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The former goalkeeper, a fixture between the sticks in his Highbury days, is looking forward to further development from Wenger's young team...

Arsenal goalkeeping hero John Lukic, who made 228 appearances for the north London club in two spells has today spoken about how he expects the Gunners' current youthful squad to mature over the coming seasons.

He also highlighted the role manager Arsene Wenger has played in the continuing development of the club, and finds it absurd that some people seem to think that the Frenchman should be sacked because of the club's trophyless spell.

"They’re still in three competitions so, given what they’ve had to contend with, it’s not been a failure," Lukic told Setanta Sports’ Friday Football Show

"If he can get the players back he needs between now and the end of the season I think they’ll probably end up with some silverware.

"They need to grow as people as well as players and I think that comes with experience. Over the next few years that’s what you’ll see coming through.

"[Wenger has] revolutionised this football club. It’s very easy to fire a football manager but then who do you get in? They’re all question marks.

"The easiest thing is to fire someone but I can’t imagine that’s ever been talked about [with Wenger]. When you look at the job he does, I don’t think there’s any vindication in that at all."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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