Arsene Wenger is a victim of changing football standards, says Curbishley

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the match

The Gunners boss is under renewed pressure following an opening day defeat.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Alan Curbishley has told ESPN that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has become a victim of the changing climate in football.

Wenger is under immense pressure following Sunday's 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in their Premier League opener, in addition to a lack of activity in the transfer market.

The Gunners boss came in for further criticism for leaving defender Laurent Koscielny out of the squad for their clash against Liverpool, a decision that proved to backfire on the Frenchman.

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin dejected after the matchArsenal players look dejected after the match

But former Charlton manager Curbishley has jumped to Wenger's defence, saying that Wenger finds himself in a precarious situation due to the fact that he has spent 20 years with the Premier League giants, a position that builds more pressure.

"It's part of today and the media these days," said Curbishley, who was in charge at Charlton between 1991 and 2006.

"One banner in a 50,000 crowd will be highlighted. Fans know that now. It's a big influence on what goes on. I think that Arsene is in a situation now where's he been at a club an awful long time, a little like myself, a little like [former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson].

"Fergie had to win things every year, I had to survive in my situation, getting the club up to the Premier League and keeping them there.

Fulham coach Alan Curbishley in the standsAlan Curbishley in the stands

"Arsene's in a different position. It's not just about finishing in the top four any more.

"The Arsenal fans want to win something. I think the expectation levels are changing at the Emirates. If they are not going to be reached, they are going to get criticism."

Curbishley's comments certainly put the pressure on Wenger into further perspective, and highlight the changing demands of fans as a crutch against Wenger.

Perhaps it is too early to predict where Arsenal will end up this season, but it cannot be denied that Wenger has work to do with his squad, whether by strengthening the side in the transfer market or relying on the return of senior players such as Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Koscielny.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejectedArsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks dejected

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch