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Arsene Wenger: 'All managers must face the wrath of the fans'


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger accepts all managers face a "permanent tribunal", wherever their team is in the table.

The Gunners will be out to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on track against Newcastle in Saturday's late kick-off at the Emirates Stadium, having produced an impressive display when beating Galatasaray 4-1 in their midweek Champions League tie in Istanbul.

It was not so long ago the Newcastle fans all appeared united in their desire to see manager Alan Pardew sacked as the club looked set to ensure a drawn-out relegation battle.

However, following an upturn in fortunes which saw the Magpies knock Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup and last weekend end Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season, Pardew is now very much flavour of the month - his side are level on points with Arsenal in seventh place.

Gunners boss Wenger, who continues to see his own position questioned by some Arsenal supporters, accepts such highs and lows come with the territory.

"Society is like it is today. You want to win the next game. It is a permanent tribunal from everybody, and it is as it is. You have to cope with that," said Wenger, who last season presided over his 1,000th match in charge at Arsenal.

"I have sympathy for every manager who suffers."

The 65-year-old French coach came in for harsh personal criticism following the 3-2 defeat at Stoke last Saturday, when he was jeered by a small group of Arsenal fans as the players boarded their train back to London.

Pardew slammed that treatment as "totally disrespectful", and claimed Arsenal should name their stadium after Wenger in recognition of his achievements.

Wenger, who had a touchline row with Pardew when he was West Ham manager in 2006, responded: "I am very thankful for compliments, but I don't want anything. I don't deserve that one thing.

"The one thing is to do well in my job for this club, which is what I always try to do."

Wenger has been impressed with Newcastle's response after a testing start.

"Alan Pardew has gone through a very difficult patch at Newcastle and he has dealt with it with strength and dignity. Fortunately he has been rewarded for it," Wenger said.

"They had a great result last week, they are doing well and they are on a good run. It will be a very interesting challenge for us.

"We have a good dynamic in our team, we won four of our last five games. We had one blip against Stoke, but overall I think we are on a good trend."

Arsenal have some defensive problems because of injuries and a one-match suspension for Calum Chambers, so right-back Mathieu Debuchy could be asked to move over to centre-half, the France international having just returned from three months out with an ankle problem.

Despite the loss of midfielder Aaron Ramsey to a hamstring injury, Arsenal still have plenty of attacking options.

German forward Lukas Podolski netted a brace in Istanbul, but Wenger said everyone would have to be patient for an opportunity.

"Of course I can understand the frustrations of the players who are top quality and don't play, but as well that is part of the job," he said.

"You always have to be ready when you can help the team and the club.

"I cannot play all of them so I have to make decisions."