Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he is motivated by helping players fulfil their potential
In an interview with Arsenal's official website, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger explained what keeps him motivated as he approaches his 20th anniversary at the club.
Following yet another season where the Frenchman managed to guide Arsenal into the Premier League's top-four, Wenger told arsenal.com of his desire to continue in assisting the enhancement of his player's development:
"I want to help the players achieve the best of what they can in their career. I would like to think that I am the guy today who helps the players to achieve all that they can achieve - to fulfil their potential. That's where the real respect comes from - when you feel people have fulfilled their potential."
Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere have failed to live up to their potential
Wenger's words are likely to fall on deaf ears, however, with absolutely zero evidence over the past decade of him actually helping to develop young talent. The list of promising talent that has not only failed to progress, but has actually regressed since 2006 is endless. Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers...the list goes on.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not progressed since his move to Arsenal in 2011
Gone are the days where Wenger could turn a young winger like Thierry Henry into the world's best striker. Arguably the last player Wenger actually helped improve was Emmanuel Adebayor who left Arsenal as one of Europe's most dangerous target men.
Next season will be a particularly defining one for Wenger and many of his players. The likes of Chamberlain, Walcott and Wilshere have to start delivering and repay some of the faith their manager has given them, and if they do, maybe then the Arsenal boss can talk about fulfilling players potential with conviction.
Wenger and many of his players face a career defining campaign next season