Danny Murphy reveals what ex-Arsenal defender said about Arsene Wenger
Danny Murphy lifts the lid on his conversation with Mikael Silvestre about Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Danny Murphy has suggested that Arsene Wenger needs to be more angry with his Arsenal players after disappointing performances.
The Gunners have endured a stuttering December so far after back-to-back defeats before Christmas Day raised questions about Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge.
The north London side lost 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park earlier this month despite Alexis Sanchez breaking the deadlock with a free-kick in the first half on Merseyside.
Arsenal failed to bounce back at the Etihad Stadium after the Gunners lost 2-1 to title rivals Manchester City in their final game before Christmas Day in spite of Theo Walcott giving the visitors a fifth-minute lead.
The Gunners have lost ground on the Premier League leaders Chelsea as Wenger looks to win his first top-flight crown since 2003-04.
Discussing what Mikael Silvestre told Murphy about Wenger’s post-match reactions in the dressing room after a poor defeat, the ex-Tottenham midfielder suggested that the Arsenal manager needs to show more emotion to get a reaction from his players.
“If you are scared of how a manager will react to a defeat, it can improve your performance. I wonder if Arsene Wenger is getting as angry as he might do when Arsenal play badly,” Murphy told Evening Standard.
“I spoke to Mikael Silvestre, who played under Wenger, on a radio programme. He said that even after a poor game, Wenger would not dig players out or get after them.
“Though I did not play for either manager, I would suggest Wenger’s anger is nothing like what Sir Alex Ferguson’s was. It wasn’t just Sir Alex, either. During my time at Liverpool, Gerard Houllier didn’t get angry very often — but when he did, you knew about it. It was the same with Roy Hodgson at Fulham.”