Ian Wright warns Arsene Wenger of the pressures of the England job
With the news of Sam Allardyce’s sacking still fresh in the minds of the public, the Football Association have appointed Gareth Southgate on a temporary basis. But they are on the lookout for a manager to take over a more permanent tenure.
Arsene Wenger has been top of their wishlist for some time now. In fact, ever since Roy Hodgson resigned from his post after a forgetful Euros the Arsenal manager's name has been mentioned several times.
Wenger is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and might step down from the job even if he is offered a new contract depending on how the season goes. It will be a big blow for the Gunners to lose the man who changed Premier League football for good.
But the lure of international football can be hard to turn down. Wenger might also be the perfect man to take the team forward after a series of disappointing performances in the past few tournaments.
The Frenchman though has been warned by one of his former players and an Arsenal legend Ian Wright. The former Gunners striker believes taking the England job would be a mistake and a huge undertaking.
Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day where he is a pundit he said, “Don't do the England job - it's too much pressure,' Wright told the BBC's Match of the Day. He's going to get so much stick. See the amount of stick he's getting from Arsenal when he's trying to do his stuff.”
“I wouldn't like to see him go through 20 years and the last 10 years [how] it's been for him – and then go to England and it doesn’t quite work out and he gets that kind of stick as well.”
Arsenal edge past Burnley
Wenger has received a lot of criticism in the 20 years he’s managed the club, but right now it seems to be going well for him. The Gunners managed to scrape a hard fought win against Burnley after Laurent Koscielny scored a controversial goal at the very last second of the game.
The win ensured Arsene Wenger could celebrate his 20 year anniversary, but the win was very hard on Burnley who frustrated Arsenal for a majority of the game and even had chances to win it themselves.
With the international break now upon us, Wenger will have some time to ponder on how Arsenal can improve upon their Burnley performance. The Gunners have a run of easy fixtures in the league and in Europe and could close really put the pressure on the league leaders