By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has the utmost respect for Dave Jones - as a manager, and as a man.

The Cardiff City boss will be looking to mastermind a famous victory over Wenger this weekend when Arsenal visit Ninian Park in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. It would represent a high point on a rollercoaster managerial career which reached its nadir during the 1999/2000 season when Jones, then in charge of Southampton, was wrongly charged with child abuse.

The case against Jones was thrown out within a week of it reaching court and Wenger admires the way the 52-year-old handled the situation.

"I have known him for a long time, he was at Southampton in the Premier League," said the Frenchman.

"I have a lot of respect for him because he went through a very difficult time when he was at Southampton. I think he handled himself with a lot of class and from that time on I have had a big respect for him.

"I think he handled himself very well and he is one of the managers who has always done well but doesn’t speak a lot in the newspapers. Maybe he doesn’t get the credit because he doesn’t say 'I am the one, look at me'.

"You always have that in every generation of managers [those who prefer the spotlight]. Those who last, know where the priorities lie. He [Jones] has shown a lot of inner strength and class as well."

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23 Jan 2009