Champions League

Ribery has sympathy for 'great manager' Wenger

2017-03-07 18:58
Franck Ribery (AFP)

Bayern Munich forward Frank Ribery believes under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still has plenty to offer European football at the highest level.

The Gunners face off against Ribery's side on Tuesday evening, having to attempt to overturn a four-goal deficit at the Emirates Stadium, following their first-leg 5-1 loss at the Allianz Arena.

With the slim possibilities of progressing through to the next round, it could be the seventh consecutive time the Premier League side falls at the last-16 hurdle of the continental club competition.

The unwanted record for Wenger, along with their frailties in their domestic league, with their last title coming in the 2003/04 season, fans and former players have urged the veteran manager to step down from the position he's held for the past two decades.

"It's a difficult situation for Arsene. We should not forget what he has done, all the titles he has won," Ribery said in the pre-match press conference.

"He is a great manager with everything he has done. I can only congratulate him on his great career and he is not finished yet. But it's very difficult for him, it's not easy.

"But he has to continue with this team. He has lots of experience and that's why I believe we have to be careful because he can motivate his players and that's very dangerous for us."

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti also added that he felt Arsene Wenger deserves more respect after being in charge at Arsenal for more than 20 years.

Wenger has come under increasing pressure this season with another failed title bid and having also lost their place in the top-four positions in the league after Saturday's loss to Liverpool.

The Gunners mentor on Monday also had to deny that he had a training ground bust-up with Alexis Sanchez after the Chile international was left on the bench for the clash against the Reds.

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