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Thursday 13 December 2018

Jamie Redknapp believes Arsene Wenger’s time is up at Arsenal

Television pundits unimpressed by Arsenal’s performance.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal – Premier League – AMEX Stadium
Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal – Premier League – AMEX Stadium

By Press Association Sport Staff

Television pundit Jamie Redknapp has claimed the time for change has come at Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger presided over a fourth successive defeat at Brighton.

The Gunners’ 2-1 reverse at the AMEX Stadium, coupled with similar results against Ostersund and Manchester City twice inside the last 11 days, left sections of the travelling support in open revolt once again.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp admitted the Frenchman must be on borrowed time.

He told Sky Sports: “Arsene must be questioning whether he can take this club on now, he must be thinking to himself, surely, anyone would do.

“When you have lost five out of the last seven in the Premier League, anybody else would be thinking, ‘I’m going to lose my job’.

“You’re not going to get in the top four again, this is the second year on the run – of course you would.

“I don’t like to see him under this pressure, but he’s had a great run at it and things aren’t turning now, they’re not going in his favour.

“The players are not good enough that they have signed. I think there needs to be a change.”

Redknapp’s opinion was backed by former Rangers and Liverpool boss Graeme Souness, who added: “Listen, Arsene Wenger has had all the power.

“He wouldn’t have had that power when he walked in the door, but it’s certainly developed that way where he was all-successful in the first decade.

“The second decade has been hit and miss, a few FA Cups. They have only won three Premier Leagues in that time – that’s not enough for Arsenal.

“If someone has all that power who has been constantly making the football decisions and then you have the group of players that you have now, then his head is on the block, it has to be.

“It’s not like he can turn around and say, ‘Someone else has been bringing in these players for me to coach and make a team from’. It’s down to him.”

Souness delivered a withering assessment of Arsenal’s performance at Brighton and predicted that even winning the Europa League this season would not address the underlying issues at the club.

He said: “That’s Arsenal – pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, but not very effective.

“I just don’t see what winning the Europa League does for Arsenal going forward. Yes, it gets them back into the Champions League, but that’s a sticking plaster over a very serious wound.”

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