Arsenal latest: Ex-Gunners star backs Wenger amid pressure from fans

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Campbell backs Wenger

Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United has once again piled the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger after a disappointing start to the season.

The Gunners sit in eighth place with 17 points from 12 games, and many fans are suggesting that it's time for a new ideas in the Arsenal dugout, but former centre back Sol Campbell has backed the Frenchman.

"The ability of Wenger to identify new talent is extraordinary: he initiated the change in football here," said Campbell when asked over Wenger's ability as a manager.

Wenger speaks out on Wilshere injury

In that 2-1 loss to United, midfielder Jack Wilshere suffered an ankle injury, leading to his immediate substitution in the second half - and Wenger admitted that the England international will not only miss Wednesday's clash with Borussia Dortmund, but will also be out for 'a few games'.

"I cannot give you any time schedule there because he will be out for a while and he has to see a specialist next week to see how long he will be out. We don't know at the moment," said Wenger.

"He has a big ankle sprain and I don't want to talk about it because I am not a specialist medically," he added. "The first news is they have told us that he will be out for the next few games. [To find out] for how long, we will need to see a specialist."

Out of favour forward linked with exit

Despite Arsenal's struggles, Wenger has given little consideration to play Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell - despite his superb displays at this summer's World Cup.

Now, Galatasaray manager Cesare Prandelli has admitted that he tried to sign him this summer, along with a number of other players such as Alexandre Pato, Eder Balanta and Alex Song.

"When I took over we were in talks with Pato, Ibarbo, Doria, Balanta, Marcelo, Douglas, Campbell and Song," said Prandelli.

"We wanted at least two out of these names. However, two weeks after joining board member Ebru Koksal informed me that we lacked the financial muscle to pull off these moves," he added. "We accepted the situation, did not complain, rolled up our sleeves and tried to make the best out of the situation."

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