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Paul Merson has claimed he would be surprised if Brendan Rodgers won’t be at the helm at Arsenal next season.
The Gunners legend is convinced that the managerial seat will be vacant following a disastrous season under Arsenal Wenger. The French manager penned a new two-year deal after securing the FA Cup last season, but after a miserable campaign, the North London club are ready to do away with aging Wenger.
The former Arsenal midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit feels that it is the set time for Rodgers to say his goodbye at Celtic and commit to the Gunners job.
“He fits Arsenal great, the nearest Liverpool have ever come to winning the league for a long long time is when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.
“He’s done nothing wrong at Celtic, to do what they’ve done, people can say it’s Scottish football and Celtic are head and shoulders above, but every team they played on that run treated it like a cup final, which is difficult sometimes.
“I’ll be shocked if he didn’t get a good job, I’d be quite shocked if he didn’t get the Arsenal job.”
Rodgers became the boss at Parkhead back in May 2016 and earned a reputation of being the first manager in the club’s history to win four domestic trophies after claiming Scottish League Cup in November.
The Irishman had a pleasant spell in the Premier League where his Liverpool side made a run for the title. A hallmark of Rodgers style is the importance he places on players showing character and Arsenal are terribly lacking more in character, as evidenced by their cataclysmic Carabao Cup final display, so this might not be such a bad thing.
He does deserve some commendation for the way he promotes pure soccer. During his spell at Liverpool, and even before with Swansea, he set his sides up to play attacking soccer and delivered just that. He might not be quite the tactician that Wenger is but Arsenal fans can strap themselves in for some forward-thinking soccer if Rodgers gets the go ahead.