Tony Cascarino: Arsenal should be keeping a close eye on this PL senior man
By Abigail Withey
Former footballer Tony Cascarino has revealed that Watford boss Marco Silva would be a fantastic successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League and has been at the helm of the club for 21 years.
The French manager shows no sign of giving up his job anytime soon after he signed a two-year- contract extension with the club back in May.
However, Cascarino believes that as Wenger nears retirement, Arsenal bosses should keep close tabs on the Watford manager as his replacement.
“With Wenger nearing retirement, Arsenal should be keeping a close eye on Silva’s progress,” the former striker wrote in his column for The Times.
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“He has shown enough already to suggest he could handle that sort of job,
“He has won trophies with Olympiacos and Sporting and has Champions League pedigree, even beating Arsenal 3-2 while in charge of Olympiacos in 2015.”
Silva, who was formerly Hull City’s boss, was appointed as Watford’s new manager at the end of May this year.
The Portuguese boss is the Premier League side’s ninth manager in five years and has had a positive start to their campaign with a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in their opening game which was followed by a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.
While Watford remain unbeaten so far, it’s a different story for Arsene Wenger’s side who suffered a disappointing loss to Stoke City at the weekend.
Last season, many fans called for Wenger to leave the club after Arsenal finished in fifth place in the top flight and missed out on a spot in the Champions League, so Silva could be a welcome replacement for the Frenchman somewhere down the line.
In other Arsenal news, the club has confirmed that a midfielder has left the Gunners.