The Arsenal boss has praised Man City’s outgoing manager – and suggests his job has been made harder by those in power at the Etihad..
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Manuel Pellegrini has been undermined during his time at Manchester City.
The Frenchman, Europe’s longest-serving manager, will lead his side out at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in what will be Pellegrini’s last home game in charge of City.
And he believes the Chilean has behaved with dignity, despite the mid-season announcement he would be replaced, and says he is hugely respected among Premier League managers and players.
“I have big sympathy for Pellegrini, until Sunday,” he said.
“They invested a huge amount of money for years and years and years but it looks like this plan [for Guardiola] has been coming.
“Once they took Txiki Begiristain you could see what was coming. He has always known that in the back of his mind I think.
“It is difficult because you have less power when the players know you are moving out. I don’t think it impacted the season at Manchester City — they were in a similar situation in December.
“He has shown great dignity and great human qualities during his time here. I believe he’s respected by everybody in the Premier League, certainly by myself.