Vieira tipped to succeed Wenger at Arsenal by Merson

Date published: Friday 24th March 2017 4:05

Paul Merson expects Arsene Wenger to stay at Arsenal for one more year before being replaced by Patrick Vieira.

Wenger’s future as Arsenal manager has come in for intense scrutiny this season, with his contract expiring in the summer.

Many fans have called for the Frenchman to be removed from the post, but it is believed that a two-year contract extension has been offered, and Wenger is expected to stay.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Gunners midfielder Merson feels that the 68-year-old will stay one more year before being replaced by current New York City FC head coach and Arsenal legend Vieira.

“My instincts tell me he’s [Wenger] going to sign and he’s waiting for a big win and he’ll sign for another year,” Merson said.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays a year and then Patrick Vieira comes in.

“He’s learning his trade over at New York City, he’s been at Man City, and he brings a winning mentality, he won’t take any rubbish.

“Arsenal look too nice at the moment. I think that could happen and the fans would love that.

“The players don’t seem like they’re working that hard for the manager at the moment, which is sad.

“Whoever comes in it’s going to be a step-up – it’s a big, big football club but I don’t see a problem.

“He’s a legend, which gives you some leeway. I just think he’ll get his team playing the way he played the game, which is what they need at the moment.”

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