Right move to make? Arsenal board told to make move to sign Manchester United target
Paul Merson says Arsenal should look to replace Unai Emery with Mauricio Pochettino following his sacking from Tottenham,
Arsenal are on a dismal run of form, winning just one of their last eights games in all competitions, and even that was a nervy 3-2 victory over Vitoria in the Europa League.
And the result at the weekend against Southampton, in which the Gunners were lucky to get a 2-2 draw against the Saints, has led to a lot of speculation in the media over the past few days which have suggested that Emery is heading closer and closer towards the exit signs at the Emirates.
Recent reports have claimed Arsenal have begun the process of searching for replacements for Emery, although the board would prefer to hold off on making any decision until the summer.
But the reports goes on to say that Members of Arsenal’s board are fans of Pochettino and he is ‘well liked’ by key figures at the club.
Some pundits have questioned whether Pochettino would join Arsenal due to his links with Tottenham but Merson believes that the Arsenal should try and open talks with the Argentine about a possible deal.
HE TOLD SKY SPORTS: ‘Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino. He’s not won anything, but he improved Tottenham over five years, tenfold. He’s a top manager and he is about at the moment.
‘I know he managed at Tottenham, but George Graham had been at Arsenal when he went the other way. You’ve got to get past that sort of stuff. These top managers don’t come along too often, where you don’t even have to pay anything for them.
‘Can I see it happening? No. Should it happen? Yes. But it won’t happen. The days of the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham are not what they were. When I was growing up, it was the big football match.
‘For some of these players, that’s no longer the case. It’s probably Chelsea or Manchester City or Liverpool. It’s not the highlighted fixture anymore as there’s not a lot of home-grown players in the teams.
‘You don’t have to pay compensation for him, and if you are going to bring someone in, he’s got to be better than the manager you’ve got. I still see Emery being there for a while. They had a chance to get rid of him before the international break.
‘They looked at the fixtures and saw Southampton at home, Norwich away. They thought they would win both and everything would be rosy in the garden again. But they were fortunate to draw with Southampton with some of the chances they had, and they’d lost 9-0.
‘Their confidence was low, but they never looked like they would be on a hiding. There wasn’t too much respect and they came and thought they had a chance.
‘I’m a great believer in if you keep doing the same things, you get the same results. Something needs to change. The players are not that good, but at the same time, results have to be better than what they are.
‘If you’re a football manager and you arrive at a club, the team must improve, and the results have to improve. If they don’t then you won’t be in the job for long. That was a fact when I was playing, and it will be a fact in 30 years’ time.
It’s worrying times, and with Norwich away this weekend, I think Emery will do well to get on the coach if they don’t win that game.’
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