Arsene Wenger only lost his temper once as Arsenal manager – and that left Ray Parlor in points!
The Gunners Parlor legend won three Premier League titles at the North London club during their dominant period in English football in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The man who oversaw their success, Wenger, normally exuded a calm demeanor in the dressing room regardless of the outcome.
But Arsenal’s particularly bad half against rivals Manchester United caused an unusual outburst from the Frenchman, as Parlor recalled on the talkSPORT Breakfast Show.
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“One game, he really lost it,” Parlor said of Wenger. “It was at Manchester United, Old Trafford, and we were 5-1 at halftime.
“I had never seen him lose his temper at half-time or after the game. This time he really lost it. Do you know when that isn’t right for someone?
“I remember I was going to start laughing. He tries to swear, with a French accent. I remember sitting there and putting a towel over my head and looking at my boots.
“David Seaman said he could see my shoulders go up and down because I was laughing.
“It was one of those where you couldn’t make eye contact. If I looked at David Seaman and he looked at me, everyone would have started laughing. He was generally very calm.
Parlor also revealed how completely George Graham was different from Wenger and often lost his temper, even though he regretted the one time he faced Martin Keown.
Parlor added: “George Graham was a totally different manager. He looked like Sir Alex Ferguson. He was fiery and if he saw someone who wasn’t doing their job he would hammer them at halftime after a game, he would point fingers at people.
“I think George Graham once tried Martin Keown and you just see George say ‘oh no, I picked the wrong person here’.
“Martin picked up one of his boots and he was going to have it. George was worried. He hid behind Stewart Houston.
“Martin was a character. You wouldn’t want to fight with him. I promise you. I was glad he was on my side to say it.