By Alex Taylor
Arsenal star Ian Wright has revealed that he used to train in sand under Arsene Wenger as part of his revolutionary training techniques.
Wright, 52, played as a striker under Wenger from 1996-98 as the Frenchman started a new era of success in north London.
Wenger, who celebrated 20 years as Arsenal manager in September, brought in modern training methods and dietary conditioning upon his arrival at the club.
“His management style for me was a refreshing change from managers shouting in people’s faces,” Wright told the Premier League’s official Twitter account. “He gave me the fitness programme in respect to the dietary requirements that I needed.
“I used to go away and train in sand, I used to play my football in sand, trying to leap and run and run backwards, all sorts of stuff in sand.
“I was eating right, I was training right, I was sleeping right, Arsene totally changed Arsenal.”
Wright finished his Arsenal career having scored 185 goals in 288 appearances and now works as a pundit for ITV and BT Sport.
Wenger has been credited with completely transforming the Gunners methods on and off the pitch during his 20-year spell as manager.
The former Monaco boss has won three Premier League, six FA Cup and six Community shield trophies throughout his reign at both Highbury and The Emirates Stadium.
Wenger’s team currently sit in third place in the Premier League behind north London rivals Tottenham and league-leaders Manchester City.
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