By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger is fast approaching 10 years as manager of Arsenal Football Club.
His stylish brand of football has been lined with silverware but the man himself does not keep the trappings of his success. Winners' medals have been mislaid or given away and if you went to 'Chez Wenger' only his office would provide evidence of his profession.
"Ten years doesn't have any special meaning," he said. "What is important to me is only tomorrow's game. I have never been somebody who collected prizes or photos. I have nothing at home at all. In my office you would see I am a football manager but nowhere else in my house.
"I must have some medals at home but I don't know where they are. I give them away. The one from the Champions League Final I didn't even take home. I don't know who has got it. I have given a lot of them to my family but when I give one to them they keep it so it is not like throwing it away."
Wenger does concede that he might regret his generosity in the future.
"One day, yes," he said. "When I don't work
any more and I sit there living in the past
- maybe I will try to put things together but at the moment, no.
"What is important is Sheffield United and if everybody could forget I have been here for 10 years I would be happy.
"The only thing that is interesting to me is the future,
and always turns to the next game and show that you have improved.
That's why time passes quickly."
Copyright 2014 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 22 Sep 2006