Former Arsenal star urges the Gunners to go all out and hire Brendan Rodgers

Former Gunner Perry Groves urges Arsenal to go for Brendan Rodgers.

Arsenal have been advised to take the bold step of poaching Brendan Rodgers from Leicester City as they begin their search for a new manager.

The Gunners have just fired Unai Emery as their manager and named Freddie Ljungberg as interim manager.

They are reportedly looking at other targets with Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo leading the way.

Brendan Rodgers has been mentioned among their list of targets before now, but the former Liverpool boss is enjoying a very productive and successful season at the King Power Stadium.

Despite the Irishman being in one of the best-run clubs in the Premier League, former Arsenal star, Perry Groves believes that he would jump at the chance of becoming the next Arsenal manager.

“They need to go with experience,” Groves told talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday.

“They need someone with Premier League experience with a clear vision and a clear direction.

“There are three candidates, for me.

“Brendan Rodgers – you would go all out to get him no matter how much he cost, if you could.

“Would he want to leave Leicester? We’re a bigger a club… of course he would want to leave Leicester!

“Leicester are a very well-run club, but they’re not one of the big six clubs, and I think Rodgers wants something to prove with one of the big clubs.

“And if he’d be backed by the board as Emery was in the summer… he’d he perfect, because we’re in disarray.

“The others are Nuno Espirito Santo or Mauricio Pochettino.

“The players had completely lost faith in Emery and his tactics, when you watch us defend it’s like trying to herd cats, and at least with Nuno Arsenal would have an identity, he has a philosophy of playing.

“And why wouldn’t you try to get Pochettino? Just to wind that lot up, that would be funny.”

Leicester City was approached by Tottenham when they wanted to replace Mauricio Pochettino with Brendan Rodgers, but the Foxes rejected their advances, they would most likely do the same thing to Arsenal.


  1. RSH says:

    I wouldn’t mind Rodgers. He’s proven himself in EPL by now and can get the best out of squads. As for who the next manager is going to be, I dont think Arsenal know themselves right now, so any outlet claiming they know is 99% likely talking nonsense. Going to be a few weeks before something is sorted out I assume.

  2. simon says:

    no thanks

  3. Uzi Ozil says:

    I thought he was arsenals target before hiring Emery

  4. Wolfgang says:

    BR has proven himself in the epl. He was within a whisker of winning the epl.
    It would be a gamble with Howe. I would not mind Wilder or the Portuguese guy.

  5. HA559 says:

    We got some players who lack class in this team. If they weren’t playing for the manager all of this time, why were they not playing for the club, the supporters or even their own wages. The players are more influential in their social network than they are on the pitch, they’re a disgrace those of those who turn the back on the manager. No doubt there were a few who did so but there is a lot more wrong than the manager. Atleast he was trying to change things. I remember back in Wenger last season or two, he would comeup with the same players every game expecting a different performance.

    Good luck to Unai, hope he can go back to another club like Sevilla or Valencia and make them better

    1. RSH says:

      Agree. They are all posting about thanking Unai, yet how many took Unai’s failings as a pass not to try? Credible rumors about these players laughing behind his back. I dont think fans would find the situation we are in to be funny. Unai was not good enough, but I dont think anybody can accuse him of not trying. Can’t say the same about many of these players.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        👍 👍 They now have nowhere to hide. The spotlight is now on their playing performances, commitment, professionalism and pride in representing the Arsenal, not their instagram posts.
        Why would Brendon Rogers leave Leicester City to come to Arsenal given the current situation. Can anybody imagine (given past experience) Kroenke paying out Leicester for Rogers, after footing the £15 million for Emery and his staff?

  6. Grandad says:

    Groves is entitled to his opinion but Rogers has already indicated that he is entirely happy with a side that is on the up unlike Arsenal.The same applies to the Wolves Manager, who is a one dimensional tactician who plays a rigid back five system which is strongly based on counter attacking.Emery tried this system with Arsenal and failed because our centre backs are lacking in ability.It doesn’t matter who our Manager is, if he persists with the likes of the hapless Sokratis, Luis and Mustafi, relegation will become a distinct possibility.I only hope Ljungberg plays Chambers and Holding at CB at Norwich.

    1. RSH says:

      A better coach can get better out of the defense (i hope). Luiz wasn’t this terrible before he moved to Arsenal. There seems to be a pattern of players performances dropping once they come to Arsenal.Defensive players especially. I’m not ready to say it is all down to our personnel.

  7. NY_Gunner says:

    Must say, I’m havin a laugh here. Wenger out, Emery out and pack patting all around. Nobody thinks about”What now? “… Hope you’re all satisfied… 😂😂😂😂

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      most fans here thinks managing a real club is as simple as Fifa20 or any football manager game

  8. Truth says:

    Rodgers would be my first choice.

    1. Restless says:

      Mee too. I read Leicester paid 8.8m pounds to break his contract and those of his backroom staff with Celtic. His salary is reportedly 5m pounds a year at Leicester. Trying to get him from Leicester is going to be expensive. Maybe 10m pounds to break the contracts, salary of maybe 6m pounds like Emery plus 4m pounds compensation to Emery for the balance of his contract. This is looking like 20m pounds already. I am not sure if Kroenke wants to spend that much. We do not know if Leicester will release him or if he is willing to come. Leicester can refuse him permission to speak to Arsenal and that will be the end of the story. Given Leicester’s position right now I do not see Leicester letting him go halfway through the season.

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