The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been pleased by their side’s recent upturn in form which has seen them record back-to-back victories against AC Milan and Watford, but there are still plenty of supporters who are willing Wenger to leave the club in the summer.
The legacy of Arsene Wenger will always remain one of the most successful and respectable legacies left by a Premier League manager, but naturally, all good things must come to an end. Wenger’s last remaining hope of salvaging his stuttering career at The Emirates Stadium is to win the Europa League this season. If he fails to lead his side to the Europa League trophy then it seems unlikely that he will continue to remain in charge of the club beyond the end of the season.
Replacing the Frenchman will be a hugely difficult job for any manager to take on, but the experience of Brendan Rodgers would hold him in good stead to successfully lead the club into a post-Wenger era. Although no official interest has been stated by the club, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has identified Rodgers as the perfect man to replace Wenger in the summer.
Considering Rodgers success at both Liverpool and Celtic, it’s difficult to argue against Merson’s standpoint. Critics of Rodgers would immediately cite his inability to win the league at Liverpool as explicit evidence of his shortcomings as a top-level manager, but that’s an incredibly short-sighted opinion to take considering his failed title bid rested upon one of the most infamous moments of misfortune in recent footballing history.
If Gerrard had not slipped on the half-way line against Chelsea, the title may never have ended up in the hands of Manchester City, so labelling Rodgers as a poor appointment on that basis alone is rather naive. Since moving to Celtic in May 2016, Rodgers has done an excellent job. He has managed to win 4 trophies already and led Celtic to the longest ever domestic unbeaten run in British football.
Of course, the intensity of the competition in Scottish football is well below that of the Premier League, but the experience of managing a club with such high expectations is an invaluable skill which very few managers can demonstrate in Europe. Rodgers might not be the supporters first-choice replacement for Wenger, but his emphasis on playing attractive football combined with his experience of managing clubs of a similar stature to Arsenal make him a worthy candidate to step into the hot-seat at The Emirates next summer.
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