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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour comments on potential Wenger successors

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Ray Parlour believes Jurgen Klopp and Rudi Garcia are good candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Despite his lack of recent success, Arsene Wenger has arguably been the greatest manager Arsenal have ever seen and former midfielder Ray Parlour claims appointing his replacement will be the hardest decision the club have ever had to make.

After Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement at the end of the 2012-13 Premier League season, Wenger became the top tier's legacy manager having held the reigns at the Gunners since 1996.

Although speculation has linked him with a move away from the club at the end of this season, nothing concrete has been announced regarding the 65-year-old's future, and nor does it need to. Wenger has a contract until 2017 and for the time being the veteran manager's position at Arsenal's helm looks secure.

Ray Parlour, who made 339 appearances at Arsenal between 1992 and 2004, was answering fans' questions on Sportlobster and when posed with who should eventually replace Wenger, he gave his opinion on Jurgen Klopp and Rudi Garcia.

He said: “That will be the hardest decision the club have to make. They need to have a replacement lined up.

“Klopp is having a bad time this season, but someone of his calibre is needed. He changes his tactics and has been in the Champions League before.

“Roma’s Rudi Garcia is another good manager. Wenger will have a say in who is brought in. He built the club up, won trophies and oversaw the new stadium.”

Klopp is a name that is constantly linked with Arsenal and is known to be the favoured choice among many of the club's supporters. However he has been having a torrid time with Borussia Dortmund this season with them currently sitting joint bottom of the Bundesliga.

Garcia on the other hand hasn't been as consistently linked but his record for Roma speaks for itself. Since his arrival at the Stadio Olimpico in June 2013 he has transformed the club from just above average to title challengers. Despite missing out on the league title last season they pushed Juventus harder than any club had in recent seasons, and look to be doing the same this campaign.

Like Parlour says, whoever it is that ends up succeeding the legendary Arsenal manager must have comparable abilities to these two men, both of whom could be an excellent appointment.

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