Arsenal hire Sebastien Foucan to work with first-team squad

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decided to try something different in a bid to get the best from his first-team squad earlier this week, with motivational speaker Sebastien Foucan spending some time with the Gunners at their London Colney training base.

Foucan has an extensive background in the field, alongside a career as a leading freerunner that sees him widely credited as one of Parkour's founding fathers.

The Frenchman will perhaps be best known for his part in the iconic opening scene in Casino Royale, chased by Daniel Craig through a sprawling construction site in Madagascar. Foucan's portfolio now includes sharing his philosophy with sports stars or companies, which is what brought him to North London on Tuesday afternoon.

Thinking outside the box

It was Foucan himself who shared the news of his session with the entire Arsenal squad, posting an image on Twitter with featured everyone from Mesut Ozil to forgotten man Abou Diaby.

Wenger will hope the unorthodox approach has an inspiring effect on his talented group, who are still fighting on three fronts heading into the business end of the campaign.

Bellerin takes message on board?

Arsenal fans hoping to gain an insight into exactly what Foucan brings to the table may be interested to see Hector Bellerin's latest post on Twitter.

The Spanish starlet shared a motivational quote that Coach Carter would be proud of just a few hours after hearing Foucan's words of wisdom, which presumably didn't include anecdotes from a shortlived reality stint on Dancing On Ice.

Motivational speakers are nothing new to Premier League side, with Dr. Steve Peters perhaps the most famous recent example.

Peters and his 'Inner Chimp' philosophy has been called upon by both Liverpool and England over the last 12 months, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers in particular an admirer of the psychiatrist's work.

Foucan is from a different branch of the same tree, but if his positive thinking can play any small part in getting Arsenal's starts to focus on the task in-hand between now and May it has to be considered worthwhile.

What do you make of this Arsenal fans, too off the wall or an example of Arsenal and principally Arsene Wenger moving with the times? Have your say in the comment box below.

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