Arsene Wenger chose to leave his calm manner at home on Wednesday, instead bringing his lesser-known traits, fury and anger, to Arsenal's London Colney training ground.
It was the morning after a disastrous home defeat at the hands of Olympiakos–their second such shock in two Champions League games, leaving them rock bottom of Group F–and Wenger's famously pragmatic approach went out of the window as a result.
The Frenchman accused his Arsenal players of lacking passion and desire during Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to the Greek champions and questioned their work-rate, intensity and attitude, according to the Daily Mail.
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Wenger rarely raises his voice, regardless of the situation at hand, but could not hide his frustration as they debriefed what had happened at the Emirates the night before. Arsenal went behind on three separate occasions with the third goal coming just 60-seconds after Alexis Sanchez had made it 2-2.
Arsenal have never failed to get out of the opening group stage under Wenger, but, realistically, must get four points from their next two ties to stand a chance of qualifying for the second round. Both of those games are against the high-flying tournament favourites Bayern Munich.
They also face a crucial Premier League clash against Manchester United this Sunday. The Red Devils currently lead the table and a fourth defeat in six games would put a significant dent in Arsenal's title hopes, not to mention placing even more pressure on Wenger's shoulders.
Understandably, Wenger refused to blame individuals for their failure to beat Olympiakos, but the nature of his response still surprised a number of Arsenal players.
The debrief is usually an open session for players to vent their opinion in an open and calm manner, but the Frenchman used it as an opportunity to make his unhappiness with their efforts clear.
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