Norwich City manager Alex Neil has said that he admires Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger due to his team’s style of play as he labels the Gunners the most entertaining side to watch, the Daily Mail reports.
Wenger is currently presiding over his 19th season in charge of the North London club, a truly remarkable achievement considering the cut-throat business of football in this day and age.
But it’s not the Frenchman’s longevity which makes him outstanding, it’s the success which he has brought to Arsenal using an entertaining style of play which most would abandon at the first sight of failure.
Speaking about his opposite number, Neil said that he feels Wenger is certainly up there with the best in the business and says Wenger’s expansive style of football is what he admires most.
“The reason he is regarded as one of the best-ever managers who has been in the game is that ability to keep turning teams around over a number of years and still be successful,” the Daily Mail quotes Neil as saying.
“It is not even the longevity that I admire. It is the way his teams play, it is fantastic to watch. You want to see teams be expressive and expansive and open the game up to entertain. I don't think there is any better than Arsenal.”
While Wenger is certainly a role model for younger managers such as Neil, his desire to play a certain way at Arsenal isn’t to everybody’s taste and has come in for criticism by leading pundits.
The Gunners are very much in the title race this season, but the injury to Francis Coquelin leaves them extremely short in midfield in terms of having a dominant, tough-tackling alternative.
Wenger’s decision not to buy a Morgan Schneiderlin or Sami Khedira type midfielder may now haunt him, with his persistence in flair players a potential vulnerability over the winter months.