By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has seen countless players during his long career in football but it’s not necessarily the most gifted ones that catch his eye.
The Frenchman believes that application is at least as important as talent when it comes to forging a top-level career and is drawn to those who maximise their resources.
Speaking at a supporters Q&A at Emirates Stadium, Wenger said: “People ask me all the time who my favourite player is.
“My favourite players are those who have a normal talent but make a great career. That's what I respect the most, the guy who takes the absolute maximum out of his potential.
“When you are young, you learn as you age that life is not as easy as it looks at 20. At 20, to be rigorous, to be consistent, to be focused, is not natural.
“These players, what they have to do is make their life between 20 and 30. They have to sacrifice a part of their life.
“I often say to people, 'look, George Bush became President of the United States. At 40, he says himself that he was an alcoholic.' At 40 years of age in football there is no comeback, but you can still make a life for a normal person in a normal job.
“In sport you have to understand what is important between 20 and 30. I don't want the players to come back and say, 'you didn't tell me you have to prepare well, you didn't tell me to be as good as I can be'. That's just a part of it.”
Watch the full Q&A in four parts on Arsenal Player.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 13 Dec 2011