Pardew: I hope Arsenal win the Champions League this season

Alan Pardew says Arsene Wenger "deserves" to win the Champions League with Arsenal this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Alan Pardew's side finished 16th in the Premier League last term Photo: Back Page Images

Alan Pardew believes that Arsene Wenger “deserves” to win the Champions League with Arsenal this season.

The Gunners face a tough test in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition after they were pitted against holders Bayern Munich in the first knockout round.

I think clubs can learn from Arsenal. What a job Arsene has done

Alan Pardew

Wenger has so far failed to guide the north Londoners to European glory, despite his Arsenal side reaching the 2006 final, where they lost to Barcelona.

And Newcastle boss Pardew feels that winning the competition would be fitting reward for Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996.

“Football is a world market and maybe Arsene Wenger saw that before other managers or chairmen. In that respect, we owe him a debt,” Pardew is quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror.

“I think clubs can learn from Arsenal. What a job Arsene has done. No-one can ever take away from him what he has achieved, especially that ‘Invincibles’ season.

“I really hope he wins the Champions League this season. I think he deserves it for the career he’s had.

“I think longevity is ­important, I really do. There is a lot of decision-making for managers these days and only an experienced manager can make those calls. But a lot of decisions are being taken away from us…not particularly at Newcastle but at other clubs.

“It’s hard to get longevity too because there’s not that loyalty. The game needs to look at that.”

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