Arsene Wenger admits that sitting in the stands affords him a better tactical overview of Arsenal’s matches even if he misses the ‘physical closeness’ of being pitchside.
The boss is currently serving a four-game touchline ban for pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor in the dying moments of the win over Burnley and will watch this evening’s clash with Watford from the Directors’ box at the Emirates.
Reflecting on his current predicament, experienced for the first time this season at Saint Mary’s on Saturday, Wenger played up the importance of being able to communicate with his assistants during the game and with his players before and during half time.
“It was a bit frustrating, physically to be separated from the action [at St Mary’s] – you feel more powerless than usual,” he told Arsenal.com.
“But overall I can trust my assistant, Steve Bould, who was with Neil [Banfield] on the bench and we could communicate, so overall it went well.
“The most important thing is that the team won the game and I think when you can be in the dressing room before the game and at half-time, it helps.
“You see better [from the stands] the way your team is positioned on the field globally – you have a better vision of the compactness of the team and of the problems that you could have tactically.
“What is for sure is that the tactical aspect is clearer, the clarity is stronger but you miss a little bit the physical closeness to the team.”
No doubt, the fact the boss doesn’t mind being confined to the stands will miff those who already think he’s been dealt with leniently. And quite frankly, that’s fantastic.