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ARSENE WENGER is not to blame for Arsenal’s failings – the players must give more.
Arsenal fell to a fourth defeat in 11 Premier League games at runaway leaders City on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men won 3-1 at the Etihad, leaving the Gunners sixth and 12 points adrift heading into the international break.
Wenger’s team already face a tough battle to qualify for the Champions League this season.
But coach Pires insists Wenger remains the right manager for Arsenal, with losing to City nothing to be ashamed of.
“For me, he’s still the man,” Pires told ESPN. “He has done well for a long, long time.
“Sometimes it’s difficult with a lot of pressure from the fans and media, but he’s always very relaxed and confident.
“He always believes in the players, and that’s a positive.
“We lost the last game against Man City, but City have played really very well since the beginning of the season.
Wenger’s current deal at the Emirates expires in 2019.
And there is no suggestion he won’t see out potentially his final two years at Arsenal.
After the break, though, the Gunners have another huge test against north London rivals Tottenha