Arsène Wenger played his part in the London Olympics - as an advisor to the French relay teams.

Like so many others the Arsenal manager was captivated by the 2012 Games, which finished last Sunday. But Wenger wasn't just an interested spectator as the 'Greatest Show on Earth' unfolded at the Olympic Stadium and around the country.

"I was asked to speak to the French relay teams," revealed Wenger in his programme notes ahead of the Sunderland game.

"In the track and field they had six runners and only four could run. So they are not used to that. They are not used to being a team. And the coach as well, it is a little bit problematic for the team and the players who are left out.

"They prepare for four years but in the relay team there are six and on the night before, two are out. In football the two who are out have the chance to play the next weekend but [for the athletes] it might be forever.

"It is the selection issue and what it means to be a team in a situation like that. It can change someone's life to be in the relay team or not. Actually I found it not right that if a relay team wins, only four get the medal, because six prepare. It is like in football when the substitutes did not get a medal if their team wins. That should be changed."

When he wasn't helping the French athletes, the Arsenal manager was digesting as much of the Olympics as possible. And he admits it was impossible not to be inspired.

"I loved the Olympics because first of all you can put your television on all day and something happens at the top level," he said. "You see a lot of sports where you don't follow usually - the archery I followed sometimes.

"The emotional level is very high because it happens every four years only. It is emotionally massively intense. What I think is fantastic as well is that first of all you congratulate England because I think they have done remarkably well as hosts. They made it look easy and there was no incidents, which was absolutely fantastic.

"The buzz in the Olympic Village was absolutely unbelievable. You see the real values of sport and how much people can push themselves. When they manage to win after that is is absolutely fantastic to see. The intensity and effort they put in is something to be inspired by."

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18 Aug 2012