Stan Collymore: Who Arsenal should appoint as their next manager

Stan Collymore explains why Arsenal should appoint Diego Simeone as Arsene Wenger's permanent successor

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Stan Collymore believes Arsenal should appoint Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone as their next manager.

The former Argentina midfielder masterminded Atletico’s 2-0 victory over Champions League holders Barcelona in the last eight on Wednesday night which knocked Luis Enrique’s side out of the competition 3-1 on aggregate.

A manager worth his salt likes to build a team and Arsenal are in a much better position to do that than Atleti in the coming seasons

Stan Collymore

Arsenal crashed out of Europe’s top tier competition this season after a 5-1 aggregate defeat by Barcelona, which included a humiliating 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are 13 points behind Leicester City in the Premier League title race and Arsenal lost their first FA Cup game in three seasons following a 2-1 defeat by London rivals Watford in north London in March.

Writing in his Boylesports column, former Liverpool striker earmarked Simeone as the type of manager that Arsenal should appoint as Wenger’s successor.

“If you watched Atletico triumph over Barca, you can’t fail to be impressed by the leadership, individual and collective responsibility, work rate and the thou shall not pass mentality of the capital club,” Collymore said.

“This is what Arsenal football club need. Passion, leadership and drive. You add that to their undoubted ability this season and they walk the league.

“As great as the Leicester story is, in the Premier League (clue is in the title folks), it should be a given that players work hard, have individual and collective responsibility on the pitch, but with the quality of a premium product on top.

“This is what Arsenal could have achieved this season but like so many of the last 10 attempts, the obvious traits of winners were woefully lacking.”

Collymore added: “‘Why would Simeone come to Arsenal?’ Well in my best Blue Peter voice, here’s a few I cooked up earlier.

“Atleti are in debt, they have to sell their best players on an annual basis. Arsenal aren’t in debt, they have more cash in the bank than Atletico Madrid will have if they win the next five Champions Leagues.

“A manager worth his salt likes to build a team and Arsenal are in a much better position to do that than Atleti in the coming seasons.

“And Simeone’s style doesn’t fit Arsenal? Complete rubbish. Just because Atleti defend well and Arsenal don’t, please don’t confuse this as a contrast of styles.”

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