Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims he was absolutely mad during his time at AS Monaco in an interview on the club’s official site.
The 65-year-old is known for his calm demeanour these days, but it wasn’t always that way. The Frenchman claims to have perfected this serene approach as it brings the best out of his players, while still holding on to his will to win.
This is in contrast to his time while at the Ligue 1 side between 1987 and 1994, where he found it difficult to contain his emotions.
He said: “I was an absolute firebomb, I was absolutely mad! You learn to express your ideas better with time, to anticipate problems better that you [used to], so you are not so surprised as when you are young.
“You take a bit more distance with what is happening. At a club like Arsenal you could not exactly behave like I behaved at the start! I have learnt to dominate my devils. I am not sure I have mellowed in my resolute attitude, but in the way I express my feelings and beliefs, certainly I have changed.”
Wenger has been criticised for his stubborn refusal to change the North London side’s playing style in the past, but this season has seen some softening in his approach. Important victories over Manchester City and Manchester united were won despite surrendering much possession to the opposition.
This change in ideals has led to a run of ten games without defeat since their Champions League loss against his former side back in February.