The Sports Economist links today to a Guardian story on Arsenal’s incredible Premier League season. The team managed to go unbeaten through the League (that’s all ties and wins for you non-footie fans) which is a feat last accomplished in the late 1880’s. Modern sports training is pushing the age at which a player is competitive higher. The article discusses how Arsene Wegner, Arsenal’s manager, motivated his millionaire squad to live up to the standards of being a professional footballer.
So successful has Wenger been that Arsenal cannot bear the thought of losing him. They recognise the allure of Real Madrid, even though Wenger has shown no sign of responding to Spanish overtures, and when he tires of coaching they hope to persuade him to stay on in a supervisory role to continue guiding the club.