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Wenger Praises 'Calm' Keane

Arsene Wenger has spoken ahead of the home clash with Sunderland tomorrow lunch time about Roy Keane and his start to his managerial career.

Roy Keane & Arsenal have a long history within the Premiership, and not a pretty one, however AW believes Keane claimed and matured towards the end of his playing career and that in turn has stood him in stead for life as a manager.

'For me, he looks surprisingly calm.' Wenger said speaking to SkySports

'At first, he was a more impulsive guy. I think what helped him a lot was he tried to deal with that in the final part of his playing career. 'You could see he was becoming a different player, dominating the impulsive side of his character - and that helped him to start well as a manager.'

'I've been impressed with what he did last year because he took over at the club in a difficult position and turned it round in an extremely convincing way.'

'This season the challenge is different and for a young manager very tough. If he manages to keep them up he will have had a great season. I think he has the mental strength to achieve it.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 6 2007

Time: 2:19PM

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i agree. One of the many who you admire a lot more as a manager than a player. Although i cant deny that he was a gread midfielder.
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06/10/2007 15:16:00

he was one of the best midfielders the prem has seen may be even the world has even seen and his going to be a great manager as well
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06/10/2007 18:29:00

Theres only one Keano. You lads must be very confident for tomorrow hopfully you will struggle against us but I can't see it. Can we have a 2 goal head start ?
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06/10/2007 22:58:00

Having seen manure temporarily sneak into pole position is all the motivation the boys need for tomorrow, a nice early goal for us is the order of the day - @ kev1n I'm sure Keane will see the mackems right and will give you a sound foundation to build upon.
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06/10/2007 23:46:00

I've had a lot of fun reading Keane's thoughts on the rivalry he had with Paddy and much he loved playing at Highbury and was for him his favourite match, how he'd start preparing his body on Sunday for the Arsenal match that was to be played the following Saturday, how intense the rivalry was between the managers, players and fans. It was an incredible period with two powerhouse teams who loved to hate each other. I don't think we'll ever see us and Man U get into a rivalry that heated again, just cause the cast of characters on both teams don't have the emotional edge that Keane, Viera and others possessed. And Wenger and Fergie actually seem to like each other these days, which is probably a sign of the end times.
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07/10/2007 02:09:00

Must win game...beat a Man Utd legends team and go top over the curent Man Utd team.
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07/10/2007 03:19:00

we all loved to hate him and you couldnt help but respect the guy...interestiing interview by RVP talking about AW its magical
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07/10/2007 05:59:00

There was a very good article on vital man u a while back waxing lyrical about the old rivalry, with both sets of fans agreeing that it was the stuff of footballing legend and missed greatly. I think we were very lucky to witness such a spectacle, as you can not manufacture the intense emotions of those times... Be very interesting to see if things get as heated again...
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07/10/2007 09:39:00

Cheers for the link anon, good read...
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07/10/2007 09:47:00

them games were special
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07/10/2007 12:17:00

Yeah thanks for the link anonymous love this quote: “Football is about enjoyment. For some teams it is purely work but, for us, it’s sprinkled with love.”
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07/10/2007 14:16:00


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