‘Arsene Wenger deserves respect for an amazing job at Arsenal’

Steve Bruce heaps praise on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of Hull's clash with the Gunners on Sunday

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: Back Page Images

Steve Bruce has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger ahead of his Hull City side’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners boss has found himself under fire in recent weeks after the north London side’s Premier League title bid fell apart to leave them fighting for a top-four finish.

However, Arsenal still have the chance to win the FA Cup after reaching next month’s final – and Bruce believes that the signing of Mesut Ozil last summer signals the club’s ambitions.

I imagine those who employ him will be doing everything in their power to keep him at the club

Steve Bruce

“It was great to see them signing someone like Ozil,” said Bruce. “Looking from afar, it seems they spent eight or nine years funding the new stadium and were not able to compete at the top level in the transfer market.

“But paying all that money for Ozil was a statement that they are now ready to challenge the biggest clubs in Europe for any outstanding talent that becomes available. It sends out a real message, because he is a terrific player, a real danger to any team he comes up against. In fact, I just hope he is on the bench for a long, long time on Sunday.

“He’s not the only one who has had injury problems this season. Arsenal have been without some top players, like Ozil, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, but they are still on course for another top-four finish.

“Arsene hasn’t spent on anything like the same scale as some of the big clubs, yet Arsenal are always competing in semi-finals and even finals in the Champions’ League, as well as for honours on the domestic front. How people can question him, when you look at his record, baffles me.

“The guy has done an amazing job in 17 years at Highbury and The Emirates. Sixteen of those have ended with a top-four finish, and that is remarkable.

“I’ve huge respect for him, and I imagine those who employ him will be doing everything in their power to keep him at the club, because they know the tremendous job he’s done.”

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