Arsenal and England legend David Seaman said he was reduced to a mere “naughty schoolboy” in what was the ‘only time’ he saw Arsene Wenger lose his temper at the club.
The ex-England No.1 goalkeeper would not have seen the iconic Frenchman lose his rag on too many occasions, as he won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and the League Cup during his illustrious spell at Highbury. While his trophy haul is already very impressive, he was also ‘Invincibles’ side which did not lose a single League match.
However, it was not plain sailing for the entirety of the shot stopper’s 13 years at the club, as there was one afternoon against Manchester United which tested the limits of the Arsenal team. But while a dual against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at Old Trafford was hardly alien to Seaman or Wenger, the former goalkeeper revealed the one time the former Monaco manager’s temper overspilled in the dressing room.
“I remember playing for Arsenal when we played at Old Trafford and we were 5-1 down at half time,” Seaman said on the ‘Seaman Says’ podcast. “We came into the dressing room and it’s the only time I have ever seen Arsene Wenger lose it. At half time it was normally no noise at all.
“Normally you would be sat down, you got your drinks, your energy bars and all that, and it was quiet. But he came in and then in his French accent he went ‘this is not f***ing acceptable’.”
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“Honestly, me and Ray Parlour caught each other’s eyes and we were like naughty school boys, because we were just giggling in the corner. That’s the only time I’ve seen him (Wenger) lose it. I think we ended up losing 6-1 or something like that in the end.”
Arsenal’s misery began when Dwight Yorke opened the scoring after only three minutes. Thierry Henry responded with an equaliser thirteen minutes later, only for Yorke to complete his hat-trick with two goals in four minutes, before Roy Keane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found the net before half-time.
Just when the Gunners thought they were going to finish the second half without any further embarrassment, Teddy Sheringham found the net in the dying minutes of the contest.
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