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John Giles: Arsene Wenger should have finished Arsenal reign five years ago


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It's the end of an era for Arsenal and the Premier League in general as Arsene Wenger walks away after 22 years.

With the first decade of his reign put alongside his less successful second decade, his legacy remains somewhat unclear.

But Leeds and Ireland legend John Giles joined us as always on a Thursday to assesses how Wenger will be viewed. 

"I think he's been pushed. I don't think don't think he's left of his own accord," he said.

"Looking back at his whole career in general, I think he's been a great manager, definitely been a great manager for Arsenal.

"If I could do it, I would have had him finishing five years ago where he was at the peak of what he did for the club. And obviously if you stay too long over the last few years where they've won the cups alright but the supporters have turned on him and once the supporters turn on you, you've no chance." 

John also had his say on Liverpool's 5-2 victory over AS Roma in the Champions League final on Tuesday.

"Liverpool made the most of it, especially Salah," said John, who also feels that Jurgen Klopp's team "didn't control the game" after going 5-0 up.

"It's still go, go, go which obviously leaves yourself more open at the back so I don't think it was the substitutions [that cost Liverpool], it's just the way they are." 

Turning his thoughts to Mo Salah, he feels the way that the Egyptian is so "well balanced" is one of his key assets, alongside his "great control" which is exemplified by how well he finishes the chances he is afforded.


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