Former Arsenal midfielder Thomas Eisfeld has explained Arsene Wenger’s approach in training to Goal.com.
Eisfeld, currently owned by Championship side Fulham, has revealed that Wenger never steps in during a session even if he spots a mistake or something he doesn’t like.
“He [Wenger] is very quiet, doesn't talk much. During training sessions he rarely corrects something,” said Eisfeld.
“Only after having finished he will talk to you, two or three sentences. And that is what you remember for a long time.”
Some Arsenal fans would have questioned why Wenger wasn’t more visible on the touchline last week, as Monaco got further ahead in the Champions League game.
He cut a frustrated figure on the bench as he watched his team falling further behind in the tie.
The comments are worrying for the simple fact that Wenger not stepping in suggests to players that what they’re doing during training sessions is correct; if he sees a weakness, Eisfeld suggests he lets it develop rather than stepping in and dealing with it straight away.
He can make points to players after sessions, but it is confusing why he seems to allow passages of play to develop in training, as Eisfeld suggests, before stepping in to correct the problems.
Regardless of Wenger’s training methods, the club remains in a good position to secure Champions League football for next season, they are still in the Champions League and play Manchester United in the FA Cup this weekend.
He has more experience than most managers could ever wish for and relies on it to deal with developing his Arsenal teams and implementing his philosophy to a variety of players.
He’s certainly not going to change now and the challenge for the players is to adapt and adhere to the advice they are given after sessions, if Wenger prefers a more withdrawn approach to training.