Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has received support from his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola following a difficult week of criticism.
The Gunners were hammered 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League last week.
Considering that the team are 10 points off the pace in the Premier League title hunt, the elite European competition became that much more important, but now they have a mountain to climb if they want to progress into the quarter-finals.
Plenty of Arsenal players, as well as Wenger, have been criticised for the performance, and now they will try to avoid a potential banana skin when they face non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.
There are plenty of questions surrounding Wenger, mainly about his future, as he comes to the end of his current contract in the summer.
The Frenchman has been in charge of the North London outfit for the past 20 years, but a large number of fans believe that it is time for him to go due to the club’s consistent failure to challenge for the league title.
Guardiola, though, jumped to Wenger’s defence when asked about his own team selection for Saturday’s goalless draw with Huddersfield in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Mirror quotes Guardiola as saying:
“My friend, I take the decisions, you analyse my decisions. You have to take a decision before, to [find] the best solution – it was what I did. If you don’t agree, you can write it.
“What I hear in the last 10 days, about how people, ex-players, journalists treat Arsene Wenger is unacceptable. Our job, in that moment, doesn’t have any respect for any position, so it is unrespectable, what happened. That is why we take the decisions and you can say whatever you want.”