Arsene Wenger remains “supportive” of Jose Mourinho and every manager “who suffers”.
Mourinho and Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Sevilla on Tuesday, while Arsenal are on course to beat AC Milan in their Europa League tie.
Wenger was asked for his thoughts on Mourinho, who has come under increasing pressure at Old Trafford, ahead of Arsenal’s home second leg against the Italians.
“I’m supportive to everyone who suffers,” Wenger said. “[Journalists’] job is to get everybody to suffer, our job is to get as few people as possible to suffer. I want English football to do well.
“People at our level are the most demanding with themselves. The biggest suffering we get is from our own demands with ourselves. For the rest we get love or not love. You know how it is said: you’re loved when you born, you’re loved when you die. In between you have to manage.
“I want everybody to be happy in the world. Why do you want bombs everywhere? I do not want to speak about Man United’s situation. My job is to take care of Arsenal.
“Overall I want English football to do well. I want the manager to be happy. It’s not possible.
“We have to accept that when the performance on the day is not top spot we can suffer. We did that before.
“The difficulty in the modern game is no matter who is in the game we will always win, lose or draw. But that’s part of the game. Nobody accepts it anymore but it is like that. That’s what makes football interesting.”