Fergie sticks up for Wenger; claims Arsenal pressure is unfair

Date published: Monday 22nd May 2017 10:23

Sir Alex Ferguson has defended his long-time nemesis Arsene Wenger, who he claims has been under “ridiculous pressure” at Arsenal.

The Frenchman’s position has been heavily scrutinised this season, with the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

A fifth-placed finish means the north London giants will compete in the Europa League on Thursday nights next season and fans have called for Wenger, whose contract expires this summer, to leave.

However, the Gunners chief is expected to extend his stay at The Emirates and Ferguson has launched a defence of a manager he famously locked horns with during his own long reign at Manchester United.

“At the moment, of course, with the ridiculous situation of the pressure Arsene is under, I just wonder if they realise the job he’s done,” the Scot told Sky Sports.

“The most amazing thing about him is this: he has come through a forest of criticism for months now, and has never bowed. He has seen it right through, he has shown a determination, a stubbornness. I think when you look at that, it’s a quality, and I’m not sure they’ll ever get another manager like that.

“It’s quite easy to say ‘Get rid of him’, but who do you get? Who do you get in to keep that club the way they are for the next 20 years?

“I really feel sorry for him because I think he’s shown outstanding qualities, and I think he has handled the whole situation. I don’t know many that have done that.”

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