Arsenal should rename the Emirates the Arsene Wenger Stadium, says Pardew

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger have not always seen eye to eye but the Magpies manager believes Wenger has done enough at the Emirates to get the stadium renamed in his honour.

The two Premier League managers have clashed several times in the past, but in the wake of fierce criticism of Wenger from some sections of the Gunners support, Pardew has jumped to the defence of his erstwhile rival.

"The stadium should be renamed after Arsenal," Pardew said as reported by The Guardian. "The job he did with that move across from Highbury, when he had all that debt and had to be very careful with his transfer budget, was incredible.

"It was a miracle that he kept them in the Champions League."

Arsenal have qualified for Europe's elite competition every season under Wenger's management, but after defeat to Stoke last weekend the Frenchman was slammed by Arsenal supporters as he travelled by train back to London.

The video clip went viral amid mounting pressure on Wenger, although that was somewhat eased by the 4-1 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League in mid-week.

And Pardew has accused the Arsenal fans who criticised Wenger of 'disrespect', and believes the majority of Gunners fans stand behind their manager.

"The incident at the train station was totally disrespectful," Pardew continued. "I think 90 per cent of Arsenal fans would have been ashamed of that and we could get the backlash of it.

"The crowd on Saturday will want to show how much they love him. After Sir Alex Ferguson he's the best manager in Premier League history. Jose Mourinho hasn't done enough yet."

Arsenal v Newcastle

Newcastle travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal this weekend, and the Magpies will be handing a first start to young goalkeeper Jak Alnwick following injuries to Rob Elliot and Tim Krul.

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