Ray Wilkins makes bold claim about Premier League manager, says he could walk into Arsenal job

The former Chelsea and Aston Villa assistant is certain that Southampton's Ronald Koeman has what it takes to manage the Gunners.

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa assistant manager Ray Wilkins has made a bold claim about Southampton manager Ronald Koeman by telling talkSPORT that he is sure the Dutchman would have what it takes to walk into the Arsenal job tomorrow. 

With the Gunners having blow another chance at a first Premier League title in 12 years in recent weeks, speculation about Arsene Wenger's future at the club is arguably at an all-time high.

Much has also been discussed about who would be the likely candidates to take over from the long-serving French boss if he or the club do decide to take drastic action in the near future.

One coach whose name has come up in the debate is that of Koeman, who has impressed at the Saints since taking charge in the summer of 2014.

After leading the club to a seventh-place finish - their highest placing since 1990 - in his first season at St. Mary's last term, the side are currently eighth with four matches remaining of the current campaign.

Wilkins believes that the former Dutch international has proven that he has the ability to manage a top club, and told talkSPORT that the 53-year-old could walk into the Arsenal job "tomorrow" if asked.

Wilkins said: "Ronald Koeman could go into Arsenal tomorrow. I’ve been so impressed with him. He’s built two teams at Southampton, and he’s been mentioned for the Manchester United job in the past.

"He’s done a wonderful job there. He loves to play the younger guys as well, he gives them an opportunity to play regular first-team football. And of course he has the experience of being with some massive clubs as a player."

It remains to be seen if Wenger will be at the Emirates Stadium next season to continue his 20-year reign at the club.

However, the Gunners have seen their lead over fifth-placed Manchester United cut to just a single point, and if they fail to even qualify for the Champions League after being serious title contenders two months ago, the Frenchman may well find his job under unprecedented threat.

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