By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that Chelsea won’t see the best of Guus Hiddink unless he stays beyond the end of this season.
The Dutchman has been a big hit since he was appointed as Chelsea’s interim manager in February. The Blues had stumbled in the final days of Luis Felipe Scolari’s reign but Hiddink has given them a new lease of life and they remain in contention for the Champions League, FA Cup and - just about - the Premier League title.
Hiddink arrived at Stamford Bridge on the back of considerable international success as coach of Holland, South Korea, Australia and, most recently, Russia. But his commitments with Russia mean he will leave London this summer. Wenger is a fan of Hiddink but he feels that a manager needs years, not months, to impose his vision on a club.
“I feel that he is an experienced manager and he has given them what he knows about the game – belief, strength,” said Wenger.
“It is always difficult to assess on a short period of time. I believe if Hiddink stays for five years at Chelsea he can certainly print his own way he sees the game into the club.
“On a short term you try to have an impact but only on little things because you have to stay a longer period if you want to get your ways into the club.
“I rate him highly. When you come to his age and have survived in top level competition, you have quality.
“He is a very successful manager. But we want to express our strengths [on Saturday] and not concentrate on those of an opponent.”Copyright 2013 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 17 Apr 2009