Chris Sutton reacts to Celtic's owner saying Brendan Rodgers is free to join Arsenal

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The football world almost came to a standstill on Friday.

In the morning, Arsenal released an unexpected statement to say that 22-year manager Arsene Wenger will leave the club at the end of the season.

The board would likely have brought his tenure to an end anyway, so the French legend decided to take matters into his own hands.

Now, the Gunners will be searching for a new manager for the first time since 1996.

A whole number of high-profile names are being linked, including Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti and Joachim Low.

You also have former players Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry being touted as potential successors.

However, the favourite for the job is quite an unexpected candidate; Brendan Rodgers.

While his time at Liverpool is often met with criticism - despite nearly leading them to their first ever Premier League title - Rodgers' stint at Celtic has been nothing short of brilliant.

While the competition in Scotland isn't exactly the best, going unbeaten for an entire season was still a remarkable achievement.

Celtic v Greenock Morton - Scottish Cup Quarter Final

You'd think they'd want to keep hold of him, but Celtic's owner Dermot Desmond appeared to actually offer him to Arsenal.

“I’m glad that he’s the favourite because he deserves to be the favourite," he said. "He’s an outstanding person and we wouldn’t like him to leave.

“But we can’t force anybody to stay and hopefully his love for the club, and the setup there, will induce him to stay at Celtic .”

Some weird comments and what former Bhoys player Chris Sutton has said on the matter is bang on the money.

Celtic v Paris Saint Germain - UEFA Champions League

He said: “Dermot says he won’t stand in Brendan’s way - but he should be standing in his way. Where’s the ambition?

“It is always going to be difficult if a club like Arsenal come calling but Celtic have to put up some kind of fight to keep him.

“You don’t just simply step aside and wish him the best of luck. Celtic are a big club in their own right but Dermot coming out with this kind of stuff just makes them look small fry.

“We keep being told Brendan is building something at Celtic so it would be a backwards step to simply let him go.

Celtic v Greenock Morton - Scottish Cup Quarter Final

“However you look at it, he is the best man for the job. You can’t just wave goodbye to your ace card.”

He's right, Desmond has done little to help the Scottish game develop with his bizarre comments.

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