The Arsenal manager has given an insight into some of his training tactics ahead of big games and revealed why he still insists on taking every coaching session.

Speaking the Arsenal magazine, Arsene Wenger said, “The eneral plan is to play in training like you do in the game, or even harder.”

He explained that his aim is to emulate the pressure the players experience in their big games. He thinks the best way to prepare them for this is to train hard. However, he was also quick to point out that not every training session is as intense. He continued, “but some days you have to ease off completely and not have the intensity because you need to recover after games.”

The boss also described how this method of training allows him to pick his team properly for match day and how this is one of the reasons he still takes every coaching session himself. He said,

“Even the day before a game you can think to yourself, ‘That intensity is absolutely amazing, the players are ready to go out tomorrow and perform at that level’. The team always gives you a vibe in training, like a weather forecast. Sometimes you think, ‘Yes, that’s right, they are there’. Or other times you think, ‘Nope, they have switched off, they’ll have to work on their concentration otherwise they will have a disillusion on Saturday’.”

He added how the mentality of one or two players can bring the whole team down. He has to spot the problem ahead of time and act accordingly to maintain the right balance within the team.

“It’s never set though, you always have to adjust it a little bit because every day you face a different problem. Sometimes its physical, sometimes it’s the concentration levels, sometimes it’s the harmony within the side. Sometimes it could be one or two players who are disillusioned. These can all pull the energy levels down so you always have to correct and adjust things to get it right for the next game.”

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