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Pepe Mel says Arsene Wenger has a "good philosophy" when it comes to football

Last Updated: 04/05/14 2:46pm

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Pepe Mel is hoping to guide West Brom to Premier League survival

Pepe Mel is hoping to guide West Brom to Premier League survival

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West Brom manager Pepe Mel says his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger would have been fired by now if he was managing a top Spanish side.

But Mel is glad that the Gunners have kept faith with Wenger, who he will be locking horns with on Sunday afternoon.

Mel will take his Baggies side to the Emirates knowing a good result will virtually ensure Premier League survival.

And he is looking forward to pitting his wits against Wenger, although he agrees that Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought would have been deemed unacceptable by many La Liga sides.

"I don't think Arsene would have survived in Spain," said Mel.

"Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid is a good example. Three months ago he was under real pressure and now they are in the Champions League final.

"In Spain, England and Germany it is always the same, the head coach lives for the results.

"But I'm not surprised Arsene is still in a job, as I agree with Arsenal. He has a good philosophy."

Mel endured a difficult start to life at The Hawthorns after replacing Steve Clarke in January, finding wins hard to come by initially while also dealing with the departure of Shane Long and the investigation of Nicolas Anelka after his controversial 'Quenelle' gesture.

But victory over West Ham last week put West Brom within reach of safety and Mel hopes next season will be more successful.

"I enjoy being at West Brom," he said.

"But January and February were very, very difficult for me, with Long leaving and the Anelka situation and more.

"The most important thing is at the end, though. If West Brom stay in the Premier League, it is good work.

"But I want more than safety.

"I'm ambitious and want more. The next season, 17th is not enough, I want more. We want next season to be even better."

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