Arsene Wenger has labelled Liverpool's decision to sack Brendan Rodgers as irrational, claiming the Northern Irishman deserved better after coming so close to delivering the club's first Premier League title just two years ago.
Rodgers was dismissed soon after the Reds' 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday afternoon. The owners, Fenway Sports Group, were quick to declare that the decision to sack him was made before that Merseyside derby, which left Liverpool with 11 points from their first eight games.
As a result, Wenger, who arrived at Arsenal in 1996, has now been in charge of the Gunners longer than every other Premier League manager combined; but it is not an accolade the Frenchman enjoys owning.
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Indeed, Wenger has slammed FSG for making such a rash decision and can't understand why Rodgers was not given more time to turn things around.
In an interview with beIN Sports, he said: “Let’s not forget Liverpool has not won the championship since 1990. They won 18 championships and since 90 they have not won the championship.
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“They came the closest to winning it two years ago and now I don’t know why really, the rational reasons why they have made that decision so quickly. It’s difficult for me to understand.
“I’m surprised because first of all for me it’s very sad.
"I think when you lose your job in life, it’s difficult and on top of that after eight games it’s very, very difficult because if you start well and you have a bad moment during the season, people forgive you.
“But if you start wrong straight away you are questioned and that’s what happened to Brendan Rodgers.”
Wenger has taken his fair share of criticism as Arsenal manager, most notably from his fellow Premier League manager Jose Mourinho. But Emirates officials have chosen long-term stability over short-term gain, even if that means falling out of contention for major honours in the process.
It can only be sad for Wenger to see another manager fall by the wayside and not benefit from his past success, especially someone as talented as Rodgers.
The Gunners boss is sure to be happy with Liverpool's choice of replacement, however, as he shares a close relationship with German coach Jurgen Klopp.
The pair, who have met on numerous occasions in the Champions League, have taken every opportunity to sing one another's praises with Klopp famously referring to Wenger as 'Sir Arsene Wenger' in 2013.