Sir Alex Ferguson sends message to Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger signs new deal

Sir Alex Ferguson tells Arsenal fans that they should have faith in their club's decision to back Arsene Wenger

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson Photo: The Sport Review

Sir Alex Ferguson has told Arsenal fans that they should respect the fact that Arsene Wenger has been in charge for so long at the club.

The north London side confirmed on Wednesday that Wenger had signed a new two-year contract with the Gunners to keep him at The Emirates until the summer of 2019 at the earliest.

Wenger’s situation at Arsenal had been a relentless source of speculation during the season as he remained coy whenever quizzed about his future.

However, the Frenchman has opted to stay at Arsenal for a further two years in a move that is likely to split Gunners fans.

Ferguson was in charge at Manchester United for more than 25 years before he called time on his glittering career at Old Trafford back in 2013.

And the Scot believes that Arsenal’s long-term approach can bring success to the club.

Ferguson told Uefa.com: “It’s very difficult for young coaches today – not to mention the time they get.

“I was lucky that, at United, I had Bobby Charlton and Martin Edwards who believed in what I was doing, and they supported me really strongly. And it worked.

“There’s no evidence that changing your manager gives you success. There is evidence with the likes of Arsene Wenger, myself and Brian Clough that long-termism can work.

“Any coach today, going into the game, has to be aware that it’s a serious results industry. You can lose three games and be out of a job.

“That’s why I applaud the young coaches of today, for having the courage to go into this industry.”

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup this season.

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