ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has not consumed solid food for over 45 years.
Wenger gave up eating after becoming engrossed in footballing philosophy and the need for his team to win as philosophically as possible.
Former assistant manager Pat Rice said that despite the club’s catering budget, Wenger preferred to bring in his own sandwiches, which he ended up stuffing down the sides of sofa in his office.
Rice said: “He’s always felt that food slowed down thinking, slowed down players.
“For the first few years of his managerial career he closed down the player’s canteen and initially it worked well, as Arsenal won several titles and cups. By 2006 the ban began to take its toll and the trophies dried up.”
Several high profile players left the club after asking to be transferred to teams where they were allowed food.
A club source said: “We supply Arsene with liquidised carrots through his nostrils while he sleeps. But he must never know this, otherwise his entire philosophy would be ruined.”