Paul Merson: The difference between Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Man United manager

The former Arsenal midfielder discusses what needs to change under Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson has criticised Arsene Wenger’s ability to coach his Arsenal teams to dig deep and battle to a point at their biggest rivals like Manchester United have done under Jose Mourinho.

The Gunners boss has been heavily criticised for Arsenal’s disappointing Champions League and Premier League campaign this season with his current deal set to expire in the summer.

However, Wenger is expected to pen a contract extension to prolong his Arsenal reign for another two seasons despite the north London side exiting in the Champions League last-16 stage for the seventh successive season.

Mourinho was appointed as Manchester United boss at the start of the 2016-17 season but his Red Devils side finished in sixth place behind Arsenal, although the 20-time English champions could finish with two trophies.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Wenger’s future at Arsenal and what needs to change under the 67-year-old Frenchman, former Gunners midfielder Merson said:

“If they keep Wenger, I don’t see them getting close to the top. I just think tactically Wenger has lost it.

“Sometimes you’ve got to play games like horses for courses. Mourinho goes to places, sets up and makes sure they don’t get beat, Wenger does not play that game.

“He opens the game up and says: ‘You have a shot, we have a shot, best team wins.'”

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