Wenger - Pep and our shared philosophy

At the start of this season, Arsene Wenger said that the Premier League had become a “world championship of managers”.

With the arrival of Pep Guardiola, the top flight had gained some added stardust - and our manager and his Manchester City counterpart will go head to head this weekend.

Wenger is an admirer of the Spaniard, and says the pair share the same managerial philosophy.

“He started at Barcelona, I started in an academy,” the boss said. “It’s not the same, but I must say he has done extremely well and he is one of the most respected managers in the game, if not the most and maybe rightly so.

“[He is] similar [to me] - he tries to play. Every manager has a personality and can only act with his own personality.


“You cannot copy a manager , you can only be who you are, and he has been influenced at Barcelona by the Cruyff period when he was a player. I think he has strong beliefs and that for me is the most important thing for a manager.

“Our job is to always accept that you want your own philosophy but at the right pace. When you go somewhere, sometimes you have to analyse what is going on and to bring in your own philosophy at a pace where you think they can cope with it.”


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