Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has jumped to the defence of manager Arsene Wenger.
The French free agent, who spent six-years with the Gunners under Arsene Wenger and was part of the club's 'invincibles', can understand the criticism placed at the manager's door after the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United.
However, Pires is certain that Wenger would have had no thoughts about leaving the club, and is confident his compatriot can turn things around at the Emirates.
"I have known Arsene for many years and he is not the type of coach who will give up at the first sight of a problem," said the former Arsenal star.
"If people thought that after the 8-2 at Old Trafford he would leave, they are wrong. He did not go and will continue to the end with his ideas.
"The season is long and Arsenal still have room for improvement."
Pires does admit a fear over the Gunners' ability to compete with the very best in the Barclays Premier League though, and his is a fear shared by many of the club's supporters after last weekend's defeat.
"At the moment, Arsenal will struggle to compete with the big teams and that's what scares me. The current team – that was good last season – is missing parts."
Wenger will get his first chance to try and put things right, as well as look at his deadline day signings, when Arsenal face Swansea on Saturday.
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