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 By Kenneth Tan

Arsene Wenger is still the right man to lead Arsenal - Robert Pires

Despite constant criticism, former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires feels Arsene Wenger is still the right man for the job.
The FC crew call out Arsene Wenger for his tactical decisions and Arsenal for not stepping up until they concede a goal.
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Arsenal legend Robert Pires has told ESPN FC he believes Arsene Wenger is still the right man to manage the club.

The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City -- who beat them 3-1 at the weekend -- after 11 games.

They have won only two of their last 17 matches against the current top five but Pires, part of the 2004 "Invincibles" team, backed Wenger to turn things around.

"For me, he's still the man," he said. "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.

"I feel that there is still good quality in this Arsenal team -- maybe we just need more spirit and commitment."

Pires was speaking in Singapore as his Arsenal Masters side prepare to take on counterparts from Liverpool and Singapore in the Battle of the Masters at the National Stadium on Saturday.

The former France winger said he was looking forward to the occasion after Liverpool Masters beat Arsenal 3-1 in Balikpapan last weekend.

"I'm really glad to be here in Singapore for the first time," he said. "I know there's a lot of Arsenal fans over here, and I'm looking forward to meeting them.

"And, of course, we'll take on the Liverpool legends again. We want to win, but most important is to enjoy the game and put on a good show for the fans."

Kenneth Tan is a Singapore-based football writer on S.League and AFC Cup for ESPN FC and FourFourTwo. Twitter: @KennerveT

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