Arsene Wenger has claimed that former club Arsenal are in ‘good shape’, despite their dreadful start to the new season.
The Gunners are currently rock-bottom of the table having failed to register a point in their opening three games of the campaign, losing to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City all while failing to find the back of the net.
That disappointing start to the term has heaped more pressure on current boss Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard having come under fire last season after the club failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years.
The north London club’s current woes are a far cry from the heady heights of the Wenger era, which saw the Frenchman oversee three Premier League title triumphs and seven FA Cup successes, notably enjoying an intense rivalry with Manchester United in the late 90’s/ early 2000’s.
The high point of his stellar 22-year career with Arsenal came in the 2003/04 season, in which he guided the club to an ‘Invincible’ campaign in which they failed to lose a single game en route to the league title.
That remains the most recent league title triumph for the club, with the end of his tenure turning somewhat sour as the club began to lose ground on the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, with the veteran coach eventually stepping down in 2018.
Despite coming under fire in his final few years from sections of Gunners support, there have even been some calls for the former Monaco boss to return to the helm to steady the ship, although Wenger admitted that he is now merely a fan and believes that the club are in ‘good shape’.
“I’m 71. I’ve given this club the best years of my life. At the moment I’m just a fan,” Wenger told BILD. “Today the club is in good shape.
“They had two tough games (against Chelsea and Manchester City), the team has potential and I hope they can come back.”