Nigel Winterburn: How Arsene Wenger introduced himself as the Club’s manager
Written by Jeffrey on January 29, 2011 4:45
Former Arsenal left-back Nigel Winterburn revealed the Club’s decision to appoint Arsene Wenger as manager was spot on as almost all players liked the style of the Frenchman.
After the dismissal of George Graham in 1995 and the turbulent season under Bruce Rioch, Arsenal opted to sign Arsene Wenger who according to the Englishman always had an eye for talent as the arrival of Patrick Vieira showed as he added how signing quality players is an incentive for other players to improve, do well, and be part of the Club.
Asked about goalkeeper David Seaman, the 47-year old was full of praise for his former colleague as he explained how a top goalkeeper will help you in getting at least ten points in a season which was exactly what Seaman did when he was in goal for the Gunners.
Winterburn left the Gunners after thirteen years at the Club for West Ham United as he confessed how his objective was to keep playing as a regular which at that time was no longer possible at Arsenal.
On his days at Arsenal, he said:
I just remember [Arsene Wenger] standing in front of us, introducing himself. Basically all he said to the older players was to just take on board, give it a go and see what you feel like. It soon became apparent that most of the players at the football Club liked the style of training that Arsene Wenger brought to the football Club.
There were rumours flying around that certain players were coming to the football Club. I remember when Patrick [Vieira] came off the subs bench he was absolutely immense when he came on. And then you think, ‘If we are going to buy players of this quality, then your determination is even more to make sure that you want to be part of that football Club as well’.
Top goalkeepers will get you ten points a season and that’s exactly what David Seaman did, he never panicked, the goal always looked so small when he was standing in there, we knew that if we could try and make that defence as watertight as possible, giving him as little work to do as possible, if eventually it was broken down and they got through than David Seaman would usually be there to make a crucial save.