Arsene Wenger has revealed how he spoke with David Beckham in order to understand Arsenal’s poor run of form.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League, and have slipped down to a nine point-gap with leaders Chelsea following back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City, despite the Boxing Day win against West Brom.
Wenger has since admitted that he took advice from former England skipper David Beckham to bring back Arsenal’s competitive spark. The former United man also had a training session with Arsenal in January 2013, after leaving Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
“I believe what is important is the strength you find inside the club,” Wenger said. “There’s a special thing happening for a football player in the dressing room.
“I spoke with Beckham about that recently. I asked him, ‘Do you miss it?’ He said, ‘Football I can play every day, I’m invited to all the charity games, but I miss the dressing room, that kind of being together, fighting for something together, that’s what you miss.’
“You do not go through the season and have no disappointment. We have just lost two games, of course, it’s tough but City didn’t win for six, Tottenham for four or five, Manchester United as well, all the teams go through that.”
The Arsenal boss will perhaps not be unhappy to look back at 2016. It was a year which gave too many promises, but ultimately, the Gunners flattered to deceive, and the past 12 months seemed a bit like Groundhog Day for the supporters.
Despite being in the title race still, few fans truly believe they will actually march on to win the league title, especially following their recent successive defeats. Those games again proved Arsenal’s frailties and weaknesses, and the doubts remain as always as to whether Wenger will have a title-winning team again.