By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says that footballers can learn the art of dedication from top professionals like Thierry Henry.
The Arsenal legend has been linked with another loan move to his former club in January and Wenger fielded a number of questions about arguably his finest signing when he faced the media ahead of the Montpellier game.
The Frenchman's admiration for his compatriot is well-documented and he thinks the likes of Henry can be role models for other sportsman - including Arsenal's players.
"I saw last night Jonny Wilkinson, for example, on Canal+ in France," said Wenger. "When you see the dedication... he's not an extrovert, but when you see the dedication the top, top players show in their sport, that’s what you want - multiplied by 25.
"I think I don’t need to say that to my players because they are [dedicated]. On that front, this season, the players are fantastic."
Wenger is happy with his players' spirit but he is aware of how quickly confidence levels can rise and fall in the modern game. Saturday's north London derby has put a spring in the step of Arsenal players and fans alike but belief had dropped after defeats to Norwich, Schalke and Manchester United.
"Yes [it worries me]," said Wenger. "Look, today we live in a world that is completely emotional. You have one defeat and you listen to people: they say 'get him out, get the player out, get the manager out'.
"Now they speak of Roberto Di Matteo. He’s just won the Champions League and the FA Cup three months ago!
"It is, of course, affecting you and when you’re young it’s more difficult to take a distance with that. We forget that we were 20 as well. I forget it more than you but you’re more fragile when you’re younger. [Last weekend shows that] it turns round quicker and quicker."
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