Arsene Wenger is reportedly toughening up in the Arsenal dressing room as he looks for the Gunners to back up their FA Cup success from last season.
Goal.com claims that the Frenchman is becoming tougher and less forgiving around his first team stars, as he looks to make them more accountable for individual errors both on and off the pitch.
“Wenger rounded on the trio for what he claimed were avoidable individual mistakes in the build-up to the penalty won and then converted by Hazard. He pointed the finger at Sanchez and Gibbs for losing possession and Cazorla for failing to bring down Hazard outside the box,” reports Goal.
“It reflected a subtle, but crucial, change to Wenger's dealings with his players in the last two seasons. He has become even more ruthless, even less forgiving.”
This claim certainly shouldn’t be viewed as something negative and may even be welcomed by some supporters who have suggested the current side has needed toughening up and stronger leadership over the last few seasons.
Arsenal are well placed to progress on all fronts this season and multiple pieces of silverware are realistic.
The Gunners are in eighth place on ten points in the league and have a long season to close the gap on Chelsea as Wenger goes looking for a first league title with the side since the mid-2000s.
Arsenal also responded well to an opening defeat in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund with an impressive performance against Galatasaray, which seemingly shows that the tougher and less forgiving nature of the manager is already at work.
A firm hand from the manager will always be viewed as a risk because of the fragile egos that many top professional players possess. However, if it helps Arsenal to more silverware after the FA Cup success of last season, very few will complain.
Wenger is one of the few managers in global football who enjoys complete control over his first team and it seems enough is enough in relation to avoidable errors.
His recent quotes revealed as much, with him saying in a new book about him - an extract of which was published in the Guardian: "You cannot be a friend. You have to make tough decisions. When you play in a cup final and you have to leave players out, if you are a friend, you cannot do it."