Arsene Wenger has admitted that he still gets nervous ahead of Arsenal’s big games, despite 19 years at the club, according to Arsenal.com.
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The 65-year-old claims that although he does get nervous, he tries his best to give an outward appearance of confidence. This way his anxieties don’t spread to his players, who are then free to play with self belief and high morale.
The Frenchman insists that football is not dictated by logic, and claims you can’t rely on players to perform the same way week in week out.
“Everybody is different and approaches a matchday differently, but I always try to be confident,” he said.
“I’m always confident that my team will do well and I want to show that.
“But you never know exactly the mental energy that will be in the team during the game, nor the physical energy that will be in everybody that day. Why? Because we are all human beings and don’t wake up every day in exactly the same state.
“Of course I get nervous before the games because football is not mathematic.
“In maths every day you know that one plus one is two. In football, one player plus one player doesn’t always add up to two players.”
Football can certainly be unpredictable, as was evident when Portugal were toppled 2-0 by minnows Cape Verde in the recent international break.
The nerves no doubt help the Arsenal boss at times, as he will be sure not to underestimate his opponents. The club have had problems beating the big sides in recent years, but overcoming the smaller teams has rarely been an issue.