Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes that Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers would leave the Foxes for the Gunners – because the North London side are of a higher stature.
By the end of Saturday evening, Rodgers had guided Leicester to second place in the Premier League after beating Arsenal for the second time since becoming Foxes boss, after goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison saw off Unai Emery’s side at the King Power Stadium.
The result means the away side’s poor run of form under Unai Emery of late continues, and with Leicester flying high under the Northern Irishman, Merson believes that Rodgers – who was linked with the Gunners post before it was taken by Emery – would join the Emirates Stadium club if offered the opportunity.
He told Sky Sports (via Football.london): “It’s Arsenal. When Arsenal go away next season, they will be going to America or China or Australia. This is still one of the biggest clubs in the world of football.
“I’m just saying if you want to be a manager of a football team, it is a movement up. Let’s be honest, Arsenal are a bigger club than Leicester City.”
There is no doubting that Arsenal are still a big name despite their present struggles on the pitch – though Saturday’s result was their fifth without a win in all competitions, with their last Premier League success coming against Bournemouth over a month ago.
Whether that would be enough for Rodgers to ditch his Leicester project, which by all accounts is surely exceeding expectations with the 2015/16 champions nine points clear inside the top four, remains to be seen.
While Rodgers could hypothetically be presented with an opportunity to restore Arsenal to their former glories if the pressure starts to mount on Emery, the success he is having with Leicester gives him good reason to stick around, with the team going from strength to strength since his arrival.
Wins over Tottenham and Arsenal, to name a few, suggest that Leicester have a prime opportunity to take a place among the best football teams in the country – and with a 64% win rate since taking over in February, the calibre of the Gunners alone may not necessarily be enough to sway the 46-year-old should he have to make a decision on his future.
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