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Liverpool legend John Barnes explains why Diego Simeone would be terrible for Arsenal

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone

John Barnes has urged Arsenal supporters to remain patient with Arsene Wenger, explaining that popular choice Diego Simeone would not be the right candidate.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone

Speaking to the Daily Star, former Liverpool winger John Barnes has explained why Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone would not be a good option to manage Arsenal.

Arsenal endured another mediocre season under Arsene Wenger and the club faithful have made it clear that the Frenchman should now resign from his post as manager of the Gunners.

Amid the agitation from the fans, Wenger has remained defiant and will be seeing out the final year of his contract, which expires at the end of the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Nonetheless, some section of the Arsenal supporters are not happy with Wenger’s decision to stay and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone seems to be the preferred replacement for the veteran Frenchman for majority fans of the North London side.

Liverpool legend John Barnes is not completely sold by the idea of Simeone managing Arsenal though and has gone on to explain why the Argentinean would not be a good option at the Emirates Stadium.

Barnes stated that there is not a good enough replacement in the market for Wenger at the moment and added that the potential arrival of Simeone could completely disrupt the current style of play that the Gunners’ adopt, in turn putting the futures of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in doubt.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Speaking to the Daily Star, the 52-year-old said, "Be careful what you wish for. Because you want to win the league, don’t tell me who you want to get rid of. Tell me who you want to come in. If you get rid of Wenger, who’s there to come in?

"[Jurgen] Klopp is not there, [Antonio] Conte’s not there, [Pep] Guardiola’s not there and [Carlo] Ancelotti's not there. So who’s going to come in that’s better than Wenger? They say [Diego] Simeone.

"He comes into Arsenal and you have to put up with the style of football that he plays. Then you have to get rid of five or six of the players straight away because they’re not Simeone players. And you’ve got your big players. [Alexis] Sanchez and [Mesut] Ozil – they’re not suited.

"Then what he will say is: ‘When I get rid of these players, I’ve now got to start my own thing. Because these players can’t do what I want. And in the first two or three years, instead of finishing second or third, we’ll maybe finish fifth or sixth.'

"So if Arsenal fans will put up with that, it’s going to be like the [EU referendum] leave campaign. You know, we want to leave and then maybe after five years it’s going to be great – but there’s no guarantees."

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