'He is legend...but he has to go' - Premier League legend defends Arsene Wenger

2018-03-02 13:46:10

Jamie Carragher believes Arsene Wenger should leave the club now so he can get a send-off befitting his status as a ‘legend.’

Carragher was with Sky Sports at the Emirates to watch Manchester City dismantle the Gunners 3-0 on Thursday night.

The former Liverpool defender was sitting in a studio surrounded by many empty scenes as the ‘Beast of the East’ swept over north London.

And it is a sight becoming all too familiar for fans who have grown disillusioned with life under Arsene Wenger, leaving the ex-England defender feeling hollow.

“There were a few boos at the end but it wasn't like it was last season,” Carragher said.

“That was anger. Now it's almost resignation. They're just waiting for the manager to go."

“How sad is that?

“I find that sad. This man is a legend. When I was playing it was him and Alex Ferguson as the top two managers battling it out. And you thought 'wow'.

“He is a legend, not just for Arsenal , but for the English game.

“But they have to change it now. It has to be done.”

Arsenal currently sit in the sixth place in the Premier League , an incredible 30 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, who beat them comfortably on Thursday night and in the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.

With a difficult Europa League tie against a rejuvenated AC Milan looming, it seems European football could evade the Emirates altogether next season.

However, Carragher feels the only way to avoid such a disastrous finale to the season would be to announce Wenger’s resignation to secure his legacy, and begin preparing for next season.

He said: “There's no way the end of this season should be about this man, for what he's done. He shouldn't be going through that, with the empty stadiums.

“Announce now that you're going to change the manager for next season and I'm sure everyone in this stadium, in a TV studio, everywhere will go 'come on, let's give this man a send-off.

“It's what he deserves.”

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