Wenger used Fergie spy tactics to catch Pires and Wiltord out before Bayern game

first_imgHaving broken up Arsenal’s infamous ‘Tuesday club’ shortly after his arrival, Arsene Wenger maintained discipline using a network of spies.Taking a page from Sir Alex Ferguson’s play book, former striker Jeremie Aliadiere revealed how he caught Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord out the night before a Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekGermany vs Northern Ireland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 14.16%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Martin Keown says Liverpool are the biggest threat to Arsenal’s Invincibles“He charged into the house like a bull in a china shop, cuffing people out of the way as he went,” Giggs later recalled.Fergie’s intervention in his player’s personal lives clearly worked, though, considering Giggs went on to achieve great things at the club – not that he enjoyed his boss’ prying eyes.“You’d go out on a Saturday night and he’d tell you where you were, what you’d done and who you were with,” he said.“You’d think: ‘How does he know that?’ He just knew everyone. If I came here for training clean shaven, he’d say I’d been out the night before. He had a go at me too many times to recount.” 1 Getty Images – Getty center_img Wenger’s network of spies helped him keep track of what his player’s were up to LIVE on talkSPORT “He had people in different parts of London,” Aliadiere told Arsenal Nation: The Podcast.“Arsene obviously had someone in the clubs, he was a clever man and I am sure he had something with the owners of each club like if you see one of my players you just call me straight away.”Those who played under Fergie at Manchester United will now how the French duo felt, with the legendary manager having his own group informers in and around the city, who tipped him off if his players were out gallivanting.He was well versed in the art of discipline and one famous story saw him turn up at a young Lee Sharpe’s house when he got wind of a party there to be greeted by a beer drinking Ryan Giggs. And it appears Wenger’s watchful eye helped, too.In addition to ending the Tuesday socials, which were heavy drinking sessions, Wenger’s reign brought in a period of domination for Arsenal, which spawned one of the Premier League’s greatest rivalries.Pires and Wiltord both arrived at the club in 2000 and ended up winning two league titles and two FA Cups in addition to being members of the club’s unbeaten 2003/04 season, which was Wiltord’s last year as an Arsenal player.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our networklast_img

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