Arsenal boss attributes hiding own weakness to success as longest serving manager

Updated: Jul 29, 2013, 14:54 PM IST

London: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed that the reason he is football`s longest serving manager is because he never allowed his players to see his weaknesses.

63-year old Wenger who has served for 17 years as the manager despite eight seasons without a trophy said that in football management, one cannot cheat because when one works with 30 players, they detect the weaknesses in the personality.

Speaking to a convention of Japanese businessmen, Wenger further said that as manager his biggest power is to drop a player who is under performing and added that a good footballer should feel he can express himself, but also be helpful to the group.

A report said Wenger saying that in football, being a weak player can cost the game and every minute of every day, a footballer tests himself and that is where the stress comes from.

Adding that a top level sportsman is driven by their motivation for success, Wenger said that it doesn`t necessarily mean successful sportsmen are happy people but it means they are determined and are ready to hurt themselves to be successful, the report said.