By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will mark 12 years as Arsenal manager on Sunday but don't expect the Frenchman to indulge in a dreamy trip down memory lane.
The 58-year-old has presided over more games - and enjoyed more success - than any of his Highbury successors. However, he is only concerned with what is coming, not what has gone.
Indeed, at his pre-match press conference Wenger revealed that his house contains no evidence of the three League titles, four FA Cups and two 'doubles' he has won since his surprise appointment in 1996.
"I’m not very happy to speak about my anniversary because what interests me in life is what is in front of me and not what is behind me," he said.
"If you came to my house you would not find anything from the last 12 years, because I’m only interested in what’s happening in the future. There are no photos.
"I don't even know where those trophies and mementos are. I am interested in history, but not my history. It's something strange. I'm always oriented forward, forward, forward.
"I also believe that is part of the sickness of this job, as you know what you've done is forgotten and what is important is what happens tomorrow. You spend your life worrying about the future, and are always expecting the next game, the next game and the next game.
"It becomes something almost perverse. It takes over your brain completely and you never take time to look back."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 26 Sep 2008