Former Gunner Thomas Eisfeld claims Arsene Wenger was a taciturn figure during training, and rarely spoke unless he had to, according to Goal.
The German youngster left Arsenal last summer to join Championship side Fulham, but failed to impress at the west London club. He has been shipped off to Bundesliga side Bochum, where he will remain on loan until the end of the season.
He was highly rated at Arsenal, but never quite made the grade. He showed glimpses of quality when given a chance, but with the host of highly talented competition ahead of him he was always likely to struggle.
The 22-year-old has since opened up on Wenger’s training style, and claims the Frenchman only really gets vocal if you play a long ball.
“Arsenal stands for a certain kind of football. Arsene Wenger has formed the club, he emphasises the beauty of the game,” he said.
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“If you play a long ball in training you would get some words – even from the other players. He [Wenger] is very quiet, doesn’t talk much. During training sessions he rarely corrects something.
“Only after having finished he will talk to you, two or three sentences. And that is what you remember for a long time. In general, he is a person everybody respects, absolutely.”
Eisfeld doesn’t regret moving to Arsenal, and claims despite failing to break into the first team at the Emirates he would do things the same way if given the chance again.
“If you get an offer from Arsenal you don’t decline it as a young player,” he continued.
“The club is a world club, regularly playing in the Champions League.
“I would sign right away [if given the chance]. You learn so much. The level at training is crazy high. There are several players who are internationals competing for the positions. There’s so much to learn for a young player.”
It’s a shame that he hasn’t quite managed to realise his massive potential just yet, but he is still young and could yet become a top quality player.