By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes Guus Hiddink has football management down to an artform and will bring Chelsea back to their best.
The Dutchman has taken the reigns at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season following the surprise dismissal of Luis Felipe Scolari on Monday.
Like Wenger, Hiddink is one of the most respected managers currently operating in world football today. Not surprisingly, the Frenchman feels the new Blues boss will have a positive influence however he is not sure how long the ‘Hiddink effect’ will take to start working. Given that Chelsea lie just above Arsenal in the fourth and final Champions League spot, that is a multi-million pound question.
“Hiddink has a strong knowledge of the game and strong personality,” said the Arsenal manager. “He has big experience and he always gets his teams to play the kind of football he wants to play. This is the real art of a good manager.
“It is very difficult to say [if he can have an immediate impact]. Chelsea have been struggling a little bit but they have been a team that would have come back, even with Scolari. And they will certainly come back strongly with Hiddink I am convinced of that.
“Saying that, we want to focus on our performances and not think too much about the other teams. We'll just try to continue the same collective strength we have shown recently.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 13 Feb 2009