Gary Neville acknowledges Arsene Wenger is on shaky ground but the former Manchester United captain would love to see Arsenal stand by their under-fire manager.
Dark clouds have descended on Wenger and the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal’s humiliating Champions League last-16 exit was sealed by another 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger has also failed to win the league since 2004, which prompted many Arsenal fans to warrant a change in the managerial position at Arsenal.
But former England international Neville – who won eight Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns among many other honours during his illustrious career at Old Trafford – wants Wenger to be given a chance to prove his critics wrong.
Speaking to Omnisport, the 42-year-old said: “There is no doubt there is a lot of suffering [experienced by] Wenger in terms of the exposure, attention, the scrutiny. It’s actually uncomfortable.
“Ultimately, it is a decision for the board and Wenger.
“I made my stance very clear when I finished playing football. I would never ask a player to be sacked based on performance and I would never ask a manager to be sacked based upon performance.”
“In a time when managers get sacked every five minutes, when you think of the Claudio Ranieri sacking this season, I’d love Arsenal to stand by him and somehow prove everyone wrong in the next few seasons.”