Gary Neville explains who should be next Arsenal manager

Gary Neville thinks Diego Simeone would be a good candidate to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville has underlined why he thinks Diego Simeone would be a perfect fit for Arsenal as their new manager.

The Gunners are on the lookout for a new man in charge after Arsene Wenger confirmed that he would be stepping down at the end of the season after 22 years at the north London club.

Wenger will lead Arsenal until the end of the season before stepping down as Gunners boss at the end of the campaign.

There is bound to be lots of speculation about who the north London club could appoint as their new manager, and Atletico Madrid boss Simeone has been touted as a possible target for the Gunners.

Former Manchester United defender Neville stated over the weekend that he thinks that Simeone would be a good fit for the north London club.

And he has moved to clarify why he thinks that ahead of Atletico Madrid’s trip to Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “I spoke about Diego Simeone as a candidate to replace Arsene Wenger in my podcast and the reaction I got on social media was that his style isn’t the Arsenal way.

“What I would say is Arsenal isn’t defined by Arsene Wenger.

“The last 10 years have been very different to the previous 10 years and if Arsenal feel the football they have to play is the ‘total football way’ then perhaps they’ll go for Luis Enrique, but Simeone is the outstanding candidate in terms of taking on rivals with bigger budgets.

“I do think Wenger will stay in football as I don’t see him as somebody who will sit back. He deserves an excellent role at a club, be it in their hierarchy or on the bench.”

Arsenal are preparing to host Atletico in the first leg of their semi-final clash at The Emirates this week.

The Gunners are aiming to try and win the tournament to book their place in the Champions League for next season.

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