Arsenal have been falling apart in recent weeks in what has been one of the worst periods the club has ever gone through, and all fingers have been pointing to one man.
Arsene Wenger became the Premier League’s longest serving manager a few years after Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as the Manchester United boss, but never has the Frenchman faced so much intense scrutiny in his career as he has lately.
A brilliant win against AC Milan only served to paper over the cracks of the calamitous weeks before it, having suffered four consecutive defeats against the likes of Ostersunds, Manchester City twice, and Brighton.
The disastrous spell has left Wenger struggling for sleep at night, but an old friend has come to his rescue and has offered help to the legendary Gunners’ boss during his darkest hours.
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Speaking on the topic, Wenger recently revealed: “I have a good relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson at the moment. Sometimes he sends me a message when things don’t go well. There is a solidarity.
“I always support other managers where I can. There is no possibility not to suffer. You have to suffer. The difficulty in this job is to be capable to go periods where it very difficult.”
Despite the masses calling for the board to drop the axe on him, Wenger has insisted that he is still the right man to take Arsenal forward. He also admitted to feeling upset that all the blood, sweat and tears he has put into making Arsenal the great side they are today has been forgotten.
He continued: “It’s not the person they hate, they hate the manager who doesn’t deliver the performance. I can make that difference. But I’m just unhappy that we lose the games. I want to win, win with style even, so it’s very ambitious. When we don’t do it of course I’m suffering like everyone else.
“Arsenal is 30 million people, it’s not the suffering of one person, you want to make 30 million people happy and that’s what you care about.”
“Football is first about values, if I can leave that behind me and that maybe somewhere people respect that Arsenal is [not only] about winning or losing, but as well about what is important in the game.
“My regret personally is that has gone completely underwater. You don’t speak about that anymore, it’s only about the side of the game that is important but is not essential.”