Arsene Wenger faces the press for his last ever pre-match press conference as Arsenal manager today, having offered up some of English football’s most memorable quotes in past appearances.
The 68-year-old will bow out as Arsenal boss following their Premier league fixture against Huddersfield at the weekend. He has managed the Gunners for almost 22 years.
Wenger guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups, leading the since unmatched ‘Invincibles’ team of 2003-04.
In recent years though, the Frenchman has come under fire from his own supporters, with the club having dropped out of the Champions League places and having not won the league for 14 years.
But in both the good times and the bad, Wenger’s quotes in pre-match press conferences and interviews saw some of his most memorable moments.
From his famous rivalry with Manchester United, bitter clashes with counterpart Jose Mourinho, or his grand descriptions of his footballing philosophy, Wenger certainly had plenty to say.
Here’s just a few of Wenger’s best soundbites from the last 22 years.
I tried to watch the Tottenham match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep.
I changed a few habits, which isn't easy in a team where the average age is 30 years. At the first match the players were chanting 'we want our Mars bars.'
Sometimes I see it, but I say that I didn’t see it to protect the players and because I could not find any rational explanation for what they did.
Ferguson does what he wants and you (the press) are all down at his feet. He doesn't interest me and doesn't matter to me at all. I will never answer to any provocation from him anymore. He has lost all sense of reality.
I cannot classify the moments of happiness and of sadness, but every defeat is a scar in your heart that you never forget.
I am not scared to spend money. If you go out with me one night, you will understand that.
I do not want to go into that silly, disrespectful remark. I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start. The only thing I know is it's more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.
When you have just the trousers on it’s easy to take the trousers off as well. When you’re naked completely you have to find a shirt and try to put it on again and then you’re dressed normally again.
To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.