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."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 23 Jan 2009