Speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reacted to former player Paul Merson’s comments after he recently said the Gunners could win the league with Harry Redknapp in charge, the Evening Standard report.
Appearing on Sky One’s ‘A League of Their Own’, Merson said:
People say he’s a wheeler-dealer and it’s so disrespectful. Tactically, he’s one of the best I’ve worked with. If Arsene Wenger had Harry Redknapp’s tactical nous, Arsenal would win the league.
After hearing what his former player had to say, Wenger didn’t seem to take the comments with a pinch of salt, instead stating in his press conference that he isn’t interested.
These debates that I hear are a joke, a farce. If I really cared, do you think I would have survived for 18 years? I managed Paul Merson, I tried. I’m not interested.
In Wenger’s managerial career, the Frenchman has won an astonishing 22 major honours, while Redknapp has only managed to win six honours.
This isn’t the first time Wenger has been blasted by his former player, with the pundit regularly picking faults with his former boss for some time now.
The former midfielder has even described the recent Arsenal side as an Under-12’s team, and it looks like the Frenchman has had enough, I’m sure this won’t be the last time we hear about the rift between Wenger and Merson.