Arsene Wenger defends Louis van Gaal's tactics

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended Louis van Gaal's tactics against West Ham, insisting that he would have no problem emulating the Manchester United chief if his side were in need of a late goal. 

As reported by ESPN, the Gunners boss, who has already been beaten by Van Gaal this term, has insisted that winning is the most important thing.

Using Fellaini 

Van Gaal, of course, came in for heavy criticism after his side appeared to play a number of long balls towards Belgian international Marouane Fellaini when they were trailing against Sam Allardyce's side. 

Ultimately, though, the Red Devils managed to score late on to secure a late point, and Wenger has backed his rival's tactics. 

Wenger insisted that there was no need for Van Gaal to defend himself after the West Ham clash, as the Gunners chief told reporters: "There was no reason [to]. A big club has a responsibility to win and try to win with style - but first try to win.

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"I didn't understand really what the problem was. Man United went a bit longer in the last 10 minutes. I found it completely logical.

"If I am in a game in the last five minutes, we have a free-kick and we have three monsters up front, I do not say: 'Play a short ball.'

"A team goes naturally from its strong points, and an intelligent team knows how to exploit its strong points."

Giroud presence 

In fact, speaking after his side's victory over Championship outfit Middlesborough yesterday, Wenger insisted that his side are able to go long when Frenchman Olivier Giroud is in the side.

The Arsenal boss continued by saying:  "When we have Giroud on the pitch, the players understand quickly that we can play a bit longer, we can cross the ball more, because he will win the ball in the air.

"I don't even think Van Gaal said to them [United]: 'Go longer'. When they saw Fellaini on the pitch, the guy at the back said: 'I'll kick it to Fellaini and [Robin] van Persie or [Wayne] Rooney can score the goal.' It's normal."

Wenger's right but United need more 

To an extent, Wenger is right. After all, it's a results business, but Manchester United fans will no doubt be demanding more from their side over the upcoming weeks and months. 

In truth, despite a number of positive results, United have failed to produce the goods in terms of performances throughout the course of the campaign. United fans have endured a number of lacklustre performances under the Dutch regime, so fans will be hoping that things improve sooner rather than later.

United, of course, have the opportunity to perform this evening as they take on League One outfit Preston North End in the FA Cup. 

Manchester United fans: What do you think of Van Gaal's tactics? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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