By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is famously forward-looking but, on reaching 60, even he took time out to reflect on what he has learned during his coaching career.

The Frenchman made his name at Monaco, spent an enlightening spell in Japan and then, 13 years ago, arrived at Arsenal. His tenure has been little short of revolutionary.

However nothing has been easy and, speaking before the weekend, he revealed what he has had to learn.

“I would say the biggest lesson I have learned in life is rigour,” he said. “Discipline, discipline and discipline again.

“I have learnt that no one has enough ability to live off it alone. It does not go far and a life without work goes nowhere.

“I have also learnt humility. Sometimes you think at 40 you know it all but I have found out everyone can be right in football. Someone not in the job can say something completely stupid and they can be right.”

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22 Oct 2009