Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that the recent criticism of Arsene Wenger is totally ‘unacceptable’.
In recent days, Wenger’s future has come under heavy scrutiny and a report from Daily Mirror even claimed that the Gunner’s management has started to prepare a shortlist of the managers who can replace Wenger at Emirates.
To further follow the same, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim, Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt and Borussia Dortmund chief Thomas Tuchel were candidates.
Besides that, Arsenal are about to face the toughest challenge in terms of keeping their star names at the Emirates, as both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are yet to sign a new contract with the club. But even after all of this, Wenger has stated that his future depends on how his side finishes the current season.
Back to back losses at hands of Watford and Chelsea practically ruled Arsenal out of the Premier League hunt, while a recent humiliation at the Allianz Arena is the further damage to their title credentials.
Even though the future of the former Monaco gaffer is in doubt as his contract is about to expire at the end of the season, he has come out to state that he will not retire at the end of the season and will manage – be it Arsenal or some club else
“No matter what happens I will manage next season – here or somewhere else. That’s absolutely for sure.” Wenger was quoted by Sky Sports.
Pep Guardiola, for his part, believes that his fellow Premier League manager deserves more respect.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager made eight whopping changes to face the Championship side Huddersfield Town in their FA cup tie, but his men were unable to crack the hosts’ stubborn defense and when asked about the same, he was quoted by Sky Sports as saying:
“My friend, I take the decisions, you analyse my decisions.
“You have to take a decision before [the game], to 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 not respectable, what happened.
“That is why we take the decisions and you can say whatever you want.”