Paul Merson urges Arsenal to appoint 50-year-old as Arsene Wenger’s replacement

The Arsenal legend wants the Gunners to appoint Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri as their new manager

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to appoint Massimiliano Allegri as Arsene Wenger’s replacement to ensure a smooth transition.

The Gunners boss announced that he will stand down as manager at the end of the current campaign following a disappointing season.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a long way behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games to play.

The north London side could still qualify for the Champions League if the Gunners win the Europa League title this season.

Allegri, who is currently in charge of Serie A champions Juventus, has been linked with the Arsenal post ahead of the summer.

The Juventus boss masterminded a Champions League win over Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16.

Former Arsenal star Merson believes Allegri would be the ideal replacement for Wenger at the end of the current campaign.

“If they want a smooth transition, it will be Allegri. He plays a similar way,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“He will need two or three players. If it is Enrique. It is a wole change. He will do unbelievably well to win the league next year.”

Allegri has led Juventus to three Serie A titles, two Champions League finals and three Coppa Italia titles.

The 50-year-old won the Serie A crown with AC Milan in 2010-11 before he replaced Antonio Conte at Juventus in 2014.

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