Arsene Wenger admits he used to be 'absolutely mad' but has learned to control himself

With the exception of occasional touchline scuffle, Arsene Wenger has a reputation as a serene figure.

Former Arsenal captain William Gallas even said in a recent interview that Wenger's problem was that he didn't know when to "bang his fist on the table".

But that hasn't always been the case.

Wenger admitted that when he was young he struggled to control his emotions on the sidelines.

“I was an absolute firebomb, I was absolutely mad!” he told Arsenal Player. “You learn to express your ideas better with time, to anticipate problems better that you [used to], so you are not so surprised as when you are young.

“You take a bit more distance with what is happening. At a club like Arsenal you could not exactly behave like I behaved at the start!

“I have learnt to dominate my devils. I am not sure I have mellowed in my resolute attitude, but in the way I express my feelings and beliefs, certainly I have changed.”

Altercations with Jose Mourinho, Alan Pardew and a collection of water bottles suggest Wenger hasn't completely dominated those devils though, even if he has come a long way.

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