Soccer NewsWednesday 23rd March 2016

Redknapp discusses title race and Wenger future

Redknapp discusses title race and Wenger future

Harry Redknapp has discussed the Premier League title race, and has offered his backing to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger has come in for criticism this season after the Gunners suffered exits from the Champions League and FA Cup in quick succession. Arsenal are also 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester as the title race enters its final stages.

Some Arsenal fans displayed a banner asking for Wenger to leave in the summer during a 4-0 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup earlier this month, and pressure is mounting on the Frenchman.

But Redknapp, who is has recently undertaken the manager’s job at Jordan and has become a football advisor at Derby, has backed his former adversary – but admits winning the title is beyond Arsenal.

“Arsenal can’t win it. You can’t come from 11 points behind,” he said. “There are only two teams – Leicester and Tottenham. You can’t come from 11 points behind and win the league. Arsenal aren’t going to win every game. I know they had a good result at the weekend (a 2-0 win at Everton) but they are hot and cold.”

On the beleaguered Arsenal manager, Redknapp added: “Arsene will go when he feels like it. I hate to see him get skinned because he has done an amazing job for so many years. I’d hate to see him go when he’s getting grief because he’s been a great manager of Arsenal.

“He knows when to go, whether it’s this year, next year but when it’s time to go I hope he picks the right time. I hate to see him go out by crowds giving him abuse.”