Ex-Gunner confirms Wenger spied on Arsenal players: 'He had people in different parts of London'
- Arsene had a network of spies in London, former striker claims.
- This is a tactic Le Professeur borrowed from arch-rival Alex Ferguson.
- Wenger’s innovations upon arrival made the Gunners a formidable force.
Arsene Wenger was an innovator when he became Arsenal’s manager in 1996 and part of this was keeping players in line.
This is what the Gunners’ former striker, Jeremie Aliadiere, said on the matter to Arsenal Nation: The Podcast.
“He had people in different parts of London.
“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.”
This is a tactic the Frenchman borrowed from his arch-rival Sir Alex Ferguson, who was equally bent on the players’ discipline.
“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.
“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,” Ryan Giggs recalls.
This was only a part of Arsene’s revolution at Arsenal, with the Frenchman keeping tabs on players’ diet, striking out drinking sessions and inviting masseurs along - all aimed at improving players’ health and prolonging their careers.
The North London side became a force to be reckoned with, going toe-to-toe with Ferguson’s Manchester United until the mid-00s.