Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger explains why he ‘always felt a bit guilty’ during his coaching career

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger attributes his success as a coach to feeling “guilty” about his Catholic upbringing.

The 71-year-old grew up in Duttlenheim, France with religious parents Alphonse and Louise.

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Wenger has not managed a club since leaving Arsenal in May 2018

And it seems his Catholic faith had a positive influence on Wenger, who won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups over a 22-year stint at Arsenal.

In an interview with Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he said: “I think the shock to me was that you are never completely happy because you never do well enough.

“Religion always makes you feel a bit guilty because the Catholic religion is like that.

“We had to confess every week and sometimes I also learned to lie because I didn’t always remember what I did wrong.

“You came out fresh, you always felt, ‘Okay, now I’ve confessed it. God forgive me, I can start my life over. ‘

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Wenger’s family owned a bistro called La Croix d’Or in Strasbourg, where the Frenchman used to work.

He added: “I would not recommend that anyone open a bistro and have children. At that time there was no family life.

“The bistro was open every day of the year. It was closed for just one day, from four in the afternoon to midnight.

“That was on Christmas Day because the town was dominated by religion. So it wasn’t a vacation. “

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