Arsenal are searching for Arsene Wenger’s successor (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legends Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas have revealed who they believe should take over from Arsene Wenger at the end of the season.
It was confirmed earlier in the month that Wenger, 68, would not see out his contract at the Emirates.
The experienced Frenchman spent over two decades in charge of Arsenal, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
But Wenger’s position has been the subject of intense speculation for a number of years and he says it is the right time to leave.
The announcement has sparked debate as to who will replace Wenger at Arsenal and Merson and Nicholas have revealed their picks to Sky Sports.
‘I would like Rodgers to succeed Arsene. I like him, the way he plays football. Liverpool nearly won the league under him which they hadn’t done for some time before and haven’t since.
‘People say he had Luis Suarez but you’ve still got to get a tune out of him. He’s got experience of managing big sides as well. There’s a lot of pressure at Celtic and he knows the Premier League well.
‘Luis Enrique is the other one, with experience and style of football, but they need to move quickly if they want him because Chelsea might be after him soon.
‘The big thing for me is longevity. They need to get somebody in who is going to be there for five years because they don’t want a similar situation to Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson left.’
Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a contender (Picture: Getty)
As is Max Allegri, the current Juventus manager (Picture: Getty)
‘I’m still of the mind that Rodgers and Ronald Koeman fit the criteria. I don’t think either of them will get it though and I’m swaying towards Allegri now.
‘Some people suggest it has to be somebody with a link to the club, such as Mikel Arteta or Patrick Vieira, but Wenger didn’t have one when he arrived.
‘I’ve got a feeling they’re trying to get a Spanish or German influence running stronger through the club but I feel that the favourite should be Allegri.
‘His reputation is strong and his Juventus side play a nice way with an organised defensive shape.’
Wenger made his last trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager on Sunday as the Gunners were undone by Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winner.
Before the Premier League fixture, he was presented with a silver vase by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
‘It was very nice and classy. I enjoyed it,’ Wenger said. ‘I have come here for a long, long time.
‘Next year, someone else will be in the dug-out and it will be a hostile environment again.’
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