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
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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.”

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