Avram Grant has every chance of being a success at Chelsea, according to Arsène Wenger.

The former Israeli national manager succeeded Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. It was a surprise appointment to some as Grant has little profile in England. However the same was true of Wenger when he took over at Arsenal in 1996. The Frenchman knows Grant well and believes he can make an impact.

"He has the resources, he has the players, he has the knowledge so why should he not be successful?," asked Wenger at Friday's press conference.

"He came here a few years ago to watch training when he was the coach of Israel. So we met. I like the man. He is a very intelligent man with a big knowledge of the game. Certainly he will be successful."

However Wenger suggested that Grant would need time, especially as his appointment had not been met with enthusiasm in some quarters.

"When you have a sudden departure like this it can become a bit passionate and emotional," said the Frenchman."People make a quick assessment. I understand that people are shocked and surprised that Mourinho left. That does not mean you have to convict the guy who comes after him."

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21 Sep 2007