Support can come from the strangest of places, and Arsene Wenger has proven just that after speaking about Jose Mourinho’s plight at Manchester United.
He offered some words of support to Mourinho, and that comes as a shock when he could have stuck the knife in, given how the pair have famously fallen out on many occasions in the past.
“I’m supportive of everybody who suffers,” Wenger said. “Your job [the media’s] is to get everybody to suffer. Our job is to get as few people as possible to suffer.
“I want English football to do well. But people at our level, they are the most demanding with themselves. And the biggest suffering we get is from our own demands with ourselves. For the rest, we get love or not love.
“I want everybody to be happy in the world. I don’t want to speak about Manchester United’s situation because my job is to take care of Arsenal.
“And overall I want English football to do well, and I want every manager to be happy. It’s not possible.
“We can struggle, we are like Man United, we are like Tottenham, like everybody. Football is football,”
Arsenal are of course eagerly waiting the draw for the next round of the Europa League, after passing their test against AC Milan with flying colours, and Danny Welbeck repaying the faith Wenger had in him as well.
Many people thought Arsenal would crash out, but it’s the first time they’ve reached the quarter finals of a European competition in eight years – and it’s their best chance of getting back into the Champions League as well after falling off a cliff in terms of their league form.
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