Arsenal: Arsene Wenger tips coaching compatriot for Aston Villa

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Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Arsene Wenger has tipped his compatriot Remi Garde for the Aston Villa job.

The French coach has been the favourite for the job at Villa Park since Tim Sherwood was dismissed last weekend. However, the club are yet to finalise an appointment, and it remains to be seen if the Birmingham giants will eventually get their mind.

In light of the delay, Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier has emerged as another contender for the top job at Villa Park.

With the Midlands outfit in Premier League action again on Monday night when they take on Tottenham Hotspur, Randy Lerner must act quickly if he is to have a new place.

If the American owner listens to Wenger, he would have no hesitation about plumping for former Olympique Lyonnais coach Garde, although he may well be stung by the Arsenal coach’s criticism.

“Honestly, I had a lot of respect for the coaches of Villa,” Arsenal boss Wenger began, speaking at a press conference, as reported by Le 10 Sport. “I don’t think [Tim] Sherwood was given enough time, nor [Paul] Lambert.

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“Remi is an intelligent boy who already has a lot of experience. He would bring the ideas that would allow him to work well.

“There are five or six French players who haven’t had the impact that they should have had.”

Garde has some experience of English football having played briefly under Wenger at Arsenal.

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