William Gallas says Arsenal stars were shocked after rare Arsene Wenger rage

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Arsene Wenger's relaxed and calm persona must have played a massive factor behind his longevity at Arsenal.

There have been some pretty dark times during the Frenchman's 20-year tenure in north London but, regardless of the situation, Wenger has always tried to find the positive.

It also explains why he has had a good relationship with most of his players, although that has also been used as a criticism against the 66-year-old.

To make someone with Wenger's personality angry you would guess it would require something pretty extraordinary to provoke a reaction.

And ex-Gunners captain William Gallas has revealed the only time he saw the Arsenal boss erupt into a vicious rage towards his players.

Gallas, who spent four years at the Emirates between 2006-10 before joining rivals Tottenham, was given the unique privilege of discussing Wenger's reign with the man himself alongside Ian Wright and Sol Campbell for Arsenal Player.

During the conversation, the topic turned to Wenger's personality, upon which Gallas explained the only time he saw the manager lose his rag.

"I’ve seen it (Wenger angry). It was in 2009, when we played against Liverpool." Gallas said, as per Metro.

"He was shouting at us and we were 1-0 down. After his speech, we went back to the ground and we won.

"Everybody at the time was shocked, but it worked!"

One of Wenger's toughest rivals, Sir Alex Ferguson, used to revert to 'the hairdryer treatment' on a regular basis when times got tough for Manchester United.

And given how effective Wenger's version of it was in 2009, you've got to wonder why he hasn't used that method more frequently.

Of course, shouting abuse at players can lose its effectiveness if utilised too often but surely there have been times where an aggressive half-time team talk could have inspired his team to pick up a key result and who knows? Maybe even the title.

Arsenal's last Premier League triumph came back in 2004 and despite qualifying for the Champions League in every year since, Wenger's lack of ambition domestically has prompted many supporters to lose faith.

A strong start to the current campaign has brought a fresh optimism to the Emirates this season, nevertheless, Arsenal fans know by now not to get too excited until after January and February next year - when the club traditionally fall away in the title race.

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