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Overmars throws support behind Wenger

Former Arsenal star Marc Overmars says the club’s fans need to unite behind manager Arsene Wenger.

Former Arsenal star Marc Overmars says the club’s fans need to unite behind manager Arsene Wenger.

Cup humiliation at the hands of Bradford City and Blackburn, combined with a timid Champions League first-leg submission at home to Bayern Munich last month, have all but condemned the Gunners to eight years without a trophy.

But, as they prepare to visit Spurs for a north London derby on Sunday, Overmars said the club needs to embrace Wenger, who he sees as a master coach.

“If you look at the results, you can say it’s a crisis,” he told Goal.com.

“I understand the fans. If you are a supporter of your club, you want to win something every year and if you don’t win anything for six or seven years or even longer, the fans get a bit critical.”

“They should still support Mr Wenger and the board.

“They had unbelievably good years before and it’s still possible that in the future they can create a new team that reaches that level.

“I understand the situation of the fans but they still have to support the club.”

The Arsenal board have reportedly revealed a 70 million-pound summer transfer fund for the manager to spend as he wishes.

But for Overmars, the idea that splashing the cash can cure his former club’s ills is a misguided one.

“These days it’s very difficult because the whole world is searching for young talents,” he said.

“I work with Ajax and I can see everyone searching for the best players in the world from the age of 15 or 16 years old.

“It’s not about spending. Of course you can spend if you buy the right players. But you can’t just spend to get out of a crisis. That’s the wrong way.”

Sat 2 March, 2013
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