Always insightful, Arsène Wenger is regularly asked questions on world football during his press conferences.
The Gunners may be up against Barcelona in the Champions League this month, but it was domestic rivals Real Madrid who the Arsenal boss commented on during Friday’s press conference.
Coached by Rafa Benitez until recently, they’re now under the guidance of club legend and Wenger’s countryman Zinedine Zidane. In his short time in charge, the King’s club have scored 17 goals in four games, of which they have won three.
So what does Wenger make of Zidane and how far he could go as a coach?
“First of all, one month is a very short period to assess a manager,” Wenger started.
“He was given chance, that is what he wanted and I wish him all the success he deserves. You know how it is at Real Madrid, you need to win every single game and they are in a fight with Barcelona who at the moment are flying. I hope it will go well for him.”
Four points behind Barcelona in La Liga, Real Madrid have a lot of catching up to do. Last season’s treble winners even have a game in hand and, to be frank, you wouldn’t bet against them slipping up from this position.
Nonetheless, Zidane could yet make his mark in the Champions League before the season is over. Arsenal will face Barcelona in the last 16 over the course of the next month and, who knows, perhaps Zidane will either have a meeting with Wenger or two El Clásico bouts on his hands before the European campaign is done and dusted.