Former Arsenal defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst has labelled Arsene Wenger as the best coach in the world, despite a tough start to the season for the Frenchman.
Four defeats from their opening seven Barclays Premier League games has led many to predict that the Gunners will fail to qualify for the Champions League this season, yet alone challenge for the title.
But Van Bronckhorst, who spent two years without the club from 2001 to 2003 says Wenger's previous success makes him equipped to turn results around.
“Look at what he's achieved and how his philosophy has been an example to millions," he said.
“But you never know what might happen if the pressure grows from the outside world.
“That 8-2 loss against Manchester United was quite something. There has been a lot of pressure to perform ever since though and even an institution could fall.
"I say that he's the best coach in the world. If he's fired, you can say money beats vision."
The clubs's dismal start to the season, which saw defeats by Liverpool, Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers compounded by their loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby, sees them in 15th in the league, as they stare down the barrel of their worst finish since Wenger became manager in 1996.
Injuries to some of Wenger's key players hasn't helped matter either, with Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna both out until the new year, while Abou Diaby has yet to feature this season.