Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has revealed one of Arsene Wenger’s more unusual habits.
According to the retired France international, who played for the Gunners between 1997 and 2000, Wenger feels the need to walk barefoot on grass when he gets angry.
While this might sound far-fetched - and dare we say even a little Alan Partridge-esque - Petit claims it’s absolutely true in an interview with respected French publication France Football, and brought to our attention by BeIN Sports commentator Matt Spiro.
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Petit's Wenger revelation
'When he's fuming and needs to think, he walks barefoot on grass,” Petit revealed. “He needs to be in touch with elements. Like in [The] Matrix'.
Petit also revealed that Wenger had some unusual advice for him when he first joined the club in the mid-1990s - the type of advice he wouldn’t dream of dispensing to his younger players these days.
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Wenger urged Petit to have a few drinks
Wenger is understood to have told Petit to “live life like a young man, go out, have a few drinks”. The World Cup winner, perhaps unsurprisingly, claims this inspired him.
Petit was a key player for Arsenal
Petit was an important player for the Gunners. He played an instrumental role in the Premier League win of 1997-98 - a team some believe was on a par or if not even better than the Invincibles side of 2003-04 - while he also won the FA Cup in the same season.
He left Highbury for Barcelona in 2000, but only spent one season at the Camp Nou before returning to England, joining Chelsea in a series of moves repeated by Cesc Fabregas years later.
Petit's advice for Wenger
Petit also had some advice for Wenger, whose side face AS Monaco in their Champions League last-16 second leg tie, and also had a cheeky pop at the veteran French coach.
The 44-year-old added: “If I had one piece of advice for Arsene Wenger, I’d tell him what he told me: 'go out, enjoy friends, family. Get some sun too.' He's so white!"
Arsenal can qualify this evening
Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 19 years - and, at the age of 65, is approaching the end of his managerial career.
Arsenal fans appear to be split over whether or not the 65-year-old is still the right man for the Gunners, but regardless of what he does or doesn’t achieve between now and the day he leaves, Wenger will depart the Emirates Stadium with his legacy as arguably the club’s greatest ever manager firmly in tact.
Tonight is a huge game for Wenger. His side were embarrassed by Monaco in north London last month, and every player on the pitch that night will be desperate to make amends.
Arsenal must score three goals to qualify - and prevent Monaco scoring - and while it may look like an insurmountable task, Wenger’s men are more than capable of getting the job done at Stade Louis II.
Arsenal fans: will the Gunners reach the Champions League quarter-finals this evening? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!