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Eduardo backs Wenger

26 February 2012 12:48

Former Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva says manager Arsene Wenger should be given time to turn things around at the club.

Arsenal are struggling to secure a top-four finish in the English Premier League this season, meaning they could miss out on Champions League qualification.

They are already out of both the FA Cup and Carling Cup, and trail AC Milan 4-0 in the Champions League round of 16.

Eduardo, who left Arsenal for Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010, told The Independent: "Sometimes people don't have patience, and they think they must win everything all the time."

"You cannot come first or second every year for 10 years, I don't think fifth is such a bad place for Arsenal."

"Arsene Wenger made Arsenal, and Arsenal made Wenger. If he goes away, I doubt anyone else could keep Arsenal playing at the same level."

Eduardo credits Wenger with encouraging his development following the striker's switch from Dinamo Zagreb to north London in 2007.

"I learned a lot from him (Wenger), not just about football but about life," Eduardo said.

"How to be a professional, how to deal with pressure and how to adapt to life in England."

"I went to Arsenal from Dinamo Zagreb where it was quiet, and suddenly you had photographers everywhere taking pictures even if all you were doing was going to training."

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