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Pundit says there's no way he'd swap Southgate for Arteta at Arsenal
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Pundit says there's no way he'd swap Southgate for Arteta at Arsenal

Darren Bent has told talkSPORT that he would absolutely not swap Mikel Arteta for Gareth Southgate at Arsenal, insisting that there is virtually no-one Gunners fans would take ahead of the Spaniard right now.

Both Arteta and Southgate boost incredibly high stock at present. Southgate is set to lead England to another World Cup. And the Three Lions will be amongst the favourites to go on and lift the trophy in Qatar.

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Southgate has been linked with returning to club management in the last year or so. But given his record in the Premier League, there are some doubts regarding whether he would be able to enjoy the same success in club football as he has had in the international arena.

And that may partially explain why Bent has no interest in seeing Southgate at Arsenal. Of course, the question was put to him at a time when Arteta is receiving plaudits from all directions.

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The Arsenal boss has done an amazing job at the Emirates. Obviously, he has an FA Cup medal from his first season. And he could be on the cusp of guiding the Gunners back into the Champions League.

‘Absolutely not’

Whatever happens in the remaining months of the campaign, it has been a brilliant step in the right direction for Arteta and Arsenal.

And that has prompted Bent to completely dismiss the idea of Southgate replacing Arteta at Arsenal.

“I’m not swapping Arteta for him. Absolutely not. What Arteta is doing at Arsenal it makes sense, the club is going in the right direction, it’s almost like he’s gone through his YTS because he had tough times at Arsenal,” he told talkSPORT.

“A lot of people were calling for him to get the sack and there’s still a big job to do, but the club are more positive than they have been in a long, long time.

“I don’t think you’d find one Arsenal fan who would swap Arteta for anyone right now.”

Southgate unlikely to secure top Premier League job as Bent dismisses Arsenal suggestion

Southgate has been ‘brilliant‘ with England. He has reached a World Cup semi-final and European Championship final. They were a penalty shootout away from winning the latter trophy.

However, some continue to have their doubts over his managerial ability. Certainly, he looks to have a special squad at his disposal.

And it is hard to imagine Southgate walking into a top Premier League job when his England tenure ends. He still has plenty to prove at club level.

And, as Bent suggests, it is hard to see Arsenal fans being enthused if Southgate replaced Arteta, particularly based on the Gunners’ trajectory.

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