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Diego Simeone to Arsenal: Football expert weighs in on possible Arsene Wenger replacement


Former England international Jamie Redknapp believes Diego Pablo Simeone may not be the manager Arsenal need to replace Arsene Wenger.

The 67-year-old will discuss his future at the club after the F.A. Cup final against Chelsea with recent reports claiming that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Redknapp says the North London club must make the important decision to replace the Frenchman if they want to progress in England and Europe.

"I like Arsene Wenger. How can you not? His teams have been amazing to watch and they've brought so much joy to the Premier League," he told Sky Sports.

"He's a great who changed the game, in terms of the way people think about football, with his scientific approach and the way he developed his scouting network in France and Africa many years ago.

"But now teams have caught up with his ideas and that's the problem.

"Everyone has to call time on it eventually. Arsenal have had the same manager saying the same things for 21 years - and a lot of those players look a little bit like they've heard it all before.

"I'm not saying Wenger should leave the club, because he's still got so much to offer Arsenal. But it's time for a fresh voice and some fresh ideas. It's been so long now since they won the title and Arsenal are further away than they have been for a long time. There hasn't been progress.

"The problem is - who would you replace Wenger with?

"Would the fans want to see the style of football Diego Simeone plays? I'm not sure. Arsenal have always had a certain way of playing and I'm not sure he'd be the right fit.

"Pep Guardiola would have been fantastic, so would Jurgen Klopp. But neither of them are available now and there's no outstanding candidate currently free. That's an issue Arsenal's board will need to deal with.

"But I still feel someone would come in, freshen it up and there would be a buzz in pre-season. Otherwise the players are going to be like "OK, same message as last year". Sometimes you need to hear a different voice."

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