Arsene Wenger lends support to Ian Holloway


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended Blackpool boss Ian Holloway for making ten changes before Wednesday's Premier League clash at Aston Villa.

The Seasiders narrowly lost 3-2 in the Midlands with a perceived weaker team following Saturday's 2-2 draw with Everton.

Premier League officials are investigating the situation, but Wenger believes the new 25-man squad guideline works in Holloway's favour.

But the Frenchman insists that it is of paramount importance that wholesale changes do not disturb a team's performance in the future, otherwise disgruntled supporters may rightfully speak out.

"We are allowed only 25 players now in our squad, so you would think if you are allowed only 25, then you have to declare you can use them how you want," Wenger said.

"When you had 50 and you could use 50, you could say there was an opportunity sometimes to throw a game away.

"That is one of the few positive aspects of the 25-man squad, that you have to present decent players, which is what he did, and they gave big problems to Aston Villa.

"What is most important is the performance of the team. We are all in professional sport and what is the most important thing is to respect people who pay the money to watch the games.

"If people who bought a ticket at Aston Villa and think the game against Blackpool was a waste of money, we have to think about the problem.

"They are the decider and we must always have that in our minds. We have to respect people who pay to watch football. It is not only my opinion or the opinion of the press, it is the opinion of the people who watch the games."

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