SPORT Fer­gu­son: Wenger not mov­ing Ar­se­nal for­ward

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Sir Alex Fer­gu­son has sug­gested that Ar­se­nal have failed to progress un­der Arsene Wenger in re­cent sea­sons but feels there is no one ca­pa­ble of re­plac­ing him.

While they have won the last two FA Cups, the Gun­ners haven’t won the Premier League since 2004 and are in dan­ger of ex­it­ing this year’s Cham­pi­ons League at the group stage, hav­ing lost their first two matches in the com­pe­ti­tion.

A con­tin­gent of Ar­se­nal fans have been call­ing for Wenger to leave the club, though many have faith in the man who has guided them to three league ti­tles and six FA Cups.

While Fer­gu­son hinted that the north Lon­don side have not de­vel­oped for some time, he feels they would strug­gle to re­place the French­man if he were sacked.

“If I hadn’t pro­gressed Manch­ester United af­ter the dou­ble-win­ning 1994 team or the tre­ble-win­ning 1999 team, I would maybe have had the same prob­lems as Arsene is fac­ing now,” the 73-year-old said in an in­ter­view with ESPN.

“But he’s stayed with his con­vic­tion, he’s stayed with what he be­lieves in.”

“Who are they go­ing to get to re­place Arsene Wenger, you know? Who are they go­ing to get who is bet­ter than Arsene Wenger?

“And that’s why they haven’t sacked him, that’s why they’ve stuck by him.”

The for­mer United boss added that there’s no ev­i­dence to prove that sack­ing man­agers pro­duces suc­cess, urg­ing sides to give their un­der­per­form­ing coaches more time.

“If you can re­tain the man­ager for long pe­ri­ods, you can get con­sist.”

Ar­se­nal striker Alexis Sanchez goes past Manch­ester City’s Yaya Toure dur­ing one of their English Premier Lweague matches.

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