Former Arsenal playmaker leaps to Arsene Wenger’s defence

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Samir Nasri has taken a swipe at Arsene Wenger’s critics as pressure goes on the under fire Arsenal manager.

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The Gunners have seen their title hopes fade dramatically in recent months, with a 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 first leg adding to the growing feeling of discontent among certain sections of the Emirates fanbase.

But Sevilla midfielder Nasri, who played for Wenger for three years before moving to Manchester City in 2011, defended his former coach in an interview with Sky Sports after the Rojiblancos’ 2-1 win over Leicester on Wednesday evening.

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“You cannot criticise a guy like that, it is impossible. Arsenal was a big club but he made it even bigger,” he said.

“People need to be fair. It is not because Arsenal don’t have success in the league that it’s his fault, that is the players who are on the pitch, it’s the players who do not get the results.

“It’s hard for me to say something about him because I owe him a lot of things. I came to the Premier League because of him and I have had a good career because of him too.

“He gave me confidence and he made me a better player and I just think all the players who played with him, when they left they became better players.

“I don’t think it’s him, there are a lot of things at Arsenal; the players, the board, that need to be checked out and not just Arsene.”

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