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Arsene Wenger tipped to join PSG by Alan Smith for the benefit of Arsenal players

Date Posted,April 7, 2017

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes that Paris Saint-Germain could offer Arsene Wenger the chance to quit the Gunners with his pride intact.

Smith, now a highly-respected summariser and pundit with Sky Sports, reckons the French giants will be in the market for a new manager in the summer – and that Wenger fits the bill perfectly.

The Arsenal boss is refusing to walk away from the Emirates after 21 years with the London club and the Gunners hierarchy want any parting of the ways to be amicable.

Smith feels PSG could be an alternative. He said: “If Arsene was offered the PSG job then that might influence his decision on whether to stay at Arsenal.

“I think it would reinvigorate him. And although Arsene probably wouldn’t see it that way, I also think it would help the players he would leave behind at the Emirates.

Wenger has come under intense pressure to walk away by fans (Photo: Arfa Griffiths)

“The French national team is another job that I think would appeal to him, but it’s the Paris job that might appeal most because it is a sleeping giant that has woken up.

“PSG are a club that has the potential to be a global giant like Real Madrid and Barcelona and I think Arsene would fancy taking them along that journey.”

Smith, who won two titles with Arsenal as well as the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup, feels his former club will be at a crossroads this summer when Wenger’s current contract expires.

He added: “This is definitely a crossroads. They could turn left or right or stand at the crossroads by allowing the manager to stay.

“Arsene has spoken about reinventing himself but I am pessimistic about his ability to do that after so many years because there is no-one at the club to challenge him now.

Protests have clouded the Gunners’ season (Photo: REUTERS)

“Arsene doesn’t want to be challenged. He doesn’t want any dissenting voices. So the board know they’ve got a big decision to make because of the reaction of the fans.

“Other fans look at Arsenal supporters and laugh. They think ‘what have you lot got to worry about? You have won the FA Cup twice recently, you’re in the top four, what’s the matter with you?’

“But when you are an Arsenal fan, that isn’t good enough, especially when you are paying through the nose for season tickets and you look at the other top teams.”

Smith’s former Highbury team-mate Paul Merson reckons their old club will struggle to attract the kind of players needed to revive the team if the Frenchman extends his reign.

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