Lyon manager Remi Garde has jumped to the defence of Arsene Wenger, insisting that the Arsenal boss is not being shown enough respect anymore.
The long-serving Gunners boss has come under more scrutiny than he has ever felt since he took the reins in 1996 following a series of losses ,that looks as if it will result in an eighth year without a trophy for the club.
A 3-1 loss at home to Bayern Munich leaves Arsenal’s hopes of advancing to the quarter finals of the Champions League in tatters, while FA Cup and Capital One Cup exits to Blackburn and Bradford City respectively have left a growing section of the Arsenal fan base disillusioned.
But Garde, who’s Lyon side take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League later this evening, believes things must be put into perspective when judging Wenger’s season.
“I think that Arsene Wenger is still a top class manager,” Garde said, Sky Sports report. "He has spent so many years at this club, he has brought so much to this club.”
Garde became Wenger’s first signing as Arsenal boss when he arrived at Highbury as a 30-year-old in 1996, and believes some fans have forgotten about the success Wenger has brought to the club.
"I can testify because I used to be one of his players. He brought so much to the club, even if he didn't win so many trophies.
"I think he deserves more respect than what he is getting at the moment. Of course we know football is a business that is judged on results, but I think he deserves more respect and he is still a world-class manager."