Arsene Wenger.

Ian Wright openly shames two ex-Arsenal stars who took advantage of Wenger

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Ian Wright's autobiography is currently being serialised in The Sun and, as you might expect considering his outspoken nature, the former Arsenal and England striker has plenty to say.

In the latest extract from 'Ian Wright: A Life In Football' the 52-year-old footballer-turned-pundit has leapt to the defence of his former manager Arsene Wenger.

Although he admits the Frenchman could be something of a soft touch at times, he has openly named and shamed two former Gunners in particular who took advantage of their boss' good nature.

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"The big problem with taking Arsene’s approach is that it isn’t difficult to take advantage of," Wright wrote.

"It’s almost like having a parent you think is a bit soft and you know if you cry hard enough you’ll get a sweet.

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"Players that are strong characters have taken his kindness for weakness. In my view, players like Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas have taken liberties."

Adebayor and Gallas both joined the club in 2006, with Adebayor leaving in 2009 and Gallas the following year. And neither player is exactly known as the ultimate professional.

Arsenal's French defender William Gallas

The French defender, for instance, reportedly claimed he would score an own goal in order to force a move away from Chelsea.

Adebayor, meanwhile, has a long rap sheet of unprofessional behaviour during his tumultuous career and is already public enemy number one at the Emirates after his exaggerated celebration for Manchester City a few years ago.

Exactly what both players did to take advantage of Wenger isn't clear in Wright's autobiography, but the Gunners legend wasn't finished slamming his fellow striker.

"When Adebayor arrived at Arsenal, he had everything.

"He came in just as Thierry Henry was getting ready to leave. It looked like the perfect transition.

"Then all of a sudden he wanted the same money as Thierry. For him to go off like he did and start flirting with Barcelona and Inter Milan was completely out of order.

"It was like holding the club to blackmail and it destroyed any relationship he had with the fans."

Management style

Arsenal fans have often wanted to see a more vocal and emotional Wenger, but he has always favoured the more laid-back man-management style.


It has worked to good effect with plenty of players who've come through the door at Highbury or the Emirates. Clearly, though, it has also seen at least a couple of big name players take advantage of the trust Wenger had in them.

Gooners will be hoping that the veteran manager is able to keep his current squad under control this season.

After an inconsistent start to domestic and European campaigns, the last thing Wenger can afford is to be made to look a fool by one of his players.

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