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Villas-Boas deserved second chance, says Wenger

2 March 2013 09:09

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Andre Villas-Boas deserved a second chance in the English Premier League.

The Portuguese joined Chelsea at the beginning of the 2011/12 season with increasing esteem after guiding his Porto side to a league, cup and Europa League treble the previous campaign.

His reign at Stamford Bridge lasted until that February when he was sacked following a defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

But, after a couple of months out, he took over from Harry Redknapp at Tottenham and now has them firmly in the race for a top-three finish.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's north London derby, Wenger told Arsenal's website: "He has done well. I think he has done well.

"For the rest, I don't know how life is on a daily basis (at Tottenham). It is very difficult to assess that, but they play well.

"They are a good side. They have renewed a lot their team and they are doing quite well.

"Villas-Boas got a deserved second chance. Sometimes you get the second job because you got the first one.

"For example, it would have been maybe more difficult to get the Tottenham job if he had not had the Chelsea job before because people could watch him and see what he has done and speak to players who have worked with him.

"So, you have bit more of a guarantee than just importing someone from Portugal."

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