Arsenal should rename Emirates Stadium after Arsene Wenger: Piers Morgan
High-profile Arsenal fan Piers Morgan says the club should name their stadium after departing manager Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman announced on Friday morning that he would bring his 22-year spell in charge of the club to an end this summer.
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Morgan, speaking on Talksport, suggested that the club should rename their Emirates Stadium home in honour of the man who won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his spell in charge.
"I would be very happy to call the Emirates Stadium the Arsene Wenger Stadium," he said. "That would be a great way to honour him.
"Nobody has had such a transformative effect (on the club) with the possible exceptions of Herbert Chapman and George Graham when you look back. These are the great managers of Arsenal. Arsene is up there and possibly higher."
Morgan has been a vociferous supporter of the 'Wenger Out' campaign but says he does not feel 'gleeful' now that it has been confirmed that the 68 year-old will leave the club.
"It's the right decision and he should have taken it years ago but you can't look back and not think great things about the early years of Wenger," he said. "It's a sad thing that he's leaving when his stock is so low.
"Now that he's made that decision, I'd rather say thank-you. I hope we can win the Europa League for him and I wish him all the best.
"I didn't like to see him in this situation. He's a great man and one of our greatest managers. To see him struggle has been agonising for all the fans."
Morgan put forward his view on when things started to turn sour for the man who won three titles between 1997 and 2004. He suggested that letting members of the 'Invincibles' squad of 03/04 like Gilberto Silva leave prematurely was 'catastrophic' and said that the point of no return for him and other Gunners fans arrived in 2012.
"The point when he lost me was when he sold Robin Van Persie to Manchester United and they won the league the next season and he won the Golden Boot. He may as well have waved a white flag," he said. "That was it for me, and I think it was for a lot of Arsenal fans."
Morgan's ideal choice to replace Wenger, he said, would be Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp or Manchester City's Pep Guardiola. Conceding that his club have 'missed the boat' on those names, he said the Gunners should target a "younger, dynamic, driven" manager, naming former players Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry as potential candidates as well as Juventus boss Masimilliano Allegri and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone.
"Where does this board go? I don't have the obvious answer," he said.
"This board who have been dithering about Wenger for years have now got to make the right decision.
"I don't think people should ever choose their successor. The board have got to be accountable now. They've got to make a clean break. Give him a lot of money - whatever his contract is worth and more - he deserves that."
Belfast Telegraph Digital