Date: 24th December 2009 at 8:27pm
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The idea that Wenger is stubborn and his views on the team it`s players or tactics go unchallenged was rebutted to some extent in Arsene`s response to a question as to his relationship with his assistant manager.

It`s a popular opinion in the blogosphere that Wenger is omnipotent and suffers from the failure of effective questioning of his methods and ideas but it seems he doesn`t feel he lacks this input. Explaining that he works together with both Pat Rice and Boro Primorac as a team he was keen to make it clear that there is nothing that could go unsaid between the three of them.

“We are all very different people that`s why it works. First of all we don`t hide to give out our feelings about anything. In the end I make the decisions but they are not scared to speak out and say – listen. When I ask them what do they think about this or that they give me their opinion. They are not frightened of doing that and we respect each other highly and that`s why it works”

Agreeing that it is pointless to have yes-men advising him the manager asserted “That`s very bad because we could be quickly isolated in thinking your own opinion is always right. They have enough experience and they have enough knowledge as well to give their own opinion”

Pat Rice is an Arsenal man through and through steeped in the tradition and history of the club while Boro Primorac as first team coach is a man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the international game and its players. Both have been with Wenger for a long time now. It is possible that they know each other well enough now not to surprise each other with their opinions but on the other hand at least little time is wasted pulling in entirely different directions.

Stuart Pearce when managing Nottingham Forest as a caretaker once revealed that he put his team together with the help of his wife – only to find that the attractive formation they devised needed 12 players on the pitch. There has been no such danger of that happening going by the answer Arsene gave to a question as to what influence his wife has in his role as Arsenal manager:

“My wife is an Arsenal supporter of course because she wants me to be happy and the home to be happy especially. She knows she`s the first to suffer when things don`t go well. But does she speak to me about the players or the next team we play? – Never!”

Merry Christmas one and all!



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