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Arsenal manager Wenger defends Mano Menezes and criticises state of football in Brazil

Arsene Wenger believes Menezes should be given time
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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has defended national coach Mano Menezes and criticised the state of football in Brazil.

The Seleção boss has been criticised by the local press in Brazil, with many believing he should be replaced before the nation hosts the World Cup in 2014.

However, Wenger, who has been in charge of the Premier League side for 16 years, believes Menezes should be given time to work with his young squad.

The Frenchman said: "He has at least one project, which is already a big thing. He seems to know what he is doing and I believe that Brazil should keep him in office until 2014.

"It’s true that the team needs to mature, and it’s true that the group is very young. But in two years time the players can be at the peak of their forms."

The Gunners boss also criticised the way in which the Brazilian coaches are treated, in comparison to those in Europe.

"The difference between Brazil and Europe is that in Brazil, coaches live in hotels. In Europe they live in houses. Managers need to take time to work," he added.

Wenger also stated that the increasing number of young Brazilians moving to Europe, such as Paris Saint-Germain signing Lucas Moura, is destroying the footballing economy in South America as money is taking over.

He added: "Brazilian football seems to have lost some of its features.

"Everything indicates that the commercial side of football has gained unprecedented strength and ended up destroying the education of young players.

"With the economy growing stronger, Brazil can reverse this situation and keep talented players in the country."

Wenger has signed a number of Brazilian players for Arsenal in the past, such as Júlio Baptista, Edu and Gilberto Silva, as well as current players André Santos and Denílson.

"I have always had much luck when we brought Brazilian players to play for Arsenal," he concluded.


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