Manuel Almunia is impressed by Arsene Wenger’s longevity and feels he deserves to lift at least one more big trophy.

Almunia, who played for Arsenal between 2004 and 2012, owes a lot to Wenger.

It was Wenger who took the Spaniard from obscurity and made him first choice at the club.

So it’s not surprising to see him full of praise for his former manager, and wanting to see him succeed again.

“I’m surprised that someone stays in change for such a long time, as I was surprised that Ferguson was as long on the bench, because football is so difficult,” he said, as reported by Tribal Football.

“It’s so hard to stay such a long time in charge of a big club. It’s difficult to be a player in a big club and stay many years on it, as a manager, it’s much more difficult. That’s why I’m impressed.”

“Arsene is a great coach and he deserved one of these years to lift a big trophy.”

Arsenal will certainly not be winning a big trophy this season.

It’d take a miracle for them to catch Manchester City in the Premier League.

The Champions League is also a dream, considering Arsenal aren’t even in the competition this season.

Wenger’s contract runs until 2019 at least, so he could have one more chance to claim a major honour.

In the meantime, the club is in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, the last 32 of the Europa League and are the FA Cup holders.

They may not be the biggest trophies around, but few will complain if we lift one or more of them this season.

Alumnia won just one FA Cup during his time at Arsenal, before leaving for West Ham and Watford.

He retired in 2014 due to a heart condition. Insert your own joke here.