Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed that manager Arsene Wenger’s choice of a dressing room banger to gee up the Gunners was… Frank Sinatra.
And when everyone chose a track for a pre-match playlist, Ol’ Blue Eyes came on in the Emirates changing room in the mix with tracks by Drake and Rick Ross.
England winger Ox told DRDJ in an exclusive video interview what happened next. “Great song, what an artist,” he said, “but it really killed the vibes out there.
“That whole idea didn’t work because you can’t be listening to Frank Sinatra and then Rick Ross next track. It just doesn’t work. I think the Boss might have had a little smile and a chuckle and he just wandered off.”
The Arsenal dressing room DJ explained that it all came from an idea by team-mate Theo Walcott to put together a playlist for the players.
Ox said: “A few seasons ago, because so many of the boys were moaning about the playlist – they wanted these songs or they don’t like that music – Theo went around and organised a playlist.
”He put everyone’s name down and told everyone to write in a song they wanted to hear. And he had a column for the Boss, and he threw in Frank Sinatra – and it actually came on in the dressing room.
“It was a nice idea from Theo, and he meant well, but it didn’t last long.”