The Arsenal gaffer has contributed generously to the language of football since his arrival in the Premier League.

Over the years, match officials have taken regular trips to “farciland”, he was often keen to remind us that his team had dominated “footballistically,” and meaningless late goals were described as “anecdotic”.

But despite his economics degree, Arsene’s maths hasn’t always been flawless:

“Of the nine red cards this season we probably deserved half of them.”

He was occasionally perplexed with goalline officials:

“If you don’t question their role, then you’ve got to ask what they are doing?”

It wasn’t always clear if he was claiming a penalty or psychoanalysing his players:

“Nasri tonight was touched.”

And he sometimes gave journos the cold shoulder:

“I am supposed to take the bullets and absorb them – like a polar bear.”



But as usual with Wenger, his chief contribution was in bringing the best out of others.

Charlie Nicholas revealed how he made an early night worth his players’ while:

“There’s a curfew of 75 grand a week.”

Tony Cascarino was more concerned with what might have been:

“If he had strengthened, Arsenal could have been even stronger.”



He kept Gilesy’s eyes wide shut:

“Wenger is noted for his versatile eyesight.”

He wasn’t quite as old as Lawro thought:

“Mourinho would love to beat Wenger on his 1,000th birthday.”

Danny Murphy admired his high-fibre diet:

“Wenger likes consistency with his number twos.”

Ian Darke had no precedent:

“4-0 down in his 1000th game; that can’t have happened too many times to Arsene Wenger.”

It sometimes got steamy in the technical area:

“Arsene Wenger is gyrating furiously with the fourth official.”

But towards the finish, the criticism became more creative:

“If he coached a fish it would drown.”