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Would Arsenal be a good move for Brendan Rodgers?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 2 Dec 2019


It seems that recent media reports cannot decide if Arsenal are set to make a move for Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers. Some reports suggest that the Northern Irishman is their top target, while others suggest that Leicester’s resistance may put the Gunners off a move for Rodgers.

In reality, if Rodgers wants to leave for Arsenal, then he probably could, with hints that he may have a release clause in his contract. However, the better question would be, should he leave Leicester for Arsenal?

Leicester are better placed for success

It would be silly to claim that Arsenal are not a bigger club than Leicester. In terms of stadium, history and reputation, the Gunners dwarf the Foxes.

However, at the moment, Leicester are in a far better place to achieve success in the near future. Everything at the club seems right, from behind the scenes to the team that takes to the pitch each game.

Looking at the two clubs, Leicester have a better team and squad of players than their counterparts from north London. Arguably none of the current Arsenal players would get into Leicester’s team. The fact that the Foxes are 13 points ahead of Arsenal already and second place in the table illustrates that perfectly.

Rodgers has a history of jumping ship

In the past, Rodgers has earned himself a reputation as a head coach who is not scared to move clubs if he believes it will benefit him and his career. He is fiercely ambitious, so that’s understandable.

While some of his moves earlier in his career may not have been big ones, his more recent moves have been logical steps up. For instance, his move from Swansea to Liverpool was a no-brainer. It failed to work out on Merseyside, but he got very close to guiding the Reds to the Premier League title.

The move from Celtic to Leicester also made sense. In terms of club size, the Hoops are massive compared to the Foxes. However, Rodgers had achieved everything he could in Glasgow.

Therefore, a move back to the Premier League proved too tempting for Rodgers. It wasn’t just a return to any old club though. The former Liverpool boss move to a club with a fast-developing squad of players. Rodgers is renowned for improving young players and he has done that in his short term in charge of the Foxes.

At the minute, a switch to Arsenal would not be a step up. In fact, it would be a step-down, because as we stand Leicester are comfortably in the top-four, while the Gunners may struggle to make the top-six.

Just one of the candidates for the Arsenal job

On paper, there seems to be many viable candidates for the Arsenal job. Rodgers is current odds of 3/1 to be the next Gunners boss. However, he is behind Max Allegri in the betting to become the Unai Emery’s replacement in north London.

Arsenal will not find it easy to appoint the Northern Irishman as their new boss, as Leicester’s hierarchy are understandably loathed to allow their teams boss to leave without a fight.

The fact that the Arsenal squad is in such bad shape and have been for a good while should suggest to Rodgers that he is better off in his current job. He has great backing from the club’s hierarchy and fans.

More importantly, the Northern Irishman has a very promising squad of players, who seem to enjoy playing under him. If he was offered the job, then it would be a massive decision for Rodgers, who seems to have a very good thing going for him at Leicester.

Would Arsenal be a good move for Brendan Rodgers?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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