Arsène Wenger: Humility is to understand that you start again at zero

• Arsenal manager warns against complacency after seven straight wins
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It is the nature of the beast that Arsène Wenger would sooner have a football match on any day other than his birthday. “What a nightmare,” he said, smiling wryly, when reminded of the occasion coinciding with Arsenal’s game against Middlesbrough. “I forgot about that.”

Although the passing years do not impact on how he feels about his job – far from it – he is aware that his status as the Premier League’s oldest manager, turning 67 on Saturday, can have a detrimental effect on how others regard his capacity.

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