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Arsene Wenger refused to criticise under-fire Arsenal boss Unai Emery, as he insisted he still supports his old side.
Emery is currently under significant pressure at Arsenal after a poor stretch of results.
The Gunners have won just once in their last six games in all competitions, leaving Emery teetering on the verge of the sack.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be in line to take over if chiefs at the Emirates opt to pull the trigger, with the ex-Manchester United coach ready to return to management.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS, though, Wenger refused to speak out against Emery and instead gave his full backing to his former side.
“I don’t talk a lot about Arsenal, I just support them,” he said.
“I’m a supporter who wants a team to win, so that’s all.
“For me it’s very difficult to have any assessment on Arsenal because it will be straight away interpreted when you’ve been at the club for such a long time.
“So I’m just a supporter, when they don’t win I’m not happy, when they win I’m very happy.”
Wenger was then asked about Emery’s dealing of the Granit Xhaka situation, after the Swiss ace was removed as club captain following a clash with fans.
And Wenger had sympathy for the difficulty of Emery’s decision, and talked up the north Londoners as a team with “class”.
“As a manager you have to face these kind of decisions,” Wenger said.
“We always face the unexpected as a manager, you have to make quick decisions.
“I think Arsenal Football Club is respected all over the world because it’s built on values and everyone has to respect these values and the manager has to get them to be respected.
“Arsenal, for me, had always had a touch of class, for me football today in the modern era has a huge responsibility on the way we behave, the way were are examples, Arsenal are part of the big clubs in the world and we have to show that.”