Wenger gloom high­lights Fergie’s suc­cess

Halifax Courier - - Athletics -

MICHAEL Owen be­lieves the pres­sure Arsene Wenger is un­der at Arse­nal merely em­pha­sises the in­cred­i­ble job Sir Alex Fer­gu­son has done at Manch­ester United.

Un­less Arse­nal can de­feat United at the Emi­rates Sta­dium to­mor­row to re­tain their out­side in­ter­est in the Premier League ti­tle race, the Gun­ners will be con­demned to a sixth sea­son with­out a tro­phy.

That bar­ren run has raised ques­tion marks over Wenger’s po­si­tion, with some sup­port­ers feel­ing it is time Arse­nal dis­pensed with the French­man’s ser­vices.

It seems a pre­pos­ter­ous thought con­sid­er­ing how Wenger has guided Arse­nal’s for­tunes down the years.

Yet those six long years are two more than Fer­gu­son had to wait for his first tro­phy at United, since when the long­est they have had to hang around for sil­ver­ware is a sin­gle sea­son.

“Arsene Wenger is one of the best man­agers to have ever man­aged in the Premier League,” said Owen.

“He has turned the club around and done fan­tas­ti­cally well over the years.

“It just high­lights what our man­ager has done.

“The suc­cess he has had here in such a fiercely com­pet­i­tive busi­ness such as this is amaz­ing.”

As near­est chal­lengers Chelsea head to Old Traf­ford next week­end, United’s main task for the week­end is to en­sure their ad­van­tage over the Blues is not re­duced to three points, which would of­fer Carlo Ancelotti and his play­ers a ma­jor in­cen­tive for vic­tory.

For Arse­nal, it is the point of re­turn, af­ter a slump in form that be­gan with that shock Car­ling Cup de­feat to Birm­ing­ham, be­fore which, talk had been of an un­prece­dented Quadru­ple.

“Arse­nal are prob­a­bly think­ing they have to beat us this week­end to keep their chances alive,” said Owen. “That is what makes it such a good game.

“We must have the attitude of try­ing to get three points. It is not only about Arse­nal. Chelsea can also win the league. That is why we have to think only about our­selves.”

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