The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

ARSENE Wenger has taken a lot of stick re­cently, but I just can­not get away from some sim­ple facts:

1. He has led Arse­nal to con­sis­tent enough re­sults to have qual­i­fied 20 con­sec­u­tive times for the Cham­pi­ons League.

2. He has over­seen a mas­sive tran­si­tion from High­bury to the Emi­rates dur­ing which time the club had huge con­struc­tion bills to pay and wasn’t flush with cash.

3. He has op­er­ated against com­peti­tors with al­most lim­it­less pock­ets; Man City, Chelsea and Manch­ester United are big, big play­ers.

To his doubters I say get off his back and watch him raise his game in the next two years.

He is a very ex­pe­ri­enced man with a great track record. His past is strong enough to sug­gest that he is more than ca­pa­ble of re-in­vent­ing suc­cess at Arse­nal. It isn’t right for him to leave on a low. Their two equalis­ers last week­end against Man City sug­gest to me that he is fight­ing. That his team are. And that Arse­nal are get­ting ready to mount a chal­lenge in 2017/18. I reckon they’ll be very dan­ger­ous.

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