Arsene Wenger backs Lyon to bounce back

Wenger backs Lyon to bounce back
© Getty Images
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger expects Lyon to respond from a dreadful run of form in Ligue 1 quickly, after winning just one win from 11 in all competitions.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Lyon have enough quality to recover from their worst start to a Ligue 1 campaign in recent memory.

Lyon have managed just one victory in their last seven games, with a 5-1 defeat at Montpellier two weeks ago dropping Remi Garde's side to 14th in the table.

Wenger thinks that Lyon are still struggling to deal with being knocked out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage, but has backed former Gunners midfielder Garde to turn things round.

He told Ligue 1's official website: "I believe for Lyon it is a little bit a special problem because the blow of going out of the Champions League looks like it has broken their neck.

"They had a very good start, and after the disappointment of going out of the Champions League, looked to have been a huge blow, not only for the team but for the club.

"It takes some time to recover from that and I hope they will, because they felt sorry for themselves certainly for a while. Now they look to have realised that they cannot go on like that and that they have to battle. So I believe Lyon will come back."

Garde's search for a change in fortunes continues this weekend, with Lyon hosting fellow slow starters Bordeaux.

Lyon's French coach Remi Garde looks on during the UEFA Europa League football match Real Betis vs Olympique Lyonnais at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on September 19, 2013.
Read Next:
Lyon: 'We are behind Garde'
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Premier League
Championship
Scottish League Cup
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Russian Premier League
Turkish Super Lig
Major League Soccer
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG108203182326
2MonacoMonaco1071226121422
3NantesNantes1062297220
4Lyon1054125151019
5Marseille105322017318
6Saint-EtienneSt Etienne105231310317
7Bordeaux104421615116
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier1043386215
9Caen1050578-115
10Toulouse104241115-414
11GuingampGuingamp104151214-213
12Angers102621412212
13Troyes10334914-512
14Nice103161316-310
15Rennes102351215-39
16AmiensAmiens9306511-69
17Dijon102351320-79
18StrasbourgStrasbourg102351118-79
19Lille9135614-86
20Metz10109519-143