Wednesday 17 January 2018

Wenger urges Rovers fans to be patient with under-fire Kean

Jim van Wijk

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has every sympathy for the plight of under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean -- insisting it is "hard for everybody" no matter what end of the table.

The Lancashire club are bottom of the Premier League and a section of supporters are planning a protest march against their manager ahead of today's lunchtime kick-off.

Kean maintains he can turn the club around, with owners Venky's, who appointed the Scot after axing Sam Allardyce in December, issuing a statement urging everyone to get behind the team.

Wenger accepts that in the modern game it is often difficult for young managers to get the time needed to move things forward.

"It is hard for everybody, even for those who manage for 30 years," said Wenger. "I have a lot of sympathy for Steve Kean. He is a young manager and you want to give him time to do his job.

"A lot of time you complain that British managers do not get a chance and I can understand that, but when they do get a chance you must give them time."

Arsenal have endured a testing opening to the campaign, being thrashed 8-2 at Manchester United before the international break.

However, after making five signings ahead of transfer deadline to rebuild the squad after selling captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri, there are signs of improvement.

Wenger, who will have Alex Song and Gervinho back from their domestic three-match bans, is certainly not dwelling on what he views as a "one-off" shocking day at the office against United.

He added: "You have to consider that last year we were the best away team in the league, and Old Trafford was a one-off result."

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