Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn has suggested in the London Evening Standard the only way Jurgen Klopp will become the club’s manager for next season.
Klopp recently announced that he was leaving Borussia Dortmund, which has created speculation over his next job, with the Standard suggesting that he could be a target for the Gunners this summer.
However, for that to happen Winterburn says Arsene Wenger needs to take it upon himself to step out of the way to create the opportunity for Klopp to come in.
“If Arsene Wenger decides to step down or move upstairs, then obviously he’s a manager with the credentials, the way his teams play, I think a lot of people would think it’s a perfect fit,” he said.
“Wenger was coming under severe pressure, so I understand where it’s coming from but I would be surprised if there was a change this summer.”
Arsenal confirmed on their website last summer that Wenger had signed a new long term deal, with another two years to run after this season.
Wenger would need to decide that he’s taken Arsenal as far as he can in terms of domestic and European football, but there are still questions he may feel need answering before he retires.
The risk Arsenal take is that the club Klopp ultimately goes to could put him on a long term deal and stick by him, meaning Arsenal would have missed their opportunity to snap him up.