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Sunday 23 July 2017

Arsenal legend hints Wenger could be one game from a sudden exit

Paul Merson
Paul Merson
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has claimed that Arsene Wenger could not survive as the club’s manager if his side lose against Hull this weekend.

Back-to-back defeats against Watford and Chelsea have all-but ended Arsenal’s latest challenge for the Premier League title, with pressure mounting on Wenger to step down at the end of this season.

Merson, who won two league titles with Arsenal during his career with the club, has been an outspoken critic of Wenger in recent years and he fears the tide of opinion will turn against the Gunners boss for good if they slip up again this weekend.

“This is typical Arsenal,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They will win 3-0 (against Hull), everything will be great again and Arsene Wenger will be the best manager in the world.

“The pressure is on, though, as if they lose this game I don’t see how he can keep his job. It would be that toxic that I couldn’t see him staying. Hull are doing very well but Arsenal tend to beat these teams.”

Merson also suggested the current Arsenal side are falling behind their local rivals Tottenham, as he suggested Alexis Sanchez was the only member of Wenger’s line-up that would get into the current Spurs team.

“I don’t know where they would be (without Alexis Sanchez),” he added. “He’s their one player. I was talking to someone the other day and I said that if you put Tottenham’s best 11 that they can get on the football pitch and put Arsenal best 11 next to it, Sanchez is the only player that gets in to the Spurs team.

“If you go through the team, I just don’t see who else gets in. That can’t be right.”

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