Two Of Arsene Wenger’s Biggest Meltdowns Revealed By A Former Arsenal Player
Ex-Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has recalled two occasions where legendary former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger "went absolutely mental."
The 70-year-old Frenchman managed Arsenal for an astonishing 22 years before leaving the Gunners in 2018.
And Wenger was known for his calm demeanour and didn't hold the same reputation as Sir Alex Ferguson did with his notorious 'hairdryer treatment.'
Aliadiere, 37, arrived at Arsenal in 1999 at the age of 16 before making his senior debut in the 2001-02 season.
The Frenchman revealed that the first time he saw Wenger lose his temper was during a match with Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2001.
Arsenal were 13 points behind United in the Premier League and needed a win to keep their title race hopes alive.
But the Gunners were plagued with injuries and went into half-time 5-1 down thanks to a Dwight Yorke hat-trick.
According to Aliadiere, Wenger was "throwing bottles across the room" and "going absolutely mental."
The former Middlesbrough man told Goal: "Arsene went absolutely mental.
"We got smashed in that first half when Igor Stepanovs was playing at the back. It was a joke. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke were absolutely killing us.
"I wasn't even in the squad, I was just there as 19th man or something. And when I saw him losing it like that I was like: 'Wow!' I'd never seen him going that crazy before.
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"He was throwing bottles across the room, they were going everywhere. He was shouting and swearing -- and Wenger never usually swore. He was just going absolutely mental.
"He wasn't doing it at anyone in particular because he didn't want to start pointing fingers, but he was just going crazy for about five minutes before he started to calm down a bit."
Aliadiere admitted that was the only time he saw Wenger lose his cool with players during or after a match.
However, he recalled another instance when the former Arsenal manager directed his fury at Sylvain Wiltord when they were at the Arsenal Training Centre.
"It was Sylvain Wiltord," Aliadiere said.
"We'd been told not to use our mobile phones in the dressing room. Arsene always said you had two choices with your phone, leave it in your car, or if you bring it into the dressing room you put it on silent and leave it in your locker.
"So one day he comes into the dressing room and starts having a meeting, chatting with all the players and then suddenly Sylvain's phone starts to ring so loud and he answered the phone as well.
"Arsene just totally lost it. He went crazy and screamed: 'Sylvain, are you taking the p**s?!' He started properly shouting at him and fined him 10 or 12 grand there and then.
"But it was at the time when there was a bit of tension with Sylvain and Wenger and Sylvain absolutely didn't care, he just carried on his conversation on the phone. It was crazy.
"Those are the only two times I really saw Arsene lose his temper.
"Normally, even when we'd had bad games, he would take time to not react in the wrong way. He always tried to give himself time to cool down and think more clearly before chatting to the players."
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