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Arsenal backed to sack Mikel Arteta and hire Brendan Rodgers – 'Better than Solskjaer'


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is under mounting pressure as his side have been dragged into a relegation battle despite harbours Champions League hopes at the start of the season. The Gunners languish in 15th place in the Premier League table, five points above the bottom three.

There have been calls for Arteta to be sacked before Arsenal fall into more trouble.

Out-of-contract bosses Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have been linked with the Gunners hottest in recent weeks.

However, club hero Paul Merson would like to see Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers replace Arteta.

He reckons the Northern Irishman would be more successful than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been at Manchester United.

“Brendan Rodgers is a better manager than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Manchester United still have more chance of winning the title than Leicester,” Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.

“Leicester do well against the top teams. But they’ve lost at home to Aston Villa, West Ham, Fulham and Everton.

“When they can play on the counter they are as good as anybody. But they lose too often against teams they have to have a go at. They get picked off.

“I still think Rodgers is doing a good job. He should be the Arsenal manager. He’s been absolutely outstanding there.

“But he doesn’t have the resources or the players to make them title contenders. United do, and will probably be in the mix at the end of the season.

“I just think United fall behind too much in matches. It’s like they need something to happen before their players start performing.

“This is a big game for both teams and I think Leicester will sit off and let United have a go at them.

“If they can get more consistent, Leicester won’t be far off contending for the title. But at the moment they are losing to Everton one game and then beating Tottenham the next.”

Meanwhile, former defender Tony Adams reckons Arteta’s job is safe so long as the owners do not put pressure on technical director Edu.

“As long as the sports director doesn’t come under too much pressure, he stays in position,” Adams said.

“But the minute someone questions the sports director, what are these players you’re putting to the manager. Then, you sack the coach, or the sporting director.”





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