At the weekend a story emerged about how Arsenal have been using a forensic psychiatrist, Ceri Evans, to provide a bit of edge.
The New Zealander comes with a sterling reputation, and while sports psychology and football are still relatively new bedfellows, there does appear to be a steelier side to the Gunners this season.
However, Arsene Wenger played down the story, saying that the reason for the team’s improved performances this season is the players themselves.
“It’s down to the quality of the players,” he said, “it’s as simple as that. “It’s nothing to do with psychology, it’s down to how well the players play on the football pitch.
“We have not to go overboard with that, it’s nothing to do with that.”
It’s certainly understandable why the manager would do that, looking to instil belief and confidence in his players, and he says that their mental strength and experience is part of what makes them top quality players.
“The strong mentality of the players is first down to the fact that we have more maturity in the squad and that the players are more experienced,” he continued.
“We played for many years with a very young squad, so under pressure they are a bit more vulnerable.
“Also, it is linked to the recent history of the team – we have not lost for a long time and that creates as well strength in the squad and belief, and trust, and that is of course much more linked with that.”