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Saturday 18 November 2017

Wenger advice helps Grant

West Ham manager Avram Grant has spoken to Arsene Wenger about the problems the Frenchman faced when he first arrived at Arsenal.

Grant's West Ham are bottom of the premier League with just six points from nine games, but Wenger reassured him that most managers go through difficult spells on arriving at new club.

"I spoke with Arsene about this and he told me about his first year at Arsenal and that it was not so easy," Grant said. "There were many difficult things for him. Also Alex Ferguson was struggling in his first years at United. Harry (Redknapp) told me he saved Ferguson when he lost to him!

"It takes time. Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson are a good example for this -- imagine if they didn't let them continue after the first year.

"The history of Arsenal and United would be different and maybe we wouldn't have such a difficult game (today)."

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