Arsenal fans are not happy with the man Ian Wright wants to replace Wenger

Arsene Wenger officially said goodbye to Arsenal on Sunday after 22 years with the club.

His first game at the helm began with a 2-0 victory at Blackburn on 12 October 1996, and he signed off with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield.

The man that scored both goals on Wenger’s first game in charge was none other than Ian Wright.

The former Arsenal forward has since become a pundit, and naturally, has become heavily interested in who succeeds Wenger.

After the French international announced he would leave the club last month, Wright stated that he wanted someone who was going to keep with Arsenal’s entertaining style of play.

“Arsenal have got a style of football that Wenger brought to the club, very entertaining, quick on the break, great football,” he said on the debate. “Everything about Wenger is how I think the fans will want Arsenal to play.

“But what you need beside that is the hard work; when you think about Barcelona in their pomp, it was about a lot of hard work, winning the ball back and then attacking teams.

“Arsenal with Wenger, through the unbeaten year and such, were unbelievable with their fitness, in the way they won the ball back and beat teams. They were an unbelievably powerful team.

“If I’m [Ivan] Gazidis, I want a manager who will try to bring that style of play.”


Wright didn’t name a preferred candidate on the debate, but he has now named the man he wants to see replace Wenger.

Speaking on Match of the Day on Sunday night, Wright confirmed that he would like to see Mikel Arteta take the job.

“I quite like the feel of Mikel Arteta,” he said. “You’ve got to take a chance on people.

“They took a chance on Wenger. He’s someone that knows the club, he’s been under Pep [Guardiola] for a number of years, seeing what he’s been doing.

“I think the players need a kick up the backside and I think he may be the man to do it.”

That’s not a very popular choice at all.

Arteta is perhaps one of the, if not the most inexperienced man in the running.

He only has two years in coaching, having been a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City since 2016.

He has no experience in management.

And as a result, Arsenal fans are not happy at all with Wright’s choice.

Many think they need an experienced manager with the reputation of winning trophies, and they made Wright aware of that fact on Twitter.


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