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Pepe Mel: Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger Would Have Been Sacked In Spain

Mel reckons that lengthy trophy drought would have seen Wenger dismissed in La Liga.

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West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel has said that Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger would have been sacked by now if were managing a La Liga club.

Wenger, who is the longest-serving manager in England, has lifted the Premier League three times and won the FA Cup on four occasions since taking charge of the Gunners in October 1996.

However, the North London outfit have not won a major trophy since 2005 and Mel, who was dismissed by Real Betis in December, does not think that the board of a top club in Spain would put up with such a drought.

“I don’t think Arsene would have survived in Spain,” ITV Sport quote Mel as saying. “Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid is a good example. Three months ago he was under real pressure and now they are in the Champions League final.

“In Spain, England and Germany it is always the same, the head coach lives for the results.

“But I’m not surprised Arsene is still in a job as I agree with Arsenal. He has a good philosophy.”

Arsenal can end their trophyless run by beating Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium on May 17.

The Gunners have lost three finals since winning their last piece of silverware.

A 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final was followed by a loss to Chelsea by the scoreline in the 2007 League Cup final.

In 2011, Arsenal fell at the League Cup’s last hurdle again, losing to Birmingham City, who were relegated from the Premier League just months after their shock Wembley win.


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