Paul Merson names surprise choice as Arsene Wenger replacement at Arsenal

Paul Merson says he would be happy with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini managing Arsenal.

Former midfielder Paul Merson has suggested a new name as Arsene Wenger's successor.

Speaking to, Merson said he would be open to seeing Manuel Pellegrini take over at Arsenal in the future.

Manchester City confirmed this week that Pellegrini will leave his role as manager at the end of the season, with Pep Guardiola set to take over in the summer.

Asked about a potential Wenger replacement, Merson said: "I honestly don’t know. The way he’s handled himself, I would say Pellegrini of Man City.

"He’s been a credit. I mean, he could go on to win all three trophies in England and he still got the sack.”

Pellegrini's City lost his last game at The Emirates against Arsenal in December, but they have since rallied, and are two points ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League.

They are also in the Capital One Cup Final against Liverpool, and have a Champions League last 16 tie against Dinamo Kiev.

Bookies offering prices on Arsene Wenger's replacement do not even have Pellegrini listed as an option currently, with former strike legend Dennis Bergkamp listed as favourite.

Merson also added that he would like to see Harry Redknapp get the England job after Roy Hodgson, the man who beat him to the role in 2012.

He said: "I’ve always said Harry Redknapp. Again, it’s a hard one. I just hope it will be an English person because I always think every country should have their own countrymen leading them." 

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