Paul Merson believes that Arsene Wenger has a “big job” lined up after the Arsenal boss revealed he would definitely be managing next season.
The Frenchman insisted in Friday’s pre-match press conference that he had no plans to retire despite huge speculation this week that he will leave the Gunners when his contract expires in the summer.
Wenger says he will be in management next season whether at the Emirates, where a two-year extension has reportedly been offered, or elsewhere.
Merson feels that Wenger’s comments mean that he has already received offers for his services and believes he will be in-demand.
“He’s put it into Arsenal’s court now by saying ‘I’ll be managing anyway’ and he will,” he said via The Metro.
“There’s no way his agent, if he’s got an agent, wouldn’t have been told he’s got a job somewhere.
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“Because you wouldn’t turn around and say what he’s just said. You couldn’t, because that could embarrass you quite a lot if you turn around and go ‘Well I’ll definitely be managing next season’.
“You know he’s been told he’s got a job next season and I bet you a bottom dollar it’ll be a big job. It’ll be a big job.”
This summer could see a number of high-profile managers on the move with Luis Enrique widely expected to leave Barcelona while Massimilano Allegri has been linked with replacing Wenger at the Emirates.