Wilshere says Wenger 'lost it' at Arsenal stars in Anfield dressing room rant but Howe is 'angriest' boss he played for
JACK WILSHERE has opened up about the time Arsene Wenger 'lost it' in the dressing room at Anfield.
Back in 2014 when Wilshere was a midfielder for the Gunners, his side caved in against Liverpool as they conceded four goals in the first 20 minutes.
And while Wenger very rarely let his temper get out of hand, Wilshere insists this time was a totally different story.
When asked about the legendary Arsenal coach, he said: "You could always tell when he was angry but he had a different way of putting it across. He'd be more constructive with it.
"But there was one time when he lost it. We were at Anfield away and we were 4-0 down after 20 minutes. Now that Liverpool team could have done that to teams, they had Sterling Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho – it was when they were under Brendan Rodgers actually.
"We got in there [the changing room] at 4-0 and he just went mad. He was like 'you need to remember who you're playing for, these fans have travelled up to see you' and just lost it, a completely different side to him than I'd ever seen."
Arsenal went on to draw the second half as the match finished 5-1, with Wilshere admitting Wenger's rage 'worked' in improving their performance.
Going on to explain Wenger's managerial style in more detail, he added: "The interesting thing about Arsene was – and I remember thinking at half-time in my first game like 'what is going on?' – for the first 12 minutes of half-time it would be silent, completely silent. Everyone would just be sat there sort of like waiting for him.
"And then he'd walk in and just have two or three minutes of telling us what to do or being constructive and then we'd go out."
Despite Wenger's outburst at Anfield seven years ago, Wilshere still does not consider him to be the 'angriest' manager he has ever played under.
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Instead, that title goes to ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe who coached Wilshere for the 2016-17 season.
He said: "The angriest one would probably be Eddie Howe.
"He had a group of players who had been with him through League One and the level of training that he demanded from them in terms of intensity and focus.
"You could just be doing a simple passing drill and if you didn't do it properly he would be on you, shouting and screaming at you. But it worked. He got the best out of them boys."
Wilshere returned to a Howe-less Bournemouth in January of this year but was released at the end of the campaign.
Last month Wilshere began pre-season training with Derby County under former England teammate Wayne Rooney.
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