The Lyon coach, who spent three years with the Gunners during the 1990s, leaps to the defence of the north Londoners' 63-year-old boss, insisting that he is still "world class"
The Gunners' trophy drought looks likely to be extended to eight years after defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 first leg, while they are facing a tough task just to finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for next year’s competition.
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"I think that Arsene Wenger is still a top-class manager," said the Lyon boss at the pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Europa League last-32 second-leg clash with Tottenham.
"He has spent so many years at this club, he has brought so much to this club.
"I can testify because I used to be one of his players. He brought so much to the club, even if he didn't win so many trophies.
"I think he deserves more respect than what he is getting at the moment. Of course we know football is a business that is judged on results but I think he deserves more respect and he is still a world-class manager."