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Arsenal boss Wenger sorry Holloway left Palace

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was sorry to see Ian Holloway depart from Crystal Palace.

Holloway left the south London club by mutual consent on Wednesday after his side had taken just three points from their first eight games this season.

"I feel that it's very harsh on Ian Holloway because he has done exceptionally well with Crystal Palace to get them up to the Premier League," said Wenger. "It's very difficult to do that and I find it very quick and very early to separate from Ian Holloway. For me, he has exceptional talent to manage a football team.

"He is a football man. He has something that belongs to him that he is special but you feel there is a strength in there that can take people on board with him.

"When you go through defeat after defeat when you want absolutely everything to win, it can drain you down. That can happen to everybody and when you are a bit older you can maybe deal with it a little bit better. But what is the killer in our job is to lose a succession of games and when you lose five, six or seven on the trot that is difficult to swallow."

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