Former Arsenal star tips Euro boss to replace Wenger (not Simeone)
By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal defender Mikael Slivestre has tipped Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim to take over from Arsene Wenger when the French manager leaves the club.
Wenger has come under criticism from sections of the club’s fans and his future is uncertain, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre, believes it should be Monaco manage Jardim to take over from Wenger, whether that is this summer or further in the future.
The 39-year-old told Sky Sports program Soccer AM: “You should look at someone who practices attacking football, like a Leonardo Jardim at Monaco.
“The Arsenal way of playing is attacking football, so you want to keep that.”
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The Portuguese manager has enjoyed a successful season at the French side, having guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals and within touching distance of the Ligue 1 title.
Silvestre believes that his attacking mindset would benefit the Gunners over the likes of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, who has been linked with the role in the past.
Silvestre critiqued the Argentinian manager’s style of play, telling Soccer AM: “I would not fancy Diego Simeone to come and play a tight two lines in front of the goalkeeper.”
However, the French defender is not certain as or when Wenger will call time on his career at the North London club, but is certain that it will be done on the 67-year-old’s own terms.
He also threw up the concern of who stays at the club following the manager’s departure.
“He [Wenger] will only be the one who decides when he wants to go,” said Silvestre to Soccer AM.
“If he goes, who stays behind from the staff?
“He has got a major legacy and you do not want to throw everything in the bin.”
In other Arsenal news, Stan Collymore has given his verdict on the Gunners’ pivotal clash with Manchester United.