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Ahead of taking on the Gunners on Tuesday night at The Hawthorns, the Baggies manager has praised his Arsenal counterpart.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has today acknowledged his great admiration for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and feels that those supporters giving the Frenchman a hard time currently should be a little more patient.

Mowbray, whose team are known for playing a passing game similar to the Gunners, spoke out after Albion were beaten 2-0 yesterday at Goodison Park by Everton, and feels that Wenger's policy of buying young, rather than established talent will bear fruit in the long term.

"You look at teams like Manchester United and Chelsea, and vast sums of money have been spent on world class players. Arsenal haven’t really followed that pattern," he told West Midlands newspaper The Sunday Mercury today.

"Mr Wenger has his own philosophy about how to play the game. He has to be 100 per cent sure he is bringing in the right quality and the right personnel to his club so he takes his time on his signings."

Albion welcome the Gunners to the West Midlands on Tuesday night, with Wenger's men now six points behind Aston Villa in fourth place, and a massive 17 behind leaders Manchester United.

Mowbray acknowledges that they are not as strong as they were in the past, but still have some high-class performers on which to call, when they are all fit.

"Arsenal aren’t the same Arsenal they were with Vieira, Petit and Henry of course and yet they have Fabregas who is, I would suggest, one of the best players in the world. He has been missing from their team," the Baggies boss continued.

"I think it is easy for the media to try and apply pressure to clubs like Arsenal. Without their best players it is very difficult to compete right at the top.

"Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have such huge squads that cost a lot of money. While Arsenal have spent money on the likes of Arshavin and Nasri recently, they are young players and I am pretty sure, like Fabregas, they will light up the Premier League when the time comes for them."

And Mowbray concluded by stating that it was the Red Devils' seemingly unmatchable power, both in terms of cash and stature, that made them so hard to match.

"Whether United’s spending power and size just takes them away from everybody else we will have to wait and see," he said.

"But at the moment it looks like United are too powerful for everybody. Arsenal are getting judged on that."

Arsenal travel to West Brom on Tuesday evening, kick-off 19:45 GMT.

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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