Arsène Wenger has described Mick McCarthy as a 'miracle worker' ahead of Arsenal's Christmas clash with Wolves at Emirates Stadium.

The visitors' manager kept Wolves in the Premier League by a point last season having also guided them to safety in their first year back in the top flight.

McCarthy looks set for another battle for survival this season and Wenger has nothing but admiration for his opposite number.

“Mick McCarthy is doing miracles at Wolves," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"He’s always ready for a fight, never gives up, keeps his steadiness and mental strength, never shows any strain. Its great what he does for his club. I believe they play extremely good football as well.

“It demands special strength from the manager to fight until the last day with the uncertainty sometimes whether you will stay up. A manager needs to be cool-blooded, strong, resilient and Mick McCarthy has all of these qualities."

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