Reports are out claiming that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended Louis van Gaal over this week’s long ball accusations.
Wenger has not been renowned for defending Manchester United managers in years gone by, but on this occasion he feels Van Gaal is completely right to defend his principles.
He said: “I play the game that is most suited to the quality of our players. When you play (Olivier) Giroud sometimes you go a bit longer. What is good is that there are many ways to play football to be successful, not just one way. You go the way that suits your players.
“You can choose the players at the beginning of the season who suit the way you want to play.
“If you are chasing the game in the last five minutes you do not always want the short ball. I didn’t understand what the problem was. Manchester United went a bit longer in the final ten minutes and it was completely logical.
“A team has an intelligence. A team plays naturally to its strong point and an intelligent team knows how to exploit it’s strong points. When we have Giroud on the pitch the players understand quickly that they can play a bit longer, cross the ball more. I don’t even think Van Gaal said to them go longer.
“If they see (Marouane) Fellaini on the pitch the guys at the back will kick it to Fellaini and Rooney or Van Persie can score. That is normal.
“A big club has a responsibility to win and to try to win with style, but first try to win.”