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Thanks, Arsene!

Posted on 8 April 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Like it or not, we have a lot to thank Arsene Wenger for as Glenn Hoddle prepares for his first game in charge of Spurs.<P class=MsoNormal>For it was the current Arsenal boss who first saw a manager&rsquo&#59;s characteristics in the great midfielder when the pair were coach and player at Monaco.<P class=MsoNormal>The pair now clash at Old Trafford in the FA Cup semi-final and Glenn revealed: &ldquo&#59;There were two major factors in it. Arsene saw something in me that I hadn&rsquo&#59;t seen myself when I was playing.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He saw that I thought about the game. I was an extension of his thoughts on the pitch.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;He said he felt I would go into coaching and do well. I didn&rsquo&#59;t see it at the time.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But I got injured, was out for a year and looked at the game with another set of eyes. &ldquo&#59;The injury was the second factor. Suddenly I was looking at a game with a coach&rsquo&#59;s eyes. That all fell into place when I came back to Swindon.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Glenn says he was always have respect for Wenger.<P class=MsoNormal>He added: &ldquo&#59;I will always be a friend of his and always have respect for him.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Sometimes you just gel with someone. He was my coach and I was a player.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We had discussions and spoke about how we would play at Monaco and all sorts of things outside football. It was a connection of two minds that gelled.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Our trouble is that we&rsquo&#59;ve never had enough time to meet socially. It might be more difficult with Spurs and Arsenal! I&rsquo&#59;ve utmost respect for him.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>