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Arsenal legend Pires urges Wenger to copy Man Utd methods

Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Friday, November 16, 2012
11:12 AM

Former Gunner Robert Pires has told Arsene Wenger to follow the example of Manchester United and use more experienced players to help his youngsters.

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Pires believes Arsenal’s squad lacks the balance of Sir Alex Ferguson’s and insists their struggles are down to a lack of experience.

The Gunners lie eighth in the Premier League table, a whopping 11 points behind leaders United, and Pires thinks Wenger needs to readdress his youth policy in order to turn them into a side more capable of challenging for major honours.

“Wenger’s strategy has changed, he wants to play with a young team but you can’t win things like that, it’s very difficult,” Pires told Talk Sport.

“[Sir Alex] Ferguson seems to have found the right balance between the mix of ‘old’ and experienced players alongside the young ones and I think that’s what’s missing right now at Arsenal.

“Arsenal’s problems are a result of this policy. The team lacks balance and for the new players who have arrived, such as Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski, this puts them under a lot of pressure.”

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