Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Paul Merson makes big claim about next Arsenal manager

Paul Merson makes big claim about next Arsenal manager

Qualifying for next season's Champions League is essential to Wenger's hopes of extending his 22-year reign and, with their domestic form so patchy this year, winning the Europa League is their only realistic way of achieving that goal.

Aaron Ramsey, who scored the second in last week's meeting, says maintaining those results will be key to winning back the supporters that were absent from a sparse Emirates Stadium in the weekend win over Watford.

As Wenger tries to book his own side's return to the Champions League, though, Mourinho's predicament might just have a familiar feel about it.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is anxious by an apparent dip in attendance at the Emirates stadium in recent weeks but said he is confident the team will do "absolutely everything" to win back their fans.

Arsenal will be looking to finish the job and book their place in the quarter finals of the Europa League when we welcome AC Milan to the Emirates tomorrow night.

Such has been the reordering of things in recent years by Uefa, however, that an English team missing out might not actually be too badly out of pocket if they actually win the Europa League.

I think he'll return after the worldwide break, he's on the right track.

"We've just not seen that fire from Mkhitaryan".

After netting again in Sunday's 3-0 victory over Watford, Mkhitaryan has done his bit to ease the pressure on Wenger, who is fighting to save his job after another miserable season. "We've got the advantage of knowing we messed up the first leg and now we know what we've got to do".

Patrick Viera believes he could manage Arsenal in the future, but has insisted Arsene Wenger has earned the right to decide when he leaves the club.

And on Aubameyang, he added: "I've always enjoyed playing with him, it's something special".

"Of course I worry because I want our fans to be behind our team and be happy", Wenger told Standard Sport.

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