"There's got to be a manager that comes in and rocks the boat"

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"There's got to be a manager that comes in and rocks the boat"


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Kevin Kilbane believes the Arsenal job will require an experienced manager capable of changing the culture at the club.

Arsene Wenger will bring his 22-year reign at the club to an end in the coming weeks after announcing his decision to leave the north London side.

Their dreadful away form continued with a 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League.

Paul Pogba's 16th minute goal was cancelled out by Henrikh Mkhitaryan before Marouane Fellaini netted the winner.

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane joined Dave McIntyre to review Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal on Off The Ball AM.

Kilbane feels Wenger has been more of a hindrance than a help to the club in recent years and the new manager must improve the culture at the club: 

“That argument has been made against Arsenal for the last 10-15 years, that is one criticism that maybe I and many others would’ve had of Arsene Wenger on his developmental side, what has it actually done?

“You think of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, players who have moved on to better things, in relation to the current squad yes that have several players with potential but it is just potential.

“There could be a manager that comes in and tries to instil discipline in this squad, I think with the mentality that has been around this squad for a long time they might rebel against that, there might be clashes.

“It’s going to take someone really strong to go against what Wenger has done for such a long time and that’s the core of the manager coming into the place, that’s what he needs to do.

“There’s been an element to this club as ‘it’s easy going, we can get away with it and do what we want’ I think there’s got to be a manager that comes in and has got to rock the boat a bit and upset a few people, that’s what I think this club needs more than anything else.”


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