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..”
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.