Saturday 24 March 2018

Arsene Wenger: 'I am often so stressed I look like I have constipation'

Arsene Wenger looks on at his Arsenal side
Arsene Wenger looks on at his Arsenal side
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes that the stress of managing Arsenal makes it look like he is suffering from constipation.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, Wenger gave an insight into the pressures that accompany his work at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger has been the target of disgruntled fans in recent seasons, with his reluctance to spend big in the transfer market and failure to win any Premier League titles since 2004 stretching their patience.

Arsenal are currently two points off the top oif the table ahead of Saturday's game against Sunderland, and Wenger acknowledges that his job has taken a toll.

Told by the interviewer that he does not often show his sense of humour, Wenger replied: "It's true that [my sense of humour] is an aspect of my personality people don't really know.

"With my work, I am often stressed, so I slightly have the air of a guy who has constipation.

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"But I do like to laugh when I'm with my friends and I can show the kind of humour that I can't show in the media. You know that you can quickly cause irreparable damage when you have my job."

In a wide-ranging interview, Wenger said he could not envisage managing another club when he finally decides to leave Arsenal - although he did admit to being in contact with executives at Paris Saint-Germain on a "friendly" basis.

"It seems to me that it would be difficult, I am 66," he said. "I still have a year and a half left on my contract, I will see what happens after that.

"Yes, I am in contact with PSG - but those are friendly contacts. It is always a pleasure to run into Laurent Blanc and Nasser Al Khelaifi (the club's president). I am very happy that their club is getting good results."

Wenger insisted that he did not listen to his former players such as Thierry Henry who now criticise him in their jobs as pundits.

Asked if those criticisms made him angry, he said: "Not at all. That is the pundit's job. He needs to say something. Personally, I do not listen to what he says."

Wenger also backed Lionel Messi to win his fifth Ballon d'Or at the ceremony in Zurich next month.

"No doubt [he will win] this year, as he has won everything," he said. "For me, he is the best. Messi is touched by God when he has the ball at his feet. He has a supersonic level of training."

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