Wenger would have been sacked in Spain, insists Mel

The Spaniard says he admires the Frenchman's footballing philosophy but says he would not have been afforded as much time to implement his ideas in the Primera Division

West Brom boss Pepe Mel believes Arsene Wenger's trophy drought would have already cost the Frenchman his job in Spain.

The Gunners have not won a trophy under the Frenchman since the 2005 FA Cup, though they could end their wait for a trophy when they take on Hull in this year's FA Cup final on May 17.

But while Mel appreciates the Wenger's footballing philosophy, he admits is unsure whether such a barren run at such a big club would have been accepted in his home country.

With Gerardo Martino looking set to depart Barcelona in the summer after presiding over a campaign which appears certain to end without silverware, Mel believes Wenger has been fortunate to survive so long.

"I don't think Arsene would have survived in Spain," the 51-year-old coach told reporters.

"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."

West Brom will take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.