Lyon manager Remi Garde has leapt to the defence of Arsene Wenger by claiming that the under-fire Arsenal boss deserves more respect.
Arsenal's eight-year trophy drought looks set to continue after they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League second round match on Tuesday night.
The Gunners sit fifth in the Premier League and Wenger's popularity with Arsenal fans has also been dented by FA Cup and League Cup exits after defeats to Blackburn and Bradford respectively.
But Garde - the first man the Gunners boss signed for the club in 1996 - believes his compatriot is not being judged fairly after his years of hard work at Arsenal.
"I think that Arsene Wenger is still a top-class manager," Garde said ahead of Lyon's Europa League last 32 second leg clash against Tottenham at the Stade de Gerland.
"He has spent so many years at this club, he has brought so much to this club.
"I can testify because I used to ...