Ray Parlour lifts lid on when Arsene Wenger ‘lost it’ with Arsenal
Ray Parlour reveals how Arsene Wenger 'lost it' at half-time during Arsenal's defeat by Manchester United in 2001
Ray Parlour has revealed how Arsene Wenger “lost it” at half-time during the infamous 6-1 defeat by Manchester United in February 2001.
The Gunners found themselves trailing 5-1 at the break at Old Trafford – and the former Arsenal midfielder has lifted the lid on how the Frenchman reacted angrily to his side’s first-half performance.
“Arsene Wenger was quite a quiet man in the dressing room, completely different to a character like George Graham,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“He would tell the players to recover and reflect on the first-half performance, and five minutes before we were going out for the second-half he would say what we had to do better, simple as that.
“There was only really one time he lost it, and he really had a go, when we were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford. We were 5-1 down at half-time.
“At the time, Arsene and Ferguson were having a bit of mind games in the press and it was a really poor first-half performance from us, it could have been seven or eight – Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were absolutely flying.
“That’s the only time he ever really lost it with us, most of the time he’s a calm character.
“I heard he had a bit of a go at the team after the Anderlecht game last week [where the Gunners threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at the Emirates], he wasn’t too happy with that performance defending-wise.”