By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger hit the headlines for his half-time tirade at Anfield on Sunday but the Arsenal manager insists that the first love of a manager is to help players, not hammer them.
The Frenchman's team talk galvanised his players and instigated a second-half comeback against Liverpool but Wenger does not usually resort to such tactics. Indeed, Bacary Sagna recently told the Official Arsenal Magazine that he was the most 'human' manager he has worked with.
Wenger was asked about his approach to management when he faced the media at the training ground ahead of Arsenal's trip to Burnley and the 60-year-old explained why his passion for helping footballers has always driven him on.
"I believe as a manager you must first of all love to help people and try to develop players and try to help others, and then you must have a big passion for the game and be resistant to stress," said Wenger.
"If you like to help people you learn how to help them. That's the most important basis, to like to help people and to give them a chance in life. If you have that basis you try to learn how."
Football has changed a great deal in the 25 years since Wenger took his first senior role at Nancy in France. But although players are now handsomely rewarded for their talent, the Arsenal boss insists they still need plenty of guidance.
"It has always been the same," said Wenger.
"I believe that every player is under big pressure and despite the fact that they are adored and idolised and they need help. At that age people treat you like you are already a mature man but you're not. They are under a lot of pressure the players, it's a very hard job and there is a consistent pressure.
"You want to help people have the right attitude. I'm lucky because I'm working at a top-level club and at top-level clubs you have players who really want to achieve something and that's why you work just here to help them.
"I learn everyday and that's quite interesting. I learn a lot about myself as well and I learn a lot about the players and the problem is basically the same.
"Since I started this job you are facing people who want to do well in their life and your job is to help them to achieve something and that has not changed. What has changed is the alignment. There is more technology now but the basic human problems are the same."Copyright 2013 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 15 Dec 2009