By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger believes the work put in away from the training pitch is crucial to any player’s chance of a successful career.
Wenger has been at the vanguard of a dietary ‘revolution’ during his time in English football, introducing a specialised food regime upon his arrival in 1996.
The Frenchman’s methods were not always popular with his players – not least the removal of Mars bars from the menu - but Wenger says his ideas are merely common sense for an ambitious athlete.
“I always thought it was stupid to practice the whole weekend then destroy your game because you don't eat well, or don't sleep well, or you don't prepare well,” he told a supporters’ Q&A at Emirates Stadium.
“It happened to me when I was a player. It's not understandable that a player practices every day, wants to be a star and then eats something that is not good for his performance.
“In other sports they did that already. In preparation you have the visible part, the training, and you have the non-visible, what a player does outside of training. That makes a super athlete.
“I got that as well because I have been in the job such a long time. When I meet the players today five or 10 years after their career, most of them tell me 'I could have done better'.
“You want to give them at least the possibility to come out of their career [and think otherwise].”
Watch the full Q&A in four parts on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2015 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 13 Dec 2011