By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Redknapp is convinced Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal only when he is ready to do so and the time is right.
The former Tottenham manager does not believe the Frenchman should bow to pressure from a section of the Gunners support calling for him to fall on his sword.
Wenger has faced calls to quit after a string of results that saw Arsenal eliminated from the Champions League and FA Cup, and left their Premier League hopes hanging by a thread.
Redknapp, who is managing Jordan on a temporary basis while also working as a consultant for Championship club Derby, thinks only Wenger will know when the time is right to leave Emirates Stadium.
“Arsene will go when he feels like it. I hate to see him get skinned because he has done an amazing job for so many years,” BBC and BT Sports pundit Redknapp said. “I’d hate to see him go when he’s getting grief because he’s been a great manager of Arsenal.
“He knows when to go, whether it’s this year, next year but when it’s time to go I hope he picks the right time.
“I hate to see him go out by crowds giving him abuse.”
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