London - Arsene Wenger has blasted media
speculation surrounding Louis van Gaal as disrespectful.
The Arsenal manager said on Wednesday that
he has "huge respect" for Van Gaal, his Manchester United
counterpart, and the Dutchman's previous success.
And Wenger refused to answer questions
about the future of Van Gaal amid speculation United could be lining up a move
to replace him with Jose Mourinho, who was recently sacked by Chelsea.
"I do not want to go into a world of
speculation," said Wenger.
"I personally have a huge respect for
Louis van Gaal and I think what is going on there is disrespectful.
"This guy has worked for 30 years in
football and has delivered unbelievable quality of work. I think it is a bit
disrespectful what is going on there.
"I think a lot has been made on that
(Mourinho's departure), and I do not need to add anything.
"I do not want anyone to lose their
job, my personal feelings on that front is that it is always sad when someone
loses their job."
It is not just Van Gaal, but Manuel
Pallegrini at Manchester City is rumoured to be under threat, with Spaniard Pep
Guardiola touted as a possible successor when he leaves Bayern Munich at the
end of the season.
And while Wenger said he would welcome
Guardiola in the Premier League, he said it was unfair for managers to announce
in advance their future plans.
"Yes, I would welcome (him) to the
competition," said Wenger.
"Personally I don't like the fact that
the managers come out so early for what they will do, because it's not
necessarily good for their own team, nor for the speculation about the managers
who are going through a little bit of a difficult patch.
"I think he is of course a top-quality
manager, nobody would dispute that. Not so much for what he has won already,
because Bayern won before, Barcelona still wins today.
"But I think about the positive
attitude he has towards the game and the fact he wants his team to play
football in a positive way. I respect that highly."
Arsenal, who beat third-placed Manchester
City 2-1 on Monday, travel to Southampton on Saturday where victory would take
them top of the Premier League if Leicester City fail to win at Liverpool.