Arsene Wenger: Invincible has been hitting the sporting headlines in recent days and the world premiere reminded the footballing fraternity exactly how popular the Frenchman is.
A star-studded guest list joined the former Arsenal manager on the red carpet, including club legends, celebrities and high-profile figures within the industry.
Current Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was in attendance alongside the club’s technical director Edu while the likes of Ian Wright, Lee Dixon and Wenger’s former assistant Pat Rice also attended the event.
football.london has taken a look at four things we spotted from the premiere at Finsbury Park Picturehouse that you might not have seen…
Wrighty’s fast entrance
Ian Wright is arguably the most recognisable face in football punditry when it comes to the Premier League.
The former Arsenal striker has carved out a popular public persona for himself due to his natural charisma and ability to make people feel comfortable.
However, it was clear from the moment he arrived that he didn’t want the event to be about him – and whizzed past the media photographers and journalists who were hoping to ask him a question.
Wrighty’s iconic laugh could be heard in the cinema during the screening of the film on several occasions, and it was great to see him embrace his old manager during the event.
Wenger made a surprising omission when asked by football.london about the film – admitting that he hadn’t watched it yet.
The Frenchman was sat next to former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein and his wife Barbara during the screening.
He later admitted that he had watched different clips from the film, but the premiere was the first time he saw the final product.
It was undoubtedly a film to be proud of with directors Gabriel Clarke and Christian Jeanpierre deserving of high praise for producing such a polished documentary.
Perhaps one of the most heart-warming moments of the night was when Roy Hodgson approached Wenger mid-interview.
Hodgson stepped down at the end of last season after four years at Crystal Palace, bringing an end to his 40-plus year managerial career.
Both Wenger and Hodgson have always enjoyed a close friendship and that could be seen when Wenger shouted ‘Roy’ before embracing him.
A lovely moment from two of football’s most astute gentlemen.
On playing football well:
“To play football well you need to be focused and relaxed. A football player always has to optimise his decision. When everyone does that in a football team, you have a good team.”
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On whether he still loves Arsenal:
“Yes, of course. I tackle, shoot, defend and attack. My life is red and white.”
On his feelings towards the club:
“I’m grateful to Arsenal because I could do my job like I wanted to do it, of course with ups and downs. There is a real love story on my side.”
On the ‘luck’ he had with his early signings:
“The luck I had was that the first French players I brought here had an English spirit as well.”
Source by Football London