Piers Morgan has claimed that “Arsenal fans would love it” if Mauricio Pochettino replaced Unai Emery in the dugout at the Emirates.
The 47-year-old was dismissed from his post with bitter rivals Tottenham earlier this week, but despite the longstanding feud between the two sides, Morgan has claimed that the Gunners would be delighted to welcome the Argentine to the club.
The Good Morning Britain host made the claim during a conversation with Harry Redknapp, as per the Daily Mail.
The ex-Spurs manager said: “If Arsenal ring him [Pochettino] tomorrow: ‘We’ve got a five-year contract, £10million-a-year plus whatever’, he’d be over there like a shot.
“Don’t kid yourselves.”
In response, Morgan replied: “Arsenal fans would love it.”
Would Pochettino be welcome at Arsenal?
The rivalry in north London is bitter and well-documented, but the Gunners are in a position whereby they could not afford to turn their nose up at a class appointment like Pochettino.
The Argentine may have managed Spurs, but he is also one of the brightest and most exciting young managers in football at the moment, and with things seemingly stagnating under Unai Emery, he would surely be a candidate that only the most ardent and embittered of Arsenal fans could say no to.
Pochettino’s record at Tottenham speaks for itself.
He may not have won any trophies in north London, but taking Tottenham from outside top four contenders to Champions League finalists is a huge achievement in itself.
The South American’s points per game of 1.84, as per Transfermarkt, is actually worse than Emery’s 1.88 during his own time in England [Transfermarkt], but factoring in where Spurs were when he took over, the dreadful start they have made to this season, and the relatively tight transfer budget he has had to work with, that minuscule deficit compared to the Spaniard should not be held against him.