Video: Arsène Wenger at AS Nancy in the 1980s – looking very old school!

Arsène Wenger is looking rather retro in the clip below, which I believe is from his early days at AS Nancy-Lorraine. From my basic French he seems to be age 35. That would date the video to 1984, his first season as a manager.

A French Arsespeak reader has kindly translated the interview, transcript below.

AW: “The mistake would be to stay in the same position, because we cannot stay eternally at the same level as the others progress, and that we are condemned a day or an other. So I think in this job we must have ambition and the desire to go the highest possible.”

Journalist: “So you are coming for 3 years in AS Nancy-Lorraine, do you think it’s enough time to leave a mark and have a real policy in the club?”

AW: “I don’t think that it will take 3 years for the way of playing. But for the policy of the club, yes i think that’s the time it’ll take.”

Journalist: “Compared to Cannes, what are you expecting from the 1st division?”

AW: “What i am expecting here is good work conditions, which i didn’t have in Cannes..”

Journalist: “Why?”

AW: “Because the facilities are not taken care of and the city doesn’t do much about it. What I am expecting as well is a stability in the club, above all on the human side, which I had in Cannes. But also I am waiting for a big battle in the 1st division, where there is a big difference with the 2nd division.”

Thanks to @timhi for the video link

Wenger’s managerial career is as follows:

Nancy were relegated to Ligue 2 during his third season in charge, but on joining Monaco Wenger won Ligue 1 in his first season 1987/88. He was successful there, winning that first Ligue 1 title, the French Cup in 1991. He also signed up players such as Youri Djorkaeff, and a young Thierry Henry.

However, his time at Monaco was blighted by the match fixing scandal surrounding Marseilles in the early 90s, a case which Arsène will always remember bitterly, as it denied his side the League title, Monaco finished as runners-up in Ligue 1 three seasons running, 1990/91, 1991/92 and 1992/93, when Wenger was released.

We’ve talked before about Wenger’s managerial history at Monaco, discussing his European campaigns of the early 1990s.

In addition last summer I traveled to his hometown near Strasbourg, a village called Duttlenheim, and posted pictures on the Arsespeak Twitter of the restaurant he grew up in – La Croix D’Or – you can view them here.

Watch more in the Classic Video Archive or Read the series Wenger: The Beginnings

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13 thoughts on “Video: Arsène Wenger at AS Nancy in the 1980s – looking very old school!

  1. shedzy

    i forwarded the video to Arsene for his comments, but all he could say about his own hair was ‘zat i did not see ze incident’………

  2. johan

    – “The mistake would be to stay in the same position because we cannot stay eternally at the same level because the others progress and that we are condemned a day or an other so i think in this job we must have ambition and the desire to go the highest possible.”
    (journalist) – ” So you are coming for 3 years in AS nancy-lorraine, do you think it´s enough time to leave a mark and have a real policy in the club ? ”
    – ” I don´t think that it take 3 years for the way of playing but for the policy of the club, yes i think that´s the time it´ll take.”
    (journalist) – ” Comparing to Cannes, what are you expecting from the 1 st division? ”
    – ” What i am expecting here is good work conditions, which i didn´t have in Cannes..”
    (journalist) – ” Why? ”
    – ” Because the facilities are not taken care of and the city doesn’t do much about it,
    what i am expecting as well is a stability in the club, above all on the human side of it which i had in Cannes but also i am waiting for a big battle in the 1 st division where there is a big difference with the 2 nd division. ”
    Hope it´ll help!

    1. Thank you Johan, much appreciated.

      There are some running themes in his management – sorting facilities – he has built Arsenal a new training ground and stadium.

      He also mentions stability in the personnel – something he has strived for at Arsenal.

  3. heffy

    thanks johan, that’s great for us non french speakers.

    I think he really really looks like lehmann. I mean go check out a pic of lehmann, esp from the same angle!

  4. es

    What’s really spooky about this is that the French abbreviation for Nancy is:

    ASNL (Association Sportive Nancy Lorraine) … I did not know that.

    Oh, and the Jens Lehmann thing … that’s spooky too.

  5. renegadebison

    lol -never imagined how he looked as a young guy with all that hair! I bet he had a lot of women supporters!

  6. ciny

    He is a lot better looking than any English manager. I would choose him above Harry, Big Sam, SAF and all of them any day…..

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