Outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been on the receiving end of a deluge of compliments of late but the French tactician has returned the favour by, somewhat surprisingly, speaking fondly of a country he has never visited-India.
“I must say, personally, it is one of the things in my life I miss. I am fascinated by India, I don’t really know why,” Wenger told Arsenal Media.
“I have never been to India and I have always asked Arsenal to organise a tour to India a few times, but despite being close a few times, it never happened.”
Arsenal, one of the clubs to have dominated the Premier League during the 90s and the early 2000s, have a large fan base in the Indian subcontinent and Wenger’s revelations will send undoubtedly send them into a frenzy.
“They can be sure I will visit India.”
“I would say it is a county with a special culture,” Wenger responded when asked what it was that draws him to the Asian nation.
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“When I was a kid I learnt about (Mahatma) Gandhi, being a kind of a special resistance, a non-violent hesitance and I was certainly impressed by that.”
After 22 eventful seasons, Wenger takes charge of his final Arsenal game when the Gunners visit Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
“They gave examples of creative ways to think and to act plus I think it is a special society with a completely different philosophy compared to other countries.”
“And on the top end, when you look at the modern developments they are booming, you know. It’s these contradictions I don’t understand and would like to know better,” Wenger added.
The 68-year-old has revealed he has received many offers to remain in management but admitted he is yet to decide whether he will take up any of them.