Jack Wilshere has told Four Four Two magazine the differences between his Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the coach of the England national team Roy Hodgson.
“At half-time Roy likes to shout more, trying to motivate us, which I like. The rest of the time he’s pretty relaxed, so it’s a nice mix.”
It may have been a throwaway comment comparing one manager’s dressing room style with another, but it could speak volumes about exactly why Arsenal have failed to win a trophy for so long.
That could change with the FA Cup final against Hull City just around the corner, and yet it was the fact that Wilshere said he liked to be yelled at, to be motivated, that hints that the more professorial way of Wenger may have played its part in the Gunners’ barren years.
Different players react in different ways to a bout of vocal motivation. But considering how Arsenal fell away in the second half of the season, just as they have in some previous campaigns, surely a good ear-bashing would not have gone amiss.
Of course we do not know what happens when the dressing room door closes at the Emirates; but Wilshere’s suggestion that Hodgson and Wenger are very different coaches – with their motivational tactics highlighted by the 22-year-old – could point to one of the reasons why it has been so long since Arsenal last lifted a trophy aloft.