Pep Guardiola speaks of respect for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Pep Guardiola speaks of his respect for Arsène Wenger ahead of Bayern Munich's trip to Arsenal on Wednesday

The Sport Review staff
By    
pep guardiola
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Pep Guardiola has spoken of his respect for Arsene Wenger ahead of Bayern Munich’s Champions League clash against the Gunners.

The Frenchman has recently been branded a “specialist in failure” by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho due to not having led the north Londoners to a trophy since 2005.

His teams have his quality and I have to admire the quality of my opponents

Pep Guardiola

But Guardiola has come out in defence of the Arsenal boss ahead of the last-16 first-leg game at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

“My opinion on Arsene is that I have a lot of respect [for him],” Guardiola said. “His teams have his quality and I have to admire the quality of my opponents.

“We are going to play one team that has all the season been up [leading the league], so now they are third or second in the league, but in the beginning [they were] there.

“It is a typical team that always puts in a good performance in the Champions League.

“The last eight, nine or 10 years they have been in the Champions League and they are a special team with [Santi] Cazorla, [Mesut] Ozil, [Jack] Wilshere, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Aaron] Ramsey.

“They always have good midfield players, with combinations. You [we] have to be good in both sides in our defensive movements and try to understand their game.”

Get 4/1 enhanced odds on Man United to beat Zorya tonight. Hurry, offer ends soon! Click here to sign up for an account now. T&Cs apply.

MORE: Get TREBLE the odds on any sports bet. T&Cs apply

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

Slideshow
The Sport Review
Top 30 highest-paid Premier League players: Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
Slideshow
The Sport Review
15 Chelsea January transfer targets: Di Maria, Hazard, Lukaku, Verratti and more
The Sport Review
Neymar: 20 photos of Barcelona striker’s beautiful sister
The Sport Review
Top 26 Christian footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd players feature
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Barcelona player wages 2016: Can you guess how much Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez earn?
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
15 Chelsea January transfer targets: Di Maria, Hazard, Lukaku, Verratti and more
The Sport Review
Top 25 most stylish footballers: Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Steven Gerrard: Why I would have liked to play with this Arsenal star, I love him
The Sport Review
IPTL 2016: Ana Ivanovic ends injury-marred 2016 with return to court in Singapore
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard: I’ve made this agreement with Diego Costa at Chelsea