By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has given his support to under-fire Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

Since Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Eastlands on October 24, Mancini’s side have slumped to disappointing defeats against Wolves and Lech Poznan with many suggesting the Italian’s managerial reign in the north west could soon be coming to an end.

Despite the vast sums of money that Mancini spent during the summer Wenger believes it would be wrong for the manager to be judged simply on three bad results.

“I have sympathy for every manager who has problems because I know what it is [like],” said the Frenchman. “But that is where you see the strength of a club to stick with people they know are competent and they know do the right things.

“That’s why there are directors at the club and it is down to Manchester City to trust Mancini. Personally I invite them to do that.

“They have gone through a difficult patch – three games in a season where you play badly can happen to any manager in the league.

“What has changed when you spend a lot of money is maybe the pressure comes quicker on a manager than if he doesn’t spend so much.”

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5 Nov 2010