Arsene Wenger’s first ever Arsenal signing and his current captain both firmly believe he’s the right man to manage the club despite the prospect of an eighth season without silverware.
Speaking after last night’s 3-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich, Thomas Vermaelen directly addressed the issue of the boss’ future stressing that erratic performances are down to the players.
“Of course we’re behind him,” the Belgian is quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“He’s done a lot for this club. He still does a lot of hard work with us. He is the right man for the job. We have to show that on the pitch as well – at the moment the results are not good – but we will work hard with him to get the results back.
“Of course we are not happy. We are disappointed. We have to look at ourselves and stick together in difficult times. Don’t look at each other, don’t blame each other, work hard every day to get the results back.”
Dismissing suggestions that it might be time for a new man at the helm, Vermaelen continued:
“Everyone in football looks too short term. They don’t look at the long term, and he’s done a lot for this club. It doesn’t mean that because it’s not going well at the moment we don’t stand behind him.
“You have to look at the long term. He is the right man for this club and we are all behind him.”
Meanwhile in France, Lyon manager Remi Garde – who joined the Gunners alongside Patrick Vieira a month before Wenger formally took over in 1996 – has told L’Equipe that Wenger should command respect for the manner in which he has revolutionised Arsenal.
“I think it is still a great manager,” Garde is quoted as saying.
“He’s been reproached for not winning trophies, but compared to what he brought to the club, there should be a little more respect for his work.
“It [football] is judged on the result, but the form of the judgment is important, it should not exceed certain measures.”
Given the current circumstances at the Emirates criticism is natural, however, Arseblog News firmly echoes Garde’s measured words.9,586 views