By Nick Ames
Arsène Wenger says that the experience of Arsenal’s coaching team was important in getting through some of the tougher times the Gunners have faced this season.
Defeats such as those in Milan and Sunderland inevitably led to questions being asked of both the manager and his team - but the Frenchman believes that, in these situations, rational analysis and strong decision-making are far more beneficial than knee-jerk reactions.
“Of course you question yourself, and you question what you can do about it, even more than you do when all is going well,” Wenger told this month’s Official Arsenal Magazine.
“When things are going well the players the press and the fans all have more certainty, and so it’s easier. But it’s these moments when experience helps, because it’s important not to question and change the wrong things.
"How do you know what is right and what is wrong? Well you just try to analyse the situation as well as you can. We do that as a group in the coaching team of course, and as well I go home and think about things by myself.
"Part of the job is to make decisions, and in the end somebody has to do that. You have to be decisive – it’s better to make a bad decision than no decision at all.”
The process is made far easier, says Wenger, by the high standard of the Gunners’ first-team squad.
“When you have 20 players of the quality we do, you cannot go too far wrong,” Wenger explains.
“Any player who comes into the team is good enough. It’s more about the dynamic and the belief of the team that you can have an influence over, or the tactical aspect.”
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