Arsene Wenger reveals unusual method to stay calm during Arsenal team talks

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Arsene Wenger has never been one to lash out at his Arsenal players, nor will he ever be.

In contrast to Sir Alex Ferguson, who became famous for his 'hairdryer treatment' at Manchester United, Wenger has always used a mild-mannered approach in the changing room.

During half-time team talks, even when his side have been on the receiving end of a thumping, the Frenchman has been described as quiet, barely saying anything during the 15-minute interval.


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However, according to Wenger, there's a very good reason why he doesn't say much.

In the build-up to his 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager, the 66-year-old met with Ian Wright, Sol Campbell and William Gallas to reflect upon his time in north London.

The topic of why he insists on being so quiet at half-time was brought up and Wenger revealed how he keeps his mouth shut to stop himself from going "completely crazy".

He said, per the club's official website: "Basically I'm a very passionate guy, and if I lose my head, I become completely crazy.

"Most of the time you're in an emotional state when you come into the dressing room. You're upset, you're angry, you have to calm down.

"You can do a lot of damage, and you have to not talk too much.

"When you talk too much nobody knows really what you're saying. So you keep two, three things [until the end]. I never was a great believer that you talk for 15 minutes at half-time.

"And sometimes I believe the players have to calm down as well, and the players have to communicate with each other as well. Because that's the best.

"No matter what the manager says, the players know better what's going on the pitch."

Wright claims he never saw Wenger lose his cool, whereas Gallas says it happened once during his four-year stay at Arsenal, against Liverpool in 2009.

"We were 1-0 down," he said, "and after his [half-time] speech we went back to the [pitch] and we won.

"All the players were shocked, but it works."

Wenger clearly doesn't like expressing his emotions too much and is of the belief that it's his job to prepare his players for difficult situations, not berate them.

"Let's not be fooled, the game belongs to the players. It's as simple as that," the Frenchman continued.

"No manager in the world can absolutely tell a player exactly at a given second what will happen to him.

"The player has to make that decision on the football pitch. And you have to put them in a position where they can make clear decisions. That's why you have great players and less great players."

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