Wenger: Trophies not the most important thing to me

Date published: Wednesday 12th July 2017 11:20

Arsene Wenger has played down the importance of winning trophies at Arsenal.

The Gunners ended this past season by winning the FA Cup, but it capped a disappointing season in which they finished fifth in the Premier League.

That represented the lowest finish recorded by Wenger since he was appointed manager in October 1996.

But on the club’s pre-season tour of Australia, the Frenchman says that it is more important “to know who we are” than it is to win trophies.

“We want to win trophies but you cannot live inside a club thinking we want to win the next trophy and if you don’t win it then you have lost,” he said.

“The club is something bigger than that and has a stronger basis than that. On a personal level, I want to win every game. When we lose a game I’m absolutely mad and sad, but it is part of being a coach.

“I’ve stayed here for a long time because of the values I hold close to me.

“One is to win trophies but more importantly it is to know who we are, and what is important to us in the game. It is that basis which wins football games and that’s what I will do until the end of my career.”

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