Wenger: This is how I have changed as a manager

Arsene Wenger says that he has become more diplomatic in his approach as Arsenal manager has the years have passed by.

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has had to change from his authoritarian style of management to adopt a more friendly approach in modern times.

The French manager has created a legacy at the Emirates, but he admits that he has had to change with the times and has revealed today that he is now more willing to answer questions from his players. 

Wenger believes that society's craving for information has meant that footballers have become more cynical and he says that he has to explain his decisions to his squad more often now. 

“I believe that the modern generation is characterised in particular by the ‘why?’” Wenger said to Arsenal's official website. “You have to explain things to the people you manage - people are better informed, better educated and want to know more.

“You are in a position where you have to explain why you do something and what the purpose of it all is - and there are more demands made communication-wise.

“You are still the boss, and it is you who makes the decisions, but you have to explain things much better than you did 20 or 30 years ago.

“That’s why man-management has become more sensitive as well, because you have to treat people better and in a more tactful way."

Wenger has now been in charge of Arsenal for 18 years and has transformed the ideology of the club, but he is constantly adapting to his environment. 

The Frenchman has come under pressure from fans in recent times for the lack of silverware he has delivered, but he has consistently got the team into the Champions League places and when he does retire he will be remembered very fondly by supporters of the North-London side.

Although his pragmatic approach has frustrated, few can question his ability as a manger and he is likely to go down as one of the most impactful people in Arsenal history when he does step-down. 

When that will be remains to be seen, but there is a feeling that he could go on to manage back in his home country when he does leave his post at the Emirates.

Both PSG and the French national team have reportedly been interested in acquiring his services in recent times and Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of finishing his career back in his homeland. 

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