Arsene Wenger impresses with football tennis skills

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may have been far more successful as a coach than he ever was as a player, but this does not mean that the Frenchman is lacking any skill or poise with the ball at his feet.

Wenger this weekend provided an example of the talent he possesses when he took part in football tennis match on French TV, producing a number of impressive touches despite being clad in some expensive looking brogues.

The Arsenal icon played the type of one-touch stuff he instructs his players to produce although, on one occasion, showed a flagrant disregard for the rules when blocking a return from coming over the net.

This is not the first time Wenger has demonstrated his skills with the ball while on duty with French broadcasters, having taken part in a kick-about on Copacabana beach during the World Cup in Brazil.

Wenger and former France internationals Sylvain Wiltord and Christian Karembeu entertained the watching Rio de Janeiro crowds with some keepie-uppies, before the former even produced a replica of Robin van Persie’s stunning header against Spain.

But our favourite Wenger clip came during an Arsenal training session a few years ago, where the 65-year-old - inadvertently or not - produced a wonderful piece of skill, although assistant Pat Rice was far from impressed.

Wenger, meanwhile, will return to the more familiar surrounds of the Emirates Stadium dugout this weekend when Arsenal host Manchester United Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off.

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