By Richard Clarke
While Arsène Wenger was reportedly angry with his side at half-time against Liverpool on Sunday, the manager showed his pleasure when he saw them again at full time.
In a post-match interview Cesc Fabregas said that the Frenchman had vented his anger at the break after his side had conceded a Dirk Kuyt goal four minutes before the whistle. However, according to Theo Walcott, Wenger applauded them once they got back to the dressing room at full time.
"None of us were happy with the first half," said the England international. "We were 1-0 down and hadn't played well. We like to keep things in the dressing room to ourselves but the boss just showed his passion for the game and that he has belief in us.
"It woke us up and that's what you have got to do as a manager. It worked.
"So coming in at the end of the game and getting a round of applause from the boss showed that we listened to him. All the players were bubbling as you would with a 2-1 win at Anfield. It was great to see.
"The boss is always happy every time we win a game and these big games are the most important ones in the season.
"Now we have got to build on this and look forward to Wednesday at Burnley."
Walcott was talking exclusively to Arsenal TV Online at Anfield. Subscirbers can now watch the interview in full. In it, the 20-year-old discussed:
a "fantastic result"
- capitalising on the weekend's other results
- Arsène Wenger's halt-time team talk...
- ...and what he said after the game
- Andrey Arshavin's goal
- the Premier League title race
- the trip to Burnley on Wednesday
- Arsenal's festive fixture list