Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola backs Arsene Wenger to get Arsenal fans back on side

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Arsene Wenger can get Arsenal fans back on side before the end of the season.

The Arsenal manager has faced a string of protests by disgruntled fans in recent weeks that reached their pinnacle when a plane flew over the Hawthorns during the 3-1 defeat at West Brom trailing a demand for “No New Contract”.

Further protests are expected ahead of and during Sunday’s Emirates clash between the Gunners and Manchester City but Guardiola believes Wenger can win over his doubters once Arsenal start winning again.

“The fans respect what Arsene has done and is doing, whatever the [Arsena;] bosses decide, I’m sure it will be the best for Arsenal,” the Manchester City manager said.

“When Arsene starts to win, the fans will be happy again … I promise you, 100 per cent.”

Arsenal enter Sunday’s game on their worst run of league form under Wenger, the four defeats they have suffered in five a decline they have not slipped to since 1995.

Two weeks ago they endured one of their most humiliating defeats of Wenger’s reign, a 3-1 loss at the Hawthorns that left them six points off Liverpool in fourth place.

But Guardiola, who lost at the Emirates as manager of both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, fears that a wounded Arsenal may prove to be a formidable foe.

“When they lose a lot of games this is the most anxious moment to play them, they have good quality. Arsenal is a top team.”

“I travelled to the Emirates Stadium with Barcelona and Bayern Munich and it's always difficult. I know how difficult it will be.”