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'Class act' Arsene Wenger may be near final whistle, suggests Idris Elba


The actor has aired his views on the Arsenal manager.

Idris Elba has described Arsene Wenger as a “class act,” but said it may be time for the Arsenal manager to move on.

The long-standing Arsenal fan said Wenger had taken the team as far as he could since taking the job in 1996.

Adding his voice to growing discontent with the manager’s performance, he told the Press Association: “Arsene is a class act but there is this vibe at the moment that maybe he’s not as clear about how to get a team to continue their success.

“He comes from a group where, if he’s got a young team, he can pull them up from the ranks really well. But he doesn’t have the wickedest track record with teams that need to sustain.”

Criticism has been mounting against the 67-year-old Frenchman, who has failed to secure a league title for the team in years.

Humiliating losses to Bayern Munich this year have led to a social media campaign calling for Arsenal’s longest-serving boss to be replaced.

“People are wondering if it’s time for him to move on,” Idris added.

The Luther star’s comments came as he spoke of his latest project, which will see him take over BBC Three to showcase young talent in UK music, sport and film.

The Idris Takeover will be available on BBC Three from March 27.

PA Media