Date: 6th October 2007 at 2:20pm
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Arsene Wenger has spoken ahead of the home clash with Sunderland tomorrow lunch time about Roy Keane and his start to his managerial career.

Roy Keane & Arsenal have a long history within the Premiership, and not a pretty one, however AW believes Keane claimed and matured towards the end of his playing career and that in turn has stood him in stead for life as a manager.

‘For me, he looks surprisingly calm.’ Wenger said speaking to SkySports

‘At first, he was a more impulsive guy. I think what helped him a lot was he tried to deal with that in the final part of his playing career. ‘You could see he was becoming a different player, dominating the impulsive side of his character – and that helped him to start well as a manager.’

‘I’ve been impressed with what he did last year because he took over at the club in a difficult position and turned it round in an extremely convincing way.’

‘This season the challenge is different and for a young manager very tough. If he manages to keep them up he will have had a great season. I think he has the mental strength to achieve it.’