By Richard Clarke

Anger is just one of many half-time options for Arsène Wenger.

It has been reported that the Arsenal manager gave his side a tongue-lashing at Anfield on Sunday after they came into the dressing room at the interval trailing 1-0 to Liverpool.

It certainly seemed to work as the visitors stormed back to win 2-1. The outburst has filled the back pages since then but, according to Wenger himself, it is just one tool a coach can employ.

“Ideally a manager should have all the qualities, and always have the right response adapted to the situation,” he said.

“I have been in this job for a long, long time, I act exactly as I think I have to and that suits me. We just try to adapt to every single situation that we face.

“Most of the time, [the dressing room] is very quiet, sometimes it is more agitated.

“On Sunday I believe the players wanted to perform well from the first minute but we played a little bit with the handbrake on because we lost against Chelsea and we went into another big game thinking we cannot afford to lose it. Sometimes when you play with the handbrake that is the best way to lose it.

“What is good is that the players responded. And they did that because of their character and their quality."

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15 Dec 2009