Former Arsenal player comments on Wenger's role in team meetings

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has given an insight into how Arsene Wenger handles his players after a defeat in an important game.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 22 at 10.50am, that manager Arsene Wenger is very meticulous after the Gunners have suffered a defeat in an important game.

In recent weeks, Arsenal have seen their challenge on three fronts fall by the wayside, and it seems unlikely that the North London outfit will gain any silverware at the end of the season.

Setbacks against Watford in the FA Cup and Barcelona in the Champions League leaves Arsenal to focus on their remaining Premier League fixtures, but even a 2-0 victory away at Everton at the weekend still left them 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City, although they do possess a game in hand.

It was reported earlier this month that team meetings have taken place at the club and Parlour - who played under Wenger for almost a decade before moving to Middlesbrough in 2004 - has backed up those suggestions by revealing that is what the Frenchman liked to do during his time at Arsenal.


Parlour said: "We used to have lots of meetings before games to look at where we are and I am sure there were lots of meetings after some of the recent performances after United away from home and Watford in the FA Cup.

"He isn't one of those characters who shows his emotions after a game. He likes to go home, watch the video two of three times and see exactly what he thinks about what went wrong.

"On the next day, we would have a big meeting and get feedback off the players. He's a very experienced manager, he has won titles before. He will have tried to calm down his players, be positive.

"He would pull people up in meetings and in a one-to-one situation, which is very important as well. He would show you scenarios in the game that he didn't think you did well. He would get a clip of the tape and ask you what were you thinking there? He would want your feedback so he was very good in that situation."

Arsenal are next in action when they play host to Watford on April 2.

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