By Lloyd Webb
Arsene Wenger has hailed the job former Gunner Remi Garde did while manager of Lyon.
The Frenchman was one of Wenger’s first signings at Arsenal and went on to make a name for himself as a manager of the Ligue 1 side.
Garde has since left Lyon but Wenger believes that he has left a legacy.
"He was first in the academy, that’s why he knew these players very well. Lyon benefits now from the quality of his work"
“He did very well,” Wenger said. "He was there for two years and did a great job. He was first in the academy, that’s why he knew these players very well. Lyon benefits now from the quality of his work.
“It was a job where he was a lot under pressure because in Lyon the demands are very high, but he did very well.
"Lyon are a very good team, a very young team but a team who made life difficult for PSG last season. It will be a good test for us.”
This weekend will be the first time Arsenal play in front of their home fans before the season starts and Wenger is confident his side will perform.
“We want to do it with our domestic fans,” he said. "Week in, week out, they are the ones who come to the Emirates and the only way to respect them is to give them pleasure.
“You want to focus on the performance and think that the result is linked with the quality of your performance.”