Arsenal's Arsene Wenger Backs Moyes


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he thinks David Moyes will succeed as Manchester United manager given time.

Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson - who won 13 Premier League titles in 27 years - in July but is struggling to emulate the Scot, with United currently seventh in the Premier League.

"When a person has been at a club for such a long time, it's always a void created when he goes," said Wenger.

"But I believe Moyes, if given time, will do that perfectly.

" United take on second-placed Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday with 14 points between the two sides, and the Old Trafford club are nine points off the Champions League places.

Their problems this season were compounded when they were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom club Fulham on Sunday following Darren Bent's injury-time equaliser for the Cottagers.

"You need time and patience," said Wenger.
"You need to be in a strong club.
[Moyes] is in a strong club and I think he will be given time to do it.

" The Gunners were beaten 5-1 at Liverpool last Saturday and they will be hoping to reassert their title credentials against United.

"You cannot consider one game as the trend of our season," said Wenger.

"It was an accident, not welcome of course and a disappointing one, but a successful season is decided by how you respond to that.

"We tend always to forget how good we are when we are not successful.

"It is important to remember that until now we have done very well, that we are in front of a very important week for us and that we have worked very hard until now to get into this position.

"I love this group of players.
They deserve success and I think they will respond in a very positive way on Wednesday.

" The Frenchman added: "It's safer for us to focus on our performance than to expect any weakness from Manchester United.