continue their eight-match unbeaten streak across all competitions.
“I think it is a privilege for me but I do not look back,” Wenger spoke when he was questioned about his favorite achievement with Arsenal in the past two decades.
“Maybe what people will keep is the invincible year, but for me the job of a manager is to do the maximum with what you have available and that is what I try to do.
“We are obsessed always by the next game and that is what we expect always: the perfect game in the next one. That is what we work for.”
The Arsenal boss appreciated the steady support of the Arsenal management that encouraged him to continue his long tenure and confessed that football has changed since he first arrived.
When questioned what encouraged him the most to continue his job in the past 20 years, the veteran manager answered:
“Certainly my resilience and passion and certainly the faith of the board, who stand by me.
“A lot has changed. The art of management has changed, the club has grown bigger, it is now a global club. Twenty years ago it wasn’t as big, or as expensive.
“Football has become popular, it’s become a world sport. Today when I go out onto the training pitch, I see people from China or Hong Kong.
“Everything has changed and the pressure has intensified too. But what hasn’t changed is the solidarity inside the club. That’s always stayed the same.”