It is a well known fact that Arsene Wenger doesn’t like to give the ‘hairdryer treatment’ to his players after games, and the Frenchman has revealed just why he is so opposed to that approach, as reported by Goal.
We have been in fantastic form recently, and we have put ourselves in a terrific position to finish the season strongly. Our season has not been without blips though, and you wouldn’t blame Wenger for having the odd rant at the team.
Our performance at home against AS Monaco was particularly rant worthy, as a collectively shocking team performance essentially put us out of the Champions League before we even got to the second leg.
The boss feels ranting and raving at his under-performing stars can do more harm than good however, and prefers to remain calm following a disappointing loss – no matter how tempting it might be to lose his cool.
“I don’t like to shout at players after a game because you can do too much damage after the match. It is true that sometimes it is very tempting though,” Wenger said.
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“But sometimes I’ve gone overboard after games, so most of the time I really try to control myself because I go red in the face and think to myself: ‘The damage is big, don’t do more.
“Sometimes you can say to an individual player: ‘It’s your fault that we conceded a goal on a cross.’ But then later you look at the time and it turns out it was not his fault at all.
“Then as a manager after that you have to say to the player: ‘Sorry I was wrong’. It’s better when you say something that you are sure about it.”
It’s hard to tell whether the players would react better were they to receive the occasional tongue lashing, but Wenger’s technique certainly make him beloved by his players.
Le Prof is one of the most well respected and highly thought of managers in the world, and the idea of working under his tutelage is a huge draw for foreign players coming to Arsenal.