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
"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.
more respect after being in charge at Arsenal for more than 20 years.
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.