Jamie Redknapp thinks Diego Simeone would instil the toughness that Arsenal need to become Premier League champions.
Like many Arsenal fans, the former Tottenham midfielder is of the believe that Arsene Wenger should quit the club and make way for a fresh face.
Arsenal are in a prime position to qualify for the Champions League for the 19th straight season after beating West Brom 2-0 on Thursday but Redknapp, on punditry duty for Sky Sports, thinks the north London club need a change of direction.
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Fans have grown increasingly frustrated as the Gunners’ 12-year wait for a Premier League trophy continues.
That was evidenced in the number of empty seats at the Emirates Stadium last night. Fans are starting to show their displeasure by staying at home.
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Simeone has worked wonders for Atletico Madrid, guiding the Spanish club to a La Liga title and Champions League final despite being in direct competition with the ultra-rich Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The feisty Argentine hasn’t shown any interest in leaving the Spanish capital but Redknapp thinks Arsenal should target him regardless, while also mentioning Germany manager Joachim Low’s name as a possible target.
“The trouble is where do you go?” Redknapp told Sky Sports, per the Daily Mail. “There's not too many managers out there who match this brilliant club in terms of style.
“Joachim Low maybe? Simeone would certainly be an up-and-at-them choice.”
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith agreed, adding the Gunners would be “harder to beat” if Simeone arrived.
Simeone proved his talent against Barcelona
Europe witnessed Atletico Madrid suppress Barcelona in their recent Champions League meeting, the Catalan side unable to score against Atleti in the second leg.
Smith said: “I don't think the chemistry is right in terms of nastiness and leaders. I think you could get a better performance out there than what Wenger brings.
“For example Diego Simeone would make them harder to beat - he brings that steeliness.
“There needs to be a change of attitude in how they approach games. They need to become better organised, more resilient but we say that every season.”
Anyone who has watched Atletico Madrid this season will notice a disciplined side that suffocates their opponents.
They’ve only conceded 16 goals in La Liga, which reflects incredibly well on Simeone’s defensive capabilities.
While Arsenal’s defence isn’t the main reason why they have struggled, improving that aspect of their performance would certainly help when Olivier Giroud goes on his inevitable goal droughts.
The Gunners will likely persist with Wenger for another season but his contract expires at the end of next season.
But another trophy-less season will almost certainly bring his reign at Arsenal to an end.