‘It was my last dream at the club’: Arsene Wenger reveals how he wanted to create a university at Arsenal before stepping down as manager last year
- Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wanted to create a university within Arsenal
- The Frenchman left the Gunners last year after a 22-year spell at the London club
- He aimed to research the mental, physical and technical aspects of modern stars
The Frenchman, who fittingly earned the nickname ‘The Professor’ as a coach, left the Gunners last year after a 22-year spell that saw him earn praise for his innovative and pioneering approach to the game.
He wanted to take that even further by creating a centre within the club to research the mental, physical and technical aspects of the modern footballer.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wanted to create a university within Arsenal
He said: ‘My last dream at Arsenal was to create a university inside the club.
‘I was negotiating already with some big companies, like Sony, Siemens, because they had big research departments.
‘I am convinced that the next step can be that inside the clubs.’
The 69-year-old has continued this passion by investing in sports technology firm PlayerMaker.
For Wenger, the technology, which uses a sensor strapped to a player’s boot to measure physical and technical output during training and games, has the potential to break new ground in sport.
Wenger said: ‘It is more just to show support to technology that is forward thinking and above the rest and is easy to use and very accurate.
The Frenchman left the Gunners last year after a 22-year spell at the Premier League side
‘It is a company at the start with big ambition and works very hard to improve every day and that is what I like.
It’s not what I think will be my income in the future.
‘The technology that PlayerMaker uses is certainly another revolution.’
For Wenger, however, this divergence into investment does not spell the end of his management career.
While he has enjoyed his time out of club football, he still believes he has much to contribute to the game.
Wenger said: ‘I am less intense, better perspective of what is going on, I see the mistakes a manager makes and I don’t pay the price for it.
‘Originally I said straightaway I will manage straightaway again, after that I thought maybe I will take a little bit of distance
‘I came to the conclusion I wanted to share what I learned in my life. Life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know.
The 69-year-old has not worked for another club since leaving Arsenal in May 2018
Wenger has enjoyed his time out of front-line management, having worked as a pundit
‘In what way will it be will it just be winning football games or will it be in another way, that’s what I have to decide and that decision comes very quickly.’
The 69-year-old also insisted he did not struggle to adapt to life after Arsenal, but was keen to keep pushing himself to the next level.
Wenger said: ‘It was not so difficult because I think for certain in life you have competition with others and competition with yourself and my toughest one was with myself.
‘Always, I believe even know what is interesting is my basic question is what my next level and I believe I will live with that as long as I’m on earth and that will not change.
‘I’m at an age where I have to fight not to go to the next level down.’