By Richard Clarke

Most people need a confidante, a special pal who can absorb your innermost worries in difficult moments.

Arsène Wenger, however, relies on himself.

The Frenchman is under intense media scrutiny right now. If you believe what you read, Arsenal are a troubled, trembling side who could find themselves tumbling down the table unless they put their poor form behind them – a tough job considering that Manchester United visit Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

In such circumstances, it is natural to turn to a friend for advice. Wenger, however, will listen to everyone and then lean heavily on his 24 years as a manager.

“I rely on my experience,” he said. “I know what is important for the team to do. I stick to what I believe is right and I am quite relaxed about that.

“In any career you have moments that go well and moments that go less well. You are not God when everyone says you are and you are not miserable when everyone says you are. The truth is somewhere inbetween.

“Of course any opinion about football can be right. That is something you have to accept even if you are 30 years in football. Someone of 20 can have an opinion that can be right.

“I accept that but I also have some principles I know are right because they work and I will keep even if  for example someone says in November ‘you should buy him’. Even if he’s right what does it help you? You are in November and you cannot buy before January.”

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7 Nov 2008