It appears Arsenal fans will have to wait a little longer to see the back, or exit of manager Arsene Wenger as West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis is in no doubt that the Frenchman will continue managing until his final days.
Pulis believes those Arsenal supporters who are keen to see Wenger’s 20-year-old reign end when his contract expires at the end of the season, are in for an unpleasant surprise as they could end up waiting for another six years, Goal
Ahead of their Premier League clash at the Hawthorns Saturday, the West Brom manager gave his full backing to the under-pressure Frenchman whom he believes is “football nuts”.
“I get the feeling that Arsene most probably wants to be carried out in a box still managing a football club because that is the way he is,” said Pulis.
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“He is football nuts. I really do think people at Arsenal have given him total trust. He will go down in history as the greatest Arsenal manager and I think he wants to manage for another five or six years by the sounds of it.
“I think he is a great manager and he has been fantastic. If you go back from when he started right through to a period of time where now people are complaining they haven’t won the championship for a period of time and that just get to a certain stage in Europe.
“He is still managing one of great teams in Europe and they could finish in the top four and win the FA Cup. That would be a real tail-off!”
Tony Pulis, who has been involved in some intense battles with Wenger, said he has nothing but respect for the Frenchman’s side.
“‘It is just two competitive people getting on with their lives and having a bit of a scrap here and there,” he continued.
“We will respect them. They are a top, top side – very talented. It is just about making sure you stay with them and stay in the game.”
The Baggies are eighth on the log, three places behind Arsenal who have lost three of their last four league matches coming into this tie.