ARSENE WENGER has found support increasingly hard to find among an Arsenal faithful growing more and more restless at a trophy room that has gone untouched for more than seven years.
But the Frenchman need only look a few yards to his right this evening to find someone hugely appreciative of his ongoing achievements at the Emirates.
After all, with more than a decade in the Goodison hotseat, David Moyes is well accustomed to the unique demands and pressures of helming the same Premier League club for a lengthy period.
Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are the only two managers to surpass Moyes in terms of top-flight longevity.
The former, though, has endured an increasingly strained relationship with the Gunners support, who chanted “you don't know what you're doing” when Wenger replaced Olivier Giroud with Francis Coquelin with two minutes left of last Saturday’s dismal goalless draw at Aston Villa.
Wenger, so the critics say, has overstayed his welcome. Gone stale. Lacks motivation. Is past his best.
But Moyes, no doubt leaning heavily on his own Goodison experience, has saluted the stability the Frenchman has provided and hailed his achievements at Arsenal.
“I think Arsene Wenger's done a great job at Arsenal,” says the Everton manager. “What he's done can't be done in a year or two years by any manager. We'd all like to reconstruct a club quickly but it just can't be done.
“It's quite easy to deconstruct one quickly if you don't make the right appointments and you keep chopping and changing.
“Supporters might decide they want a change from managers who have been there a long time but I think that's wrong because you are not going to get any stability at the club and will probably waste a lot of money chopping and changing all the time.”
Moyes adds: “Arsene has done a great job getting them in the Champions League every year. Of course their supporters want trophies but you look at their stadium and it is unbelievable. Only one or two clubs in the country would not be envious of that stadium.
“He has put down something that is going to be there for a long, long time.
“Arsene is part of that. He has seen the club through the transition from Highbury to The Emirates and continually got a team that has made the Champions League.
“Okay, they've not won the league or cups lately but they have always been up there.
“Arsene can go as long as he wants. Arsene Wenger will be the one who decides what he does at Arsenal. I don't think it will be the board or the supporters.”
Wenger recently guided Arsenal to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 13th successive year, a record Moyes believes Gunners supporters should consider before berating a trophy drought that stretches back to 2005.
“I didn't get a trophy to run round Goodison with when we made the Champions League qualifiers, but it nearly felt like that,” says the Everton manager.
“I knew if we'd got through the qualifier it might have changed Everton's world. It might only have changed it for a couple of years but it might have given us that notch and the money we might have taken that one year.
“So by keep getting in the Champions League, it keeps funding what you are going to try and do for the next year or two because the money at that level is far greater than anything else.
“I don't know how much you get for winning the League Cup but it's not going to be much is it?
“You get the silverware which we all want but if you asked do you want to win the League Cup with no dough or is it better to be in the Champions League with the cash, I bet you it's a question a lot of supporters might find difficult to answer.”
Moyes will nevertheless hope to compound Wenger’s worries by inflicting defeat on Arsenal at Goodison this evening an earn Everton only their fourth win in their last 12 Premier League games.
While his team are ahead in the table, the Scot admits they will be the ones to beat in the battle to finish in the top four.
“I think Arsenal are in the batch above us,” says Moyes. “They've done it and never been out of the Champions League for over 10 years. Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have done it.
“I would put them as favourites to join those other three teams because they have done it before and they have been consistent over the years.”