Paul Merson: Arsenal should be ‘breaking the bank’ to appoint 46-year-old

Arsenal legend Paul Merson says the Gunners do everything in their power to try and appoint Brendan Rodgers as their manager

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Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to do everything in their power to appoint Brendan Rodgers as their new manager.

Current Gunners boss Unai Emery is facing an uncertain future at the north London outfit following Arsenal’s inconsistent performances and underwhelming results.

Arsenal have squandered a lead in their last three games in all competitions against Crystal Palace, Liverpool FC and Wolves to raise questions about Emery’s ability to motivate the Gunners team.

Granit Xhaka was stripped of the club captaincy on Tuesday after his public fallout with the Gunners supporters during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.

Leicester City are in third place in the Premier League table and six points ahead of Emery’s side in the race to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Brendan Rodgers has transformed the Foxes from a club fearing relegation into a team that looks like favourites to finish in the Premier League’s top four this term ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United.

Sky Sports pundit Merson believes the Gunners should be “breaking the bank” to appoint Rodgers as their new manager.

“I cannot speak highly enough of Rodgers,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Chairmen up and down the country will be thinking ‘how did we not get him?’

“This Leicester team were languishing in mid-table and going nowhere until Rodgers came in, and in less than 12 months he’s got the whole squad are playing with confidence, they all know they are doing and look like a proper team.

“At 4.30pm on Saturday, when Liverpool and City were losing, Leicester were in the title race. That may be beyond them this season, but I’d go as far as saying that this current team is better than the side that won the Premier League in 2015/16. If they beat Arsenal on Saturday, they will be in the driving seat for the top four.

“Rodgers has done so well that Leicester have a job on their hands keeping hold of him. If I were Arsenal, I’d be breaking the bank to get him, give him a five-year contract and sit back and watch him transform the club.”

Arsenal haven’t finished in the top four in the last three Premier League seasons under Arsene Wenger and his predecessor Emery.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004.

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