In the first of many Stateside media and promotional activities Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis sat down for breakfast with local business leaders this morning where they were quizzed on a range of football issues including talent spotting.
Having spent much of his 17-years at Arsenal ensuring the club’s name is synonymous with youth development, Wenger spoke openly about the traits he looks for in prospective players identifying three key characteristics.
“There is the kid who battles with himself, the real champions, the guy who is driven by an inner motivation and has a consistent desire to be better because he has to be better.
“The second guy battles with others. He wants to show others he is better than them and he is ready to go out and show that.
“The third guy is a different case, he wants to be respected by others.”
Underlining that the top players define and achieve their ambitions utilising a combination of all three factors, Wenger revealed that he wants his squad to show animal devotion to the cause.
“At the top level of competition you find these types of people. They have a mixture of the three characteristics but there is a dominant one there. I personally am inner driven.
“You want people who are consistently driven, you want ones like dogs who always want more. We try to identify that and try to make them stars.”
Wenger also touched on how top players benefit from having a role in the team tailored exactly to their qualities. Citing the case of swoontastic ‘Invincible’, Robert Pires, he continued:
“What’s important is finding a position that suits perfectly a player’s qualities, a position where he can express his technical qualities and a position where you do not expose his flaws.
“The little details are very, very important, like preferential vision. Some players see more on the right and some see more on the left. If you see a player who passes to the right all the time because of that, then you put them on the left.
“Robert Pires is a good example. He has unbelievable preferential vision, so on the right he is a normal player but on the left he became a world-class player. On the left wing he saw everything, but on the right wing he saw nothing.”
Arseblog News refuses to believe that Bobby saw nothing on the right side…he once blew us a kiss while we were sitting in the East Lower as he played towards the North Bank on a glorious spring evening in 2004.*
*This was possibly dream.