By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists he is not confrontational but admits that he cannot remain placid in the heat of the title battle.
The Arsenal manager was at his most animated on the touchline as his team played out a 3-3 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday. A few days earlier he walked onto the pitch to remonstrate with officials at the end of the 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
It was put to Wenger at his pre-match press conference that he had become increasingly agitated in recent weeks.
"I cannot as well sit there and be placid like I am on dope!" he replied.
"I care about the game and I'm motivated to win the game and agitated, yes. But it is one thing to be agitated and in control of your decisions and be lucid, or be completely out of control.
"I am not out of control. I am agitated because I want my team to win the game. Of course I am and I am ready to fight, believe me.
"I must say though that in the last games I had no confrontations with the other managers," added Wenger.
"I would like you to see that if the other managers had confrontations with me it is not my problem. But I had no confrontation with any manager."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source