Wednesday 26 April 2017

Paul Merson explains why Arsene Wenger would never have signed Roy Keane for Arsenal

Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira clash at Highbury in 1999 during one of their many battles. Photo credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport
Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira clash at Highbury in 1999 during one of their many battles. Photo credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

It was English football's biggest rivalry for years. Manchester United v Arsenal, Roy Keane v Patrick Vieira.

From tunnel stare-downs to pitch bust-ups, the Irishman was always a central part in a feisty affair. While there was no doubt mutual respect between the pair, Arsene Wenger would never have tolerated Keane in an Arsenal side, according to former Gunner Paul Merson.

"Arsene wouldn’t have a Roy Keane playing for him," Merson told Sky Sports.

"He wouldn’t have a Mark Bosnich playing for him. They have opinions. If players aren’t playing well, they’d get up and say they won’t accept that. This manager doesn’t want that. He has surrounded himself with nice people."

With Wenger's future at the club in doubt, Merson has called on Arsenal go for Barcelona boss Luis Enrique or Everton's Ronald Koeman to come in at the Emirates.

"Arsene Wenger will be at Paris St-Germain next season – and Arsenal should get Ronald Koeman or Luis Enrique to replace him," Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.

"Arsenal need someone who is going to come in and sort it out. The players are just picking up their money on the merry-go-round.

"Arsenal need someone much more ruthless. Someone like Koeman. He’s got a mean streak and he doesn’t let his players get away with anything."

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