Neville: ‘I want Wenger to stay and prove everyone wrong’

Date published: Thursday 9th March 2017 3:47

Arsene Wenger: Has backing of Man Utd great

Gary Neville has once again backed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, insisting that the Gunners should stick with their man despite recent pressure.

Neville has been an outspoken critic of Arsenal fans calling for Wenger to leave, and has reiterated his stance in an interview with Omnisport.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has released a statement making it clear the club are aware of fan unrest, but Neville believes that they should stand by their man.

“There is no doubt there is a lot of suffering in terms of the exposure, attention, the scrutiny. It’s actually uncomfortable,” said Neville.

“Ultimately, it is a decision for the board and Wenger.

“I made my stance very clear when I finished playing football. I would never ask a player to be sacked based on performance and I would never ask a manager to be sacked based upon performance.

“Wenger deserves an incredible amount of respect. I accept the arguments around why some people think his time has come to an end. But what I would say, there is a way to do that and not to do it in terms of what he has achieved at the club.

“I suppose it’s traditional principles, there is nothing more I’d like to see than a club stand by a manager and Wenger.

“In a time when managers get sacked every five minutes, when you think of the Claudio Ranieri sacking this season, I’d love Arsenal to stand by him and somehow prove everyone wrong in the next few seasons.

“I accept in this moment in time, the ground is very shaky.”

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