Villas-Boas: Wenger is suffering because of past Arsenal success
Saturday 17 November 2012
Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas believes part of the reason Arsene Wenger has come under pressure at Arsenal is the legacy of his past successes at the club, according to the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal supporters have in large swathes grown disgruntled with the club’s form this season, after a summer that saw captain Robin van Persie sold to Manchester United and midfielder Alex Song leave for Barcelona. The Gunners currently find themselves a place and a point behind Tottenham, with the sides due to meet on Saturday in the season’s first north London derby.
Villas-Boas was complimentary to his opposite number, however, describing Wenger as “one of the greatest managers of all time” and warning the unhappy sections of the Arsenal support that if Wenger was forced out of the club, there is no guarantee his successor would be able to do a better job.
The former Chelsea boss added: “He has raised the expectations by being a winner in the past. What people expect from Arsenal and what Arsenal fans expect is seeing trophies and seeing them back where Wenger put them in the past. Certainly he might be paying the price for the expectations that he arose.”
In his 16 years at Arsenal, Wenger has overseen three Premier League title victories and four FA Cups, with Arsenal doing the double in 1997-98 and 2001-02. The club have not though won the title since 2004, with the FA Cup in 2005 the last trophy of any sort claimed by Wenger’s team.
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