In general, there are two types of managers or head coaches. One follows a philosophy no matter what the talent on the squad looks like, while the other switches their ideas to fit the side they are managing. Arsene Wenger falls in the former and it’s been the hindrance of his team.
In a Sky Sports documentary to commemorate Wenger’s 1,000 games leading the Gunners, former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein said:
“Arsene is a football, I repeat, a football purist. He’s got a lovely phrase he calls it ‘possession with progression.’ He loves to have possession. If you’re watching any game you will see at any one point the boys will have 20, 25 passes before the opposition can actually get the ball. Because he believes in control and pass, control and pass so that the opposition have to wear themselves out, their chasing the game. And that’s why invariably in most games, Arsenal have more possession than the opposition.”
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