'I had to control the animal inside me...' Arsene Wenger reveals key to managerial success was personal restraint ahead of Arsenal exit
- Arsene Wenger's final match in charge of Arsenal is at Huddersfield on Sunday
- Speaking on Thursday, Wenger revealed he has never shown his true persona
- The 68-year-old says that if he had, he would never have succeeded as manager
By Luke Augustus for MailOnline
Published: 08:13 EDT, 10 May 2018 | Updated: 12:02 EDT, 10 May 2018
Arsene Wenger says he had to curb his animalistic instincts to make it to the top of the managerial game.
The Arsenal boss will leave the club at the end of the season - bringing the curtain down on a 22-year career in north London.
Wenger's final game in charge comes on Sunday at Huddersfield and ahead of that Premier League swansong, he revealed he has never shown his true demeanour on the touchline.
Arsene Wenger says he had to control the animal inside him throughout his managerial career
The 68-year-old said that if he never did manage to do so he wouldn't have been as successful
Wenger was speaking on Thursday in what was his final Arsenal pre-game press conference
His time at the club has included winning three Premier Leagues and seven FA Cups
'I'm very passionate and I realised if I wanted to survive in this job I had to control my emotions,' he said at his final pre-game press conference on Thursday afternoon at the Gunners' London Colney training ground.
'At 33 I was in charge of a top team in France and I'm 68 now and I've never stopped.
'There's a long learning process for controlling who you really are.
'[That involves] controlling the animal that is inside you and that helps me a lot as I've been through some fantastic periods in my life and through some more difficult periods.'
Wenger will bow out as Arsenal manager on Sunday when they travel to Huddersfield
Wenger admitted it felt 'strange' to be leaving after 22 years.
He said he would take time to decide on his future and reconnect with his emotions when the season draws to a close.
'It's very strange,' Wenger said. 'You can say it's sad but if you look in an objective way for 22 years you have a privilege to manage (Arsenal). That's how I look at it.
'I will try to do my job until the last minute I work here and then think about the future. Sitting in front of you I don't think of it as my last press conference as I have the game against Huddersfield in mind.'
Wenger's press conference was busy as journalists listened to what he had to say