By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will never be satisfied with what he achieves in football.
The Arsenal manager has passed a couple of significant milestones recently, celebrating his 60th birthday just a few weeks after eclipsing George Allison as the Club’s longest serving manager.
Wenger has revolutionised Arsenal since arriving in North London as a relative unknown 13 years ago and has married attractive football with glory, winning seven major trophies and leading his team to an unbeaten title season in 2004.
The Frenchman has a most impressive CV but, at his pre-match press conference on Friday, he explained why his appetite for success would never be sated.
“Am I happy with all that I have achieved? Certainly not,” he said. “I expect always more and you can never be completely happy with what you do.
“The only credit that I give to myself is that I have worked very hard my whole career and always try to improve.
“I am very, very, very lucky to still be in charge today.
“If I look at all my friends who started with me, I was very, very young when I started. I was in charge at 33 and to survive at that age is not easy. You could see with many young managers, it’s difficult when you start with such a big responsibility.
“Overall I was very lucky. But always think you could have achieved more and make better decisions.”
Wenger joined the 60-club on Thursday but would he still be briefing the media when he becomes a septuagenarian?
“No. I cut you [off] straight away,” replied the Frenchman. But Wenger is determined to leave a lasting legacy.
“I believe that I helped to develop the Club and give some great moments of happiness to people who love football and to our fans as well,” he said.
“I respected my duties of this Club. I had a positive influence on the career of the players, individually as well.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Oct 2009