Wenger: I lied to protect my players

You’ll get a slice of Arsene Wenger laid bare with your tea and toast this morning with the national newspapers awash with revealing, candid and impassioned comments on all matters Arsenal.
W talks about why he chose not to Real Madrid, why he sometimes lies to protect his players and how he fears life after football.
The fact that these astonishingly honest answers to quizzical hacks may have something to do with the fact that he was speaking at the launch of Gunners charitable liaison with Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Perhaps the sombre reality of the wards brought him an openness he has rarely shown in the past. Maybe he’s just another year older and wiser and wanted to unburden himself. Whatever the reason these interviews are all must-read for any serious Gooner.
Check out the Daily Mail online site at 9am, at which time Martin Samuel’s 6,000-word interview with the Frenchman is published.
In the Times, AW goes into detail about his life as Arsenal chief and details the total professionalism he practices and what he expects from his players.
He talks about his ‘project’ at the Emirates in the Guardian and says he accepts that fans are impatient but he is confident he can deliver honours with youth.
And so it goes on: brutally honest and captivating stuff. Quite uplifting for those of us who are believers — we can only hope AW’s vision manifests itself in glorious fashion tomorrow at Woodison.*
*The name given to the mainly timber stadium by the Red half of the city.

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