Arsene Wenger is not the passive, mild-mannered manager he is often portrayed as, according to Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, with the
Walcott added that Wenger’s rage manifests itself in a different way to that of other managers but the affect is no less telling. He said: “He lets us know [if we haven’t performed well] the following day, that’s for sure. There have been a couple of those this year.
“People think he doesn’t let loose, but he can – just in quite a calm way. We all understand how much it means to him, as well as to us, and how much belief he has in us. That should be enough to spur us on to do it for him.”
Walcott went on to say that the Gunners’ lack of consistency this season is what has raised Wenger’s ire most of all, with the manager responding by laying in to his players. Walcott feels it was exactly what the squad needed, as recent results have shown.
“We just haven’t been at that consistent level to do it at times. We did need a little kick up the backside to get us back on track,” Walcott said. “But, lately, I think we’ve worked harder as a unit, kept more clean sheets – everyone is in their positions and there’s more communication.”
Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League, unbeaten since losing to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in early March. Wenger’s side lead Chelsea by a point, with Spurs a further point adrift, but have played a game more than both sides, who play each other in May.
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