Merson: Klopp better suited to Arsenal than Manchester City

The former Gunners midfielder believes the Borussia Dortmund manager wouldn't be a good fit at the Etihad.

Sky Sports' Paul Merson has said on Soccer Saturday that he believes Jurgen Klopp is not a manager that would suit Manchester City.

The Borussia Dortmund manager revealed this week that he would be stepping down from the Bundesliga side, sparking the rumour mill into life over where he will end up next.

One possible destination is Manchester City, with manager Manuel Pellegrini under increasing pressure after a disappointing season in which his side have failed to defend their Premier League crown and been knocked out of the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

There is also still a distinct possibility that they may finish outside of the top four, and Merson thinks a failure to beat West Ham United on Sunday would see the Chilean sacked - although he is not convinced that Klopp is the right man to replace him.

“If they lose tomorrow I would be shocked if he’s manager on Monday morning,” he said on Soccer Saturday.

“I don’t think Klopp ticks the boxes for Manchester City [because] the team is too old. I think he’d look at it and think ‘I can’t put my stamp on this team’. He plays at a very high tempo and wants to win the ball back very quickly, this team can’t do that. He’d have to sign seven or eight players.”

In contrast, the former Arsenal midfielder believes the highly rated manager would be a perfect fit for his old club as a replacement for Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman was under pressure at the Emirates before last season’s FA Cup triumph ended a long trophy drought, although some are still calling for him to call time at his long run in charge.

Merson isn’t one of those, although he does think Wenger may look at the situation and suggest Klopp as his replacement.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsene Wenger went and won the FA Cup and then said go and get him,” he added.

“Klopp ticks all the boxes for Arsenal, the way they play, they’re energetic and they’ve got pace in the team. I think he might turn around to the board and say ‘managers of this calibre don’t come around too often.’”

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