Klopp is the ‘perfect fit’ to succeed Wenger and his availability creates a ‘conundrum’ for Arsenal,
Gunners legend Nigel Winterburn has admitted that the surprise availability of Jurgen Klopp this summer creates a ‘conundrum’ for Arsenal.
The Borussia Dortmund coach announced last week that he would leave his Bundesliga post at the end of the season, sparking speculation that the 47-year-old could be bound for the Premier League.
Klopp is the current bookies favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers should the Liverpool boss be sacked, but he has long been heralded as a potential successor to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Speaking to Goal, former Arsenal left back Nigel Winterburn admitted that Klopp is the ‘perfect fit’ to replace the Frenchman.
"It sounds good, it sounds right, I think in essence you never really know until that manager comes in and you see the players leave and the players come in, and where the team will finish,” he told Goal.
"It looks right, but again I would always hold judgement and wait – while supporting that manager – until he’s had at least one season to show what his methods are and what he can do for the football club,” he continued.
"If Arsene Wenger decides to step down or move upstairs, then obviously he’s a manager with the credentials, the way his teams play, I think a lot of people would think it’s a perfect fit.”
But Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, has two years remaining on his current deal, and Winterburn hopes that the Frenchman sees out his current deal at the club – although he concedes that Klopp’s sudden availability creates a ‘conundrum’ for the club.
"I would like Arsene Wenger to see out the next two years, and see where we are then, but obviously, with Klopp leaving Dortmund, it sort of puts the conundrum in because he’s been linked with Arsenal before, particularly when Arsenal were struggling. Wenger was coming under severe pressure, so I understand where it’s coming from but I would be surprised if there was a change this summer."
"I had the luxury of playing under Arsene Wenger so I know what he's all about, and I know there's been a lot of frustration around the supporters in terms of the move to the new stadium and being able to sell the vision of being able to compete with the big boys.”