Former Arsenal star Paul Merson says his former boss Arsene Wenger should be sacked if the club fails to win the Premier League title at the end of the season.
The former England international says there is no excuse for Arsenal not to finish higher than north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and surprise package, Leicester City.
The Gunners are five points adrift of leaders Leicester, and three points behind second placed Spurs with only 11 games to go and Merson believes Wenger should be shown the exit door if he doesn’t upturn the table, particularly as he failed sign any big-name outfield player during the last summer transfer window.
“If Manchester City don’t win the league and Tottenham or Leicester do then Arsene Wenger has to go,’ he told Sky Sports.
“If you’re sitting there telling those fans – loyal Arsenal fans – that they don’t need any new players at the start of the season and then you don’t win the league in front of Leicester or Tottenham then I don’t see how you can justify it,” he added.
“If Man City wins the league he can turn around and say ‘they’ve got all the money in the world and can go and buy whoever they want, so would whoever I bought have made much difference?’.
“But if Leicester or Tottenham win the league after he said they didn’t need any players then I don’t see how he can keep his job.”
Merson played under Wenger during the 1996-1997 season in which Arsenal finished third but then left the club for relegated Middlesbrough in a £4.5million deal after the Frenchman offered him just a two-year contract.