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'You have to question Arsenal's players' - Gilberto Silva backs under-fire Wenger

'You have to question Arsenal's players' - Gilberto Silva backs under-fire Wenger

The 35-year-old shot stopper had won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield, Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea before joining Arsenal in 2015.

The Gunners' boss shuffled his pack for the visit of struggling Stoke on Sunday with one eye on the Europa League quarter-final first leg against CSKA Moscow on Thursday. Arsène Wenger has previously suggested the club have made him a take-it-or-leave-it offer and, at the moment, it looks as though the midfielder will do the latter. Look, I picked a team who has two opportunities: one to win the game and secondly for some players who travelled a lot, played two global games to recover. He takes an terrible lot of stick off a lot of people and he's just one of the great managers.

"I felt so good and in good form that it would be a waste to sit on the bench". It's as big as I've ever seen.

There are many Arsenal fans who feel Wenger, appointed Arsenal manager in September 1996, has overstayed his welcome for an awfully long time, or that the title drought has been both very bad and prolonged, but Bould was confident there would be plenty to cheer about before the end of the season. "He's doing a great job, as far as I'm concerned and has done a great job for an awfully long time".

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He pulled out of Gareth Southgate's England squad during the recent global break with a knee problem but the player has trained and is in contention to face Stoke at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

"The more games we can win now the better the season becomes and what happens in the end is what happens", he said.

But Stoke's midfield dynamo Joe Allen arrived looking fresh as a daisy, and manager Paul Lambert said: "It wouldn't have surprised me if Joe ran back from China and was still fit as a fiddle. He's a manager's dream". He has a lot of belief in his players and whenever you want to talk to him about something his door's always open - you can always walk in.

Stoke certainly know what it takes to beat Arsenal as they won 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium back in August 2017, but a trip to north London is a different story entirely.


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