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Wenger: Sam Has The Quality Required

30 December 2016

Arsene Wenger spoke on Friday morning of what he expects from a team managed by Sam Allardyce and is not surprised the experienced boss is soon back at the top level. 

“Today, the clubs who are in trouble look for experienced managers, the position in the Premier League has become vital for everybody to stay in the league.

“It has become an extremely big problem for everybody and when teams look for managers, he was one out there who had the experience and the quality.

“He was in a strong position as a national team manager, that means that people acknowledged that he had the quality to be there."

After what Sam managed to do at the Stadium Of Light last season and his record of not being relegated from the Premier League, Wenger puts him as an example for the type of manager certain clubs would call upon. 

“What he did at Sunderland last year, he has been absolutely sensational. The success in every club is at a different level and the job of a manager is to take the best out of the potential of a team and that’s different at every level. Sometimes, to take the best out of a team is to avoid relegation.

“If you are at Hull today and you avoid relegation, you have done a superb job, maybe as good as the one who will win the league. It’s just down to competence and making the right decisions to prepare the team well.”

Wenger admires the versatility of the Palace squad ahead of the Eagles second match under Allardyce following the draw on Boxing Day at Watford. 
“It’s a talented squad, because they have potential going forward, they are quick on the break and they are very versatile, they can be good in the air with Benteke, who is also good technically, and they can be quick in transition with Townsend and Zaha.

“In the last game, they played with Flamini, Puncheon and Cabaye in midfield. They have experience, they have technical quality. It’s a team that can be dangerous for everybody.”

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