Arsenal fans were given a chance to bask in former glories on Saturday when a club legends XI played out a 4-2 win over AC Milan's own former players at the Emirates.
However, the sight of Freddie Ljungberg, Mark Overmans, Robert Pires and co. strutting their Arsenal fans were given a chance to bask in former glories on Saturday when a club legends XI played out a 4-2 win over AC Milan's own former players at the Emirates.
But, whilst Arsene Wenger's current handling of the club continues to split opinion amongst Gooners, one legend in particular was more than happy to leap to his defence this weekend. That's after Pires offered a word of warning to those Arsenal fans unhappy with their long-standing manager.
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"I believe in this team, this squad and of course in Arsene Wenger," Arsenal's ex-midfielder said, via The Mirror.
“I know a lot of fans are critical about Arsene. But this is our philosophy, to spend not a lot of money, compared to United, City or Chelsea.
“I think the quality is there. This is my opinion, but when you see all the names at Arsenal, the quality is unbelievable. Because sometimes I am training with the guys and the team is very, very good.
“We need maybe luck for this season and let’s hope and cross our fingers.”
The late summer arrivals of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez did much to appease those Arsenal fans who had become increasingly frustrated with their team's lack of activity in the transfer window.
However, with four points from their opening three Premier League fixtures, there is still a long way to go before Wenger can win around all of his doubters this season.
Wenger, then, will appreciate that one of his former players - and a man who is still held in extremely high regard by Gooners - has come out to bat for him this weekend.
Nevertheless, whilst it is all well and good for Pires, Wenger and co. to highlight Arsenal's unique methods, if they aren't able to back it up with results then the doubters will only increase.
Now that Mustafi and Perez are on board, fans of the north London club will be more confident that their team can compete with the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Only time will tell, though, whether Pires is right to claim that, with a bit of luck, Arsenal can achieve something in 2016-17.
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