Paul Merson urges Arsenal to pay £40m to get Brendan Rodgers.
If Paul Merson was the man in charge of hiring and firing managers at Arsenal he would have fired Unai Emery and replaced him with Brendan Rodgers. He also believes whoever is in charge of that decision should make it immediately.
Emery has struggled since he came to Arsenal while Brendan Rogers has taken less than a season to make second-placed Leicester City title challengers.
While the Gunners lose to teams like Sheffield United, Leicester have gone to Saint Mary’s and beaten Southampton 9-0. And of course, they beat Emery’s men just last week.
The former Gunner believes it is not a coincidence that Arsenal was beaten at the King Power Stadium and that it shows why they should be getting the former Liverpool boss no matter the cost.
Pay £40 Million for Rodgers
“I think he’s one of the best in the business,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m a massive fan, and if I was Arsenal, I’d have been ringing up Leicester and asking, ’how much do you want?’
“They’ve paid £72m for a winger who hasn’t played in the Premier League and has played in the French league [Nicolas Pepe]. I would pay £40m for Brendan Rodgers tomorrow morning.
“First of all, you give him a six-year contract. If he went into Arsenal tomorrow, he would make every single player better.
“He would improve them, and he would make them play a way that they all understand.
“At Leicester, he’s brought in Youri Tielemans and the centre-half Caglar Soyuncu [into the team]. But he’s sold Harry Maguire for £80m.
“He’s getting a tune out of every single player and Jamie Vardy is better than anyone in the league at the moment. He’s the best centre forward in the country at the moment.
“It’s only because Jonny Evans played for West Brom that Arsenal didn’t buy him.”
Merson does talk some rubbish at times. One could easily pick a ton of holes in his comments, but what it the point? He has spent his punditry career attacking Arsenal at every opportunity. I doubt he would ever listen to reason about his former club. He seems to have some sort of agenda.
I mean, does anyone really think that Rodgers is worth £40 Million? If you do, fine but at least check his finishing positions every season when he was in charge of Liverpool. Not as impressive as you may think.
I am not saying Rodgers would not do a good job at Arsenal but some perspective, please. We are not talking Jurgen Klopp here.