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Right now, Arsenal appear to be in disarray.
Unai Emery was sacked last month after a run of seven matches without a win, and that recently became nine in the first two fixtures under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg. Although the Gunners did beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday, they lie in ninth place in the table, and it is hard to see where they go from here.
Plenty of names have been linked with the vacant position, such as Nuno Espirito Santo, Brendan Rodgers and Marcelino. However, Sky Sports pundit Paul thinks (via Metro) that even the Jurgen Klopp would struggle to turn it around at the Emirates Stadium right now.
Whilst it would certainly be a tough ask, there is no reason why Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t be able to make a good go of bringing the good days back to north London. Don’t forget that Liverpool were in 10th position in the Premier League table when the 52-year-old left Borussia Dortmund to move to Anfield. At the end of that first campaign, they could only come home in eighth place, even though they did reach the final of the Europa League. As such, it is a very similar position in regards to where Arsenal are at this current time.
Klopp, of course, was given plenty of time by the owners of the six-time European champions. It seemed that Arsenal’s owners wanted to do the same with Emery, but in the end it was a situation that had gotten out of hand. It appeared at times that Emery lacked control – the Granit Xhaka incident will not have done him any favours, whilst there were rumours he had lost the dressing room as well.
In fact, a character such as the German would be exactly what Arsenal would need. Someone with passion and desire, and who leaves everything on the touchline. They need something to galvanise the players, and the hunger of Klopp would surely do that.
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Of course, this is all hypothetical. There is probably as much chance of Emery being re-appointed as Klopp moving down south. However, it is wrong for Merson to say that even Klopp wouldn’t turn it around. As history tells us, he has history when it comes to reviving the fortunes of a struggling team.
Meanwhile, this Brazil international suggests he would like a move to Liverpool.