Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

"I tried to manage him" - Wenger responds to Merson's weird Redknapp comparison

Laurent Koscielny in action for Arsenal
GETTY IMAGES Laurent Koscielny in action for Arsenal Credit GETTY IMAGES
Kristopher Love | 13 October, 2017, 20:33

Speaking on Sky One's A League of Their Own, Merson had said: "People say he's [Redknapp] a wheeler-dealer and it's so disrespectful".

However, Wenger suggested that Merson is in no position to comment on the matter having only had previous managerial experience during a short spell with Walsall more than a decade ago.

The comments seem even more outrageous when you consider that Redknapp has recently been sacked from his role at Birmingham, while the Arsenal boss has shown year on year that he can achieve with our underspending club year on year.

And Merson, who played under Wenger at Arsenal in the late 90s, believes that the Gunners would win the league were Wenger to adopt Redknapp's tactical nous.

"They were 2-0 down and Charlie Nicholas was doing the game on Soccer Saturday and every time they went to him it was Watford attacking".

"Harry came in at half-time and took three men off, put three at the back, five in midfield with three rolling attackers and we won 3-2".

Merson played under Wenger at Arsenal and was also under Redknapp's guidance at Portsmouth in 2002-03.

"That's when I knew he was a great manager".

Fair enough. Redknapp has been a successful manager with an FA Cup win with Portsmouth and a Premier League Manager of the Year Award with Tottenham.

When asked to comment on the 49-year-old Sky Sports pundit making a return to the game Wenger snapped: "We speak about professional football here".