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Paul Merson names Premier League manager he is ‘all for’ being appointed Arsenal boss

Paul Merson has named which Premier League manager he is ‘all for’ being appointed as the new Arsenal boss.

It comes after the Gunners parted company with Unai Emery on Thursday morning, and Merson has made it clear who he would like to see land the job at the Emirates.

Writing in a column for the Daily Star, he said: “Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino or Brendan Rodgers now they’ve finally put Unai Emery out of his misery.

“I’m all for Rodgers getting the job. He’s a proven coach. He improves players – and these players need to be improved!

“I like Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves as well. And Pochettino is a top manager who is out of work and available. He might be tempted.

“They just have to make sure they get this appointment right because it’s a crucial decision that will decide Arsenal’s future.

“But who are the football people making that decision? Where are they are? That’s what worries me. Can you trust them?

“Emery is probably relieved. He looked lost. I don’t think he knew what he was doing. I think he had lost confidence and was making bad decisions.”

He added: “Brendan Rodgers has got them playing so well and they deserve to be up in second place because of the way they’ve performed. They’ve been ruthless.

“It’s all Rodgers. I think he’s a proper coach who improves players. A lot of managers aren’t coaches. They’re man-managers or strategists who are not always on the training pitch.

“Not him. This is a mid-table team on paper. It’s mostly the same players Leicester last year. He’s just improved them all.

“Jamie Vardy looks better than ever. Ben Chilwell is in the form of his life. James Maddison is an England player. Wilfred Ndidi makes more tackles than anyone else.

“Kasper Schmeichel is still as solid as he was when they won the title under Claudio Ranieri. Even Caglar Soyuncu has been brilliant.

“They’ve only let in eight goals all season as well – that’s the best record in the whole division!”

Leicester will demand Arsenal pay £14 million in compensation if they want to appoint Brendan Rodgers as manager, reports the Telegraph .

Speaking on the speculation surrounding his future, he said: “It’s natural that there are links.

“If you are doing okay people want to take you away from something you enjoy. If you’re not, it doesn’t matter. There’s always a number of names.

“We’re at the beginning of something here. My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting.

“Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. If the people at Arsenal have moved Unai on, I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in.”


After reading what Brendan Rodgers had to say on the job links, fans gave their reaction and questioned why he would want to leave Leicester for Arsenal – see those tweets on the next page.


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