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Arsenal urged to replace Wenger with 'perfect' Martinez

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has given his backing for Everton manager Roberto Martinez to replace Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman finally decides to step down from his role in North London.

With Wenger's contract due to expire at the end of the current season and his team stuttering badly in recent weeks, speculation over his future has begun to circulate in recent days and it appears as if 'Wrighty' is in no doubt as to who should one day takeover the job.

"That’s the kind of manager that you want, a good young manager that has proven himself tactically, he knows what he’s doing" Wright - who established a formidable goalscoring reputation at Arsenal during a formidable seven-year spell at Highbury in the 1990s - was quoted by The Metro.

"It’s got to be that kind of man, Roberto Martinez, he’s the perfect one. If someone was to ask me who I want, I’d say Roberto Martinez. That’s the kind of manager you’ve got to be looking at to take Arsenal forward."

Wright's comments come in the aftermath of Sunday's entertaining clash at Goodison Park, where Martinez led his Everton side to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Arsenal thanks to goals from Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku and an unfortunate OG from former Toffees favourite Mikel Arteta.

The win was Everton's sixth in succession and put them just a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal - whose poor run of recent form has cost them any chance they had of winning the Premier League title - in the race for Champions League qualification.

From a neutral's perspective, Martinez does certainly appear to be an ideal Arsenal managerial candidate as an affable character with a proven track record of encouraging his teams - that include the likes of Swansea and Wigan as well as Everton - to play attractive and effective football.

However, it might just be that he requires a slightly longer spell on Merseyside before proving that he has what it takes to succeed at a club with supposed title aspirations.

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