Glenn Hoddle explains how he was influenced by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle opens up on his relationship with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has revealed his role in Arsenal appointing Arsene Wenger as the manager.

Hoddle played under Wenger for four years at AS Monaco between 1987 and 1991, winning the Ligue 1 title in the 1987-88 season.

The 57-year-old went on to become the England manager, and it is during this time that Wenger was handed the Arsenal job.

Hoddle has now explained how he played a role in the Gunners’ decision and how he was influenced by the Frenchman.

"It was enthralling playing for him (Wenger), I enjoyed every single second,” Hoddle told PA, according to The Express.

“Arsene introduced so many new things to me, his training methods, the warm ups and the warm downs. In all my years at Tottenham, we had never done a warm down.

"We had vitamin injections, all legal of course, all the thinking was way ahead. The physio, Michel Franco, opened my eyes to so many things, he really was a miracle worker.

"Years later, I know Spurs fans don't like it, but when I was England manager, [Arsenal vice-chairman] David Dein asked me about Arsene, and I just said, 'go and get him. He will be successful’."

One wonders what would have happened had Wenger been appointed the Tottenham boss all those years ago…

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