Pundit backs invincible Arsenal legend to succeed Emery as Gunners boss

Date published: Wednesday 30th October 2019 2:36 - Steve Pearson


Ex-Arsenal stalwart Nigel Winterburn has tipped a legendary Arsenal invincible to take over the reins at the Emirates if the club decides to part ways with Unai Emery.

The Spanish manager is experiencing extreme turbulence of late, with the Granit Xhaka debacle compounding the fans’ dismay with top earner Mesut Ozil’s continued exclusion from the first-team.

After a shock defeat to newly-promoted Sheffield United and settling for a draw with cross-town rivals Crystal Palace despite taking a two-goal lead, the Gunners currently sit four points adrift of the top four.

While Emery’s job isn’t understood to be under any immediate threat, the current trend and general feeling of discontent around the Emirates has lead to speculation surrounding who may succeed the former PSG boss should the trigger be pulled on a change.

Jose Mourinho recently threw his name into the mix with a key personal motive cited as to why he’d be the man for the job, but former Arsenal full-back Winterburn believes Arsenal should look no further than ex-midfield general Patrick Vieira.

The 43-year-old Frenchman became an all-time Arsenal great during his decade-long sting in North London, and could be the man to revitalise Arsenal in the same way that Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has rejuvenated the Blues.



“I would say keep an eye on what’s happening with Patrick Vieira,” Winterburn said

“If someone like that could prove they are able to run a club in the right way, then Arsenal may look towards that eventually.

“I don’t know if they would be as brave to go with someone like [Freddie] Ljungberg or [Mikel] Arteta.

“They may be terrific coaches but when you take that manager’s role it steps up another couple of levels again.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal have offered counselling to Granit Xhaka amid concerns over the star’s well-being.


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