By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal's style of play is a motivational tool for his players.
Older fans will remember a time when their team was mockingly tagged 'Boring Arsenal' for their rugged, methodical approach to the game, but the current manager has transformed that perception in the 14 years since he took over.
Wenger's Arsenal are a byword for style, grace and flair and, at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday night, the Frenchman was asked whether he thinks that gives his players a lift.
"Exactly, of course," he replied.
"There is always dialogue between the team and the fans and the public and if you have pleasure you give pleasure. If you are bored you give boredom. Unfortunately you do not always [achieve what you want]. We are human beings and you do not always come up with it but you have to try to give."
Wenger's football philosophy emanated from his own playing days with Strasbourg in France and he still believes an attractive style of play is attractive to players.
"First of all I was a player who liked to play," he reflected.
"I feel the best way to develop a player is to think what brings him to the game. What gets you then to improve is that you feel a pleasure to play when you are on a football pitch.
"I always felt that was the most important part to the development of the player and of the team - go out and enjoy it [on the pitch]. They feel that they are improving as players so you try to elaborate the philosophy of the game that responds to these criteria."Copyright 2017 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