Ian Wright replies when asked if Arsenal legends could replace Arsene Wenger
The Arsenal legend issues his backing for Mikel Arteta, Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira in the race to become next Gunners boss
Ian Wright insists he wouldn’t be worried about Mikel Arteta, Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira taking over the reins from Arsene Wenger as long as the Arsenal legends have a clear plan of action.
The Gunners are embarking on their search for a replacement for their iconic manager Wenger after the Frenchman confirmed that he will stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since French duo Henry and Vieira helped to inspire the Gunners to an incredible unbeaten season in 2003-04.
The north London outfit finished outside the top four for the first time under Wenger last season after Arsenal ended up in fifth spot in the table behind their bitter rivals Liverpool FC.
The Gunners could finish as low as seventh in the current campaign to highlight their disappointing regression under Wenger over the past four or five seasons.
Former Arsenal striker Wright has backed Arteta, Henry or Vieira to replace Wenger as long as they have a concrete plan for how to rejuvenate the club.
“The new manager who comes in, if he sees that, recognises that, and brings in the players that can focus and concentrate, all of a sudden you have a defensive unit sorted, and they can go forward and play freely,” Wright told Sky Sports.
“That’s why I believe that if Arsenal do get the right man, we will see results on the pitch change very quickly, because if rumours are to be believed, they’re not training as hard as the likes of Liverpool or Man City, in respects to the coaching side.
“We mention Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Mikel Arteta, it doesn’t bother me, as long as they have a plan of action going forward, because the attitude of the players has to change and they have to get players in that buy into the plan.
“The fact is Arsene has set Arsenal in a certain way for many years, now you want someone to come in and set them on a new path.”
Arsenal are in sixth spot in the Premier League table and a long way behind bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are in the final Champions League spot.