Micky Gray explains what impressed him about Arsene Wenger during Community Shield win

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Former England defender Micky Gray was impressed by Arsene Wenger's proactive thinking.

Former England international Micky Gray explained on talkSPORT during the Community Shield game between Arsenal and Chelsea where he found himself impressed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Wenger managed to end a jink against Jose Mourinho yesterday, as the Gunners secured a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Gray was impressed by the proactive way Wenger went about approaching the game, thinking abut tactics and making changes during the early stages.

“What impressed me about Wenger was the way he had players warming up five to ten minutes before half-time – you didn’t see that with Chelsea,” he told talkSPORT.

A show of impressive mentality

What Wenger showed yesterday, regardless of the lower profile nature of the match, is that he’s actively thinking about things and being proactive in terms of wanting to try and win football matches.

It would have been all too easy for him to let the game meander along, but he appeared determined to make a point against a side that Arsenal are likely to be battling against throughout the coming season.

It was also a show of impressive mentality because it was a move, which would have had ripple effects with the Arsenal squad.

It would have kept the players who started the game yesterday on their toes and determined to see out a difficult period leading into half-time.

The real challenge for Wenger is showing the same sort of effective mentality heading into the more important games for the club and matches where the pressure will be far greater.

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