By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger does not like golf much but he loves the Ryder Cup.
The bi-annual golf tournament teed-off on Friday morning at the rain-soaked Celtic Manor resort in Wales. As ever, it will be a tense few days of matchplay golf between teams from Europe and the US.
With Arsenal due to visit Chelsea on Sunday, Wenger may not be glued to his television set over the weekend but, speaking exclusively to Arsenal.com, he did confess a professional fascination.
"I'm not particularly a golf fan," he said. "But this is a team event and you have the magic of a team sport.
"That makes it more unpredictable and more enjoyable to watch. It's not just ‘this guy has a better handicap than the other one so he has better team'.
"It's like in football, you have unexpected results and when you listen to [what has happened] after the competition you realise that you have similar problems to those you could have in a football team - the collective spirit, problems of understanding between people."
It also brings together a Continent that, at times, has suffered from a similar kind of misunderstanding.
"I was thinking only today when I saw the European flag that [the Ryder Cup] is a nice way to contribute to a sense of values and unity in Europe," he said.
"It could be an example to other sports of how you can create teams that represent Europe."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 2 Oct 2010