Pep Guardiola has backed Arsène Wenger to win over Arsenal supporters once again after an indifferent run of results that has seen many fans question whether the Frenchman should remain as manager next season.
Wenger, whose current Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season, has so far refused to reveal his plans for the future despite calls for him to clarify his situation. A poll conducted by the Arsenal Supporters Trust this week found that 78% had lost faith in him.
However, Guardiola, whose Manchester City side face Arsenal on Sunday believes Wenger’s situation is only temporary.
“When he goes back to winning, the fans will be happy again. I promise you. 100%,” he said. “The Premier League is not easy to win but I’m pretty sure the fans respect a lot what Arsène Wenger has done and is doing.
“People should understand how difficult football is today, all the teams are more prepared. When the bosses decide, or Arsène decides, to stay and keep going he believes it is the best solution and the best for Arsenal. I’m not here to judge what they have to do and what is going to happen. The players judge what they see every day in the training sessions and how we are. Some of them are happy, some of them are unhappy, especially the players who don’t play. But for the fans it depends on results not something else.”
Guardiola also revealed that Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus could return before the end of the season having suffered a broken metatarsal last month.
“The crutches are gone. He has started to walk and hopefully he can come back to the pitches and start to run and make some exercises,” Guardiola said. “Hopefully he can help us in the last games of the season and come back for us in the pre-season fit.”