Former Arsenal midfielder Pires backs Wenger as manager

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires is backing Arsene Wenger to bring success to the club after seven years without a trophy.

The 39-year-old said: "For me, I always believe in Wenger."

"Everyone knows the task is to qualify for the Champions League again next season. The team has been too inconsistent this season to do much more."

"Against Manchester City recently it was very difficult and against Swansea a few days later Arsenal were better but there have been too many games where they are up and down."

Pires also defended striker Olivier Giroud, who has scored nine goals in 30 appearances since joining from Montpellier in the summer.

He added: "The people need to give Olivier time. I know he is a good player."

"It is very difficult to adapt from French football and everyone needs time, even Thierry [Henry] did in the first half of his first season at the club."

"I would tell supporters to relax, Olivier will score goals."

 

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