God Save the Queen, says Wenger as he reveals the English anthem is his favourite
13:40 GMT, 16 January 2013
14:05 GMT, 16 January 2013
Arsene Wenger has revealed his love for the English national anthem as he paid tribute to the country where he has managed for the last 16 years.
The 63-year-old Frenchman has helped mould the modern English game since he took over at Arsenal in 1996 and he admitted the country has had an effect on him too.
At the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations today, Wenger said: 'I feel grateful because football was love affair of my life. England created football. I’ll always have massive respect for that.
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'Without this country, I would not have known football. So the anniversary is a good opportunity to thank England as sometimes the world forgets that.
Since arriving at Arsenal, Wenger has won three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups, including doubles in both the 1997-98 and 2001-02 seasons.
His 'Invicibles' team, which went unbeaten in the 2003-04 campaign, epitomised the football which has led to millions of fans around the globe following the Premier League.
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'There’s a real passion here for the game but as well, I believe the whole world benefits from this sport,' he said.
'When I travel to World Cups and Euros, I say always, “Let’s be on time, I don’t want to miss the national anthem of England”.
'That’s where you feel the passion of the game. No matter where it is, there are more English people than anybody else. That’s fantastic.'
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