Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes believes that the criticism Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger is receiving is unfair.
The teams meet in Champions League action this evening, after both securing their spots in the knock-out phase with solid group results.
Although they have been impressive in Europe this term, Arsenal have struggled domestically, being eliminated from both cup competitions by Bradford and Blackburn, as well as slipping out of the top four in the Premier League.
This has led to some sections of the club’s supporters voicing their displeasure at the way the Gunners are being run, with Wenger’s transfer policy coming under intense scrutiny.
But, his midweek rival Heynckes has stuck up for the Frenchman, insisting that he is doing an excellent job at the Emirates Stadium:
“You have to take into consideration that Arsenal are competing with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“The way I see it, over the years they have been selling their best players whereas the other teams get in these world stars. If you have to compete with that I don’t think it is fair to blame Arsene Wenger.
“Wenger is a great coach. You see the way his teams play. Arsenal has a lot of tradition and history. They play attractive football.”
The German coach, who is set to be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season, also believes that Arsenal’s FA Cup elimination over the weekend does not give his side an advantage:
“If you take away the game against Blackburn they have been very positive.
“They’re fifth in the league. They will be a very difficult opponent for us tomorrow.”
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