Ian Wright runs the rule over next Arsenal manager

The Arsenal legend opens up about Arsene Wenger's potential replacement

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has urged Arsenal to appoint a manager capable of bringing back “powerful football” to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are on the search for a new manager after Arsene Wenger confirmed that he will stand down at the end of the season.

Arsenal have regressed in recent seasons under the French head coach to threaten to damage his legacy at the north London side.

The Gunners finished outside the top four for the first time under Wenger last season and Arsenal are set to end up with their worst-ever Premier League finish since his appointment in 1996.

The north London outfit haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when club legends such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira inspired the Gunners to an unbeaten season.

Former Arsenal striker Wright discussed what attributes Wenger’s replacement needs to have to bring success back to the Gunners.

“Arsenal have got a style of football that Wenger brought to the club, very entertaining, quick on the break, great football. Everything about Wenger is how I think the fans will want Arsenal to play,” Wright told Sky Sports.

“But what you need beside that is the hard work; when you think about Barcelona in their pomp, it was about a lot of hard work, winning the ball back and then attacking teams.

“Arsenal with Wenger, through the unbeaten year and such, were unbelievable with their fitness, in the way they won the ball back and beat teams. They were an unbelievably powerful team.

“I’m sure that’s what they want, and the coach that comes in, if I’m [Ivan] Gazidis, I want a manager who will try to bring that style of play.

“Arsenal with Wenger, through the unbeaten year and such, were unbelievable with their fitness, in the way they won the ball back and beat teams. They were an unbelievably powerful team.

“I’m sure that’s what they want, and the coach that comes in, if I’m [Ivan] Gazidis, I want a manager who will try to bring that style of play.”

Arsenal will take on La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final after comfortable victories over Russian side CSKA Moscow and Italian giants AC Milan in the previous rounds.

The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons under Wenger.

The north London side are in sixth spot in the Premier League table.

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