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Merson believes Patrick Vieira will take over at Arsenal

The future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal remains unclear and while the speculation rumbles on, the Gunners have been linked with names such as Max Allegri, Thomas Tuchel and Eddie Howe as potential replacements for the Frenchman.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has hinted at another name in the running for the managerial job at the Emirates Stadium by suggesting club legend Patrick Vieira.

Vieira is currently the manager of MLS side New York City FC and Merson believes that the former midfielder will arrive at Arsenal in 2018, with Wenger set to see out another year with the Gunners.

Merson told Sky Sports, "My instincts tell me he's going to sign and he's waiting for a big win and he'll sign for another year. I wouldn't be surprised if he stays a year and then Patrick Vieira comes in.

"Yes. He's learning his trade over at New York City, he's been at Man City, and he brings a winning mentality, he won't take any rubbish.

"Arsenal look too nice at the moment. I think that could happen and the fans would love that. The players don't seem like they're working that hard for the manager at the moment, which is sad.

"Whoever comes in it's going to be a step-up - it's a big, big football club but I don't see a problem. He's a legend, which gives you some leeway. I just think he'll get his team playing the way he played the game, which is what they need at the moment."

Iwobi urges more respect towards Wenger from the Arsenal fans

Arsene Wenger has come under a lot of criticism in recent times from the fans following another disappointing campaign and the supporters are looking to pressurize the Frenchman to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season by organizing protest marches, unfurling banners during games and even flying planes over stadiums with anti-Wenger messages.

Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi has not been left too impressed with the protests though and has urged the club faithful to show more respect towards Wenger after all he has achieved with the club during his two decade long reign.

Iwobi told the Daily Mail after Nigeria's friendly draw with Senegal on Thursday night, “They need to have a bit more respect in my opinion.

“I mean, he's been at the club for 20 years, he's achieved a lot, obviously they're a bit impatient with the results and where they want to finish. We also want to finish there, we want to win the league like anyone else, I can guarantee we are trying our hardest.

“Whatever happens we are the players, we affect the result. We don't really look at the banners or what fans are screaming, we focus on trying to do our jobs on the pitch.”

Mesut Ozil is undoubtedly a fantastic footballer but many Arsenal fans have been left disappointed by the fact that the German international goes missing during the big games, especially in the current campaign.

Lee Dixon believes that Ozil struggles during the times when the going gets tough as he lacks a ‘nasty streak’ about him and urged the German international to take a leaf out of the book of aggressive Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli.

Fenerbahce offer Ozil escape route

Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal remains a mystery as he has not yet signed an extension to his current deal which expires in 2018 and if the German international does not put pen to paper on a new contract, the Gunners will surely be forced into selling their star next summer.

A number of clubs are closely monitoring the situation surrounding Ozil at the moment and the Irish Independent have carried a report claiming that Turkish side Fenerbahce are ready to offer a lucrative deal to the 28-year-old.

The offer could potentially tempt Ozil as he travelled to Istanbul last month and was pictured out with former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse. Since, reports have suggested that the pair plan to marry and that the Arsenal star of Turkish heritage is ready to spend £5m on a mansion in Istanbul.

Chris Sutton brands Wenger a ‘dictator’

Arsene Wenger is arguably one of the greatest ever managers in Arsenal’s history, but it has to be noted that the Frenchman has not enjoyed much success over the last 13 seasons, with the Gunners having won only 2 FA Cup titles during the period.

Ex-Chelsea man Chris Sutton believes that Wenger has been allowed to continue his role without question as he is running a ‘dictatorship’ at the Emirates Stadium and has slammed the 67-year-old for not having the fans’ interest at heart.

Sutton was quoted saying by the Independent, “I just think he is being selfish at the moment. The biggest problem for me is it is a dictatorship. He surrounds himself with yes men.

“The last 13 years have been a disaster. The two FA Cups have paper over the cracks. He has brought these players in and they are not showing fight or heart. They are not playing for him. The environment is unhealthy at Arsenal. Is he doing the right thing? Does he have the supporters’ best interest at heart?”