Arsenal boss hails van Gaal and thinks United are title challengers once more

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Louis van Gaal as the Dutchman prepares to start his new job as Manchester United manager.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

In an exclusive interview with beIN SPORTS the 64-year-old Frenchman admitted that he had been impressed by the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup, and that he was looking forward to competing against van Gaal’s United next season.

Wenger revealed that he had watched van Gaal’s Dutch side play France back in March and felt the men in orange had been “second-best everywhere”. However, he had much more positive things to say about their showings in Brazil.

“I believe you have to give credit to van Gaal and his staff,” the Arsenal boss said. “Because I liked as well how the decisions he made were clear, how the timing of his decisions were always right and in my opinion it was the right decision every time. So in my opinion he deserves a lot of credit.”

The Netherlands may have fallen short in the quest for World Cup glory, but in their humbling of Spain in their opening group game, and in the substitutions that ultimately won the games against Mexico and Costa Rica, van Gaal proved to be a canny tactician…and a brave one.

And next up he will set about taking on the likes of Arsenal as United’s new man in the dugout.

So what does Wenger expect from the upcoming clashes between the two fierce rivals?

“I think he is going to be a fantastic manager in the Premier League and I am sure that United will be competitors this year for the championship and that will be more interesting. Because he can beat maybe Arsenal but them he might lose to Chelsea, then you’ve got Manchester City as well and Liverpool.

“So yes, it’s going to be an interesting league.”

Having signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, it could be argued that Arsenal have made the most emphatic transfer window statement to date; although Chelsea and United may disagree.

But one thing is for sure, the Frenchman and the Dutchman will have some fascinating contests in the seasons ahead.

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