Nigel Winterburn: I'd appoint Jurgen Klopp if Arsene Wenger stepped down

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Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has offered two ways in which the club could appoint Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as their new manager this summer, but reiterated his desire to see Arsene Wenger honour the remaining two years of his contract.

The Gunners fans' favourite conceded that news of the German coach's availability has raised a conundrum for the north London outfit's board of directors, and although he admitted that Klopp would be a perfect fit for the Premier League giants he says they must keep faith in the current long-serving tactician.

"If Arsene Wenger decides to step down or move upstairs, then obviously he [Klopp] is a manager with the credentials," explained Winterburn in an interview with "The way his teams play, I think a lot of people would think it's a perfect fit.

"It sounds good, it sounds right, I think in essence you never really know until that manager comes in and you see the players leave and the players come in, and where the team will finish.

"It looks right, but again I would always hold judgement and wait – while supporting that manager – until he's had at least one season to show what his methods are and what he can do for the football club."

Klopp has long been heralded as a potential successor to Wenger at the Emirates, and after the 47-year-old confirmed in a press conference last week that he'll leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, rumours of a possible move to England have gathered pace.

However, Winterburn suggests that Arsenal supporters must respect the longevity of Wenger's impact at the club and everything he has achieved since joining them in 1996, saying it would be wrong to dismiss the veteran manager, particularly given the fine form his side have shown in 2015.

The Gunners currently occupy second place in the Premier League table and also booked their place in a second successive FA Cup final following their 2-1 victory over Reading at Wembley last weekend.

"My thoughts are quite clear, and that's why I talk about the next three years," added the retired left-back. "This year we've just had, in terms of the spending power and the players coming in, and the next two, where we'll see the vision of where Arsenal are going to go and where they'll be after that.

"I would like Arsene Wenger to see out the next two years," - Nigel Winterburn

"I would like Arsene Wenger to see out the next two years, and see where we are then, but obviously, with Klopp leaving Dortmund, it sort of puts the conundrum in because he's been linked with Arsenal before, particularly when Arsenal were struggling.

"Wenger was coming under severe pressure, so I understand where it's coming from but I would be surprised if there was a change this summer."

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