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'Roy Keane was an exceptional football player but he was always, as well, on the fringe of violence' - Arsene Wenger

'Roy was an exceptional football player but he was always, as well, on the fringe of violence. I don't know what kind of player he was in the dressing-room but to me, on the outside, he looked like a guy who controlled the team' - Arsene Wenger

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger transformed Arsenal during his 22 years as manager enjoying a famous rivalry with Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson along the way

Arsene Wenger transformed Arsenal during his 22 years as manager enjoying a famous rivalry with Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson along the way

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

"Look we need to be lucky, you lose so many friends who had a good lifestyle," Arsene Wenger explains, defending the prevailing regimentation of his life.

It is just after 10.30am on Wednesday, five full hours after the commencement of his day in a small gym he has built in his North London home. He chats from a landline in his office, 'Le Professor' at 70, no longer a football manager, yet still - palpably - entranced by the game.

His work for FIFA (he is Head of Global Football Development) requires much travel, but whenever home - and he still considers England home today - he rises without fail at 5.30am for a 90-minute work-out.