Arsène Wenger is a pub philosopher

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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has revealed the secret of his managerial success - growing up in a pub!

The Frenchman's parents Alphonse and Louise ran a little bistro called La Croix d’Or in the village of ­Duttlenheim outside Strasbourg.

And the young Arsène would spend hours in the bistro surveying the constantly-changing scenes around him, learning about all types and what made them tick.

Speaking at the League Managers Association's Annual Management Conference at the Emirates, Wenger said: "There is no better psychological education than growing up in a pub!

"When you are five or six in that environment, like I was, you try to understand why people can make such cruel statements, talking to each other and saying 'you’re a liar'.

"And from an early age you get a practical psychological education into the minds of people. It is not often that a boy of five or six is always living with adults. But in a little village that happens.

"I even learned about tactics and selection from the people talking about it in the pub - who plays on the left wing and who should be in the team."

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