Wenger finds support from an unlikely source ahead of Bayern clash

Ruben Hill
February 17, 2017

"I feel for him - he nearly needs to be protected from himself", Martin Keown, a member of Wenger's squad who went through the 2003-04 Premier League campaign unbeaten, told BT Sport.

No wonder the club was so keen to extend his contract beyond this season, even if he's entering the twilight of his career.

The Bavarians have reached the semi-final stage in Europe in each of the last three years, but Bayern are itching to go one better and reach the Cardiff final on June 3.

Despite their lead in the Bundesliga, Bayern have turned in below-par performances in recent weeks and needed two late goals to earn a 2-0 win at relegation-threatened Ingolstadt on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, as we saw last night, Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid are still miles better than Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea".

The move is made all the more bold by the fact Arsenal's form domestically means they are all-but out of the Premier League title race after two defeats in their last three games.

"If we were to get any result against Arsenal, either a draw or win, it would be one of the greatest results in the history of the FA Cup".

"They looked ill-prepared for the match, as if they didn't understand what Bayern Munich were going to do".

Not only has that Gazidis quote contributed in some way to the increasingly noisy culture of Wenger criticism, it's an nearly unprecedented situation in topflight football where the manager is the master of his own destiny in this way.

Wenger's position has increasingly split the Arsenal fan-base, with some wanting to remain loyal to a man who has served them as manager for more than 20 years, and others calling for change.

Despite all that, titles that were theirs for the taking have gone to Leicester. Bayern Munich is still dishing out embarrassing cricket scores and the team's mental frailty shows no signs of improving.

"That's all speculation, but basically it is easier to play a team you already know", said Neuer.

It's an all too familar story for Arsenal - a Champions League exit in the Round of 16 - and more often than not the Gunners exit with little credit.

"It'll be a step up". Instead, Arsenal was given a lifeline when Lewandowski took down central defender Koscielny and the referee awarded the penalty before the half-hour mark.

"What Wenger has done is close to being impossible in the modern game, he is a legend", says Ancelotti.

"The result was really important and we have the advantage, but we don't want to make a mistake", he said. "That would be nice", he added, with the return leg at the Emirates Stadium on March 7.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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