Ian Wright tells Arsenal when to appoint 40-year-old as Arsene Wenger replacement
The Arsenal legend tells the Gunners to appoint Marco Silva as Arsene Wenger's replacement in 2019
Marco Silva would be a good contender to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in 2019, according to Ian Wright.
Arsene Wenger has faced relentless questions about his future over the past 24 months following Arsenal’s continued regression under the Frenchman.
However, the Gunners boss has managed to survive at the Emirates Stadium despite missing out on Champions League football for the first time under his management.
Wenger did lead the north London side to their third FA Cup crown in four seasons to make the former Monaco boss the most successful manager in the competition.
The 67-year-old signed a new deal with Arsenal in the summer that will run until the end of the 2018-19 season despite a disappointing Premier League campaign.
The Gunners have been linked with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe over the past 24 months or so.
However, former Arsenal striker Wright suggested Watford’s in-demand manager Silva could be a strong contender to replace Wenger.
Asked whether Silva could take over at Arsenal, Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Absolutely, without a doubt.
“He is one of those managers you feel is destined for bigger things. Hopefully Watford can keep him for two years.”
Silva has led Watford to eighth place in the Premier League title and five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are in fourth spot.