Arsenal must not become Man United, says ex-Gunner

Robert Pires has called on his old side Arsenal to avoid turning into Manchester United and stick with Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners boss’ position at the Emirates Stadium is once again the subject of much doubt, with large sections of the club’s loyal supporters actively calling for the Frenchman to be dismissed.

Despite leading the north Londoners since 1996, winning Premier League and domestic trophies along the way, many supporters have grown disillusioned with Wenger’s perceived reluctance to spend big money on proven players, a lack of major trophies in recent years and the extent they’ve slipped behind major rivals such as Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Pires – who was a member of the manager’s ‘Invincibles’ side and recently came out of retirement to play for Indian Super League outfit FC Goa – understands the frustration in the stands, but believes that getting rid of their manager could see Arsenal struggle, as Man United have since Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit:

“I understand the fans, I really do. I want to see Arsenal do better,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

“But Wenger is the man for Arsenal, 100%. It would be crazy for the board to let a manager go who has made Arsenal into what it is today.

“I do not like to think of what Arsenal would be without him as manager. He has spent a lot of money, and I can see that the results should be better.

“This club (Arsenal) changed my life, in particularly Arsene Wenger.

“Arsene is like (Alex) Ferguson, he is part of the club. Look at what has happened to Manchester United since Ferguson left?

“Worse could happen at Arsenal.”


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