Arsène Wenger out to avoid final Old Trafford indignity with Arsenal | Amy Lawrence

Scene of some of the manager’s greatest triumphs has brought devastating lows more recently and Manchester United will smell blood

Deep in football conversation a few years ago Arsène Wenger outlined a theory he had about how the way managers talk about football can get into a player’s subconscious. This was not everyday football manager‑speak. “The way you speak out is seeds in the brains of your players,” he said. “It is subconscious, it is interesting. I am very interested in the subconscious force of the memory of a team.”

In a nutshell the concept is about how strongly certain messages, or raking up of past experiences, can come out in the way a team plays.

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