Paul Merson has revealed that he would be “shocked” if Brendan Rodgers did not take over Arsene Wenger as the manager of Arsenal next season.
Merson explained during his conversation with Jeff Stelling for Sky Bet’s Twitter account and revealed that it was the right time for Rodgers to depart Parkhead at the end of the season.
The Sky Sport pundit is convinced that the managerial job at the Emirates will be available following a poor run under Arsene Wenger this season and backed Rodgers to take over the Frenchman.
Merson stated in the video for Sky Bet’s Twitter Account:
“I don’t know why he doesn’t get the Arsenal job?”
“He fits Arsenal great, the nearest Liverpool have ever come to winning the league for a long long time is when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.
“He’s done nothing wrong at Celtic, to do what they’ve done, people can say it’s Scottish football and Celtic are head and shoulders above, but every team they played on that run treated it like a cup final, which is difficult sometimes.
“Especially when you’re Celtic and know you’re better than everybody else, but I think he (Rodgers) now needs a change and needs to come back down.
“I’ll be shocked if he didn’t get a good job, I’d be quite shocked if he didn’t get the Arsenal job.”
Brendan Rodgers was appointed Bhoys manager back in May 2016 following the exit of Ronny Deila and became the first manager in the club’s history to win the first four domestic trophies available when Celtic beat Motherwell for the Scottish League Cup in November same year.
Brendan Rodgers for Arsenal is not a bad wish by the Arsenal legend. The club a good fit and Rodgers’ reputation is fully re-established following an impressive two years at Celtic, where he has won trophies, overseen two Champions League seasons and taken Celtic to the verge of seven consecutive league trophies as they eye a fabled ten-in-a-row.
Moreover, his preferred attacking, attractive football style of play would be another reason why he’s best fit for the Arsenal job. The wretched end to the northern Irishman’s time at Liverpool will put off many, but that should not be the decisive factor to chairmen if he decides he has nothing more to prove in Scottish football.