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Arsenal would win league if Arsene Wenger had Harry Redknapp's tactical nous, says Paul Merson

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Speaking on A League Of Their Own, Paul Merson thinks Harry Redknapp has more tactical nous than Arsene Wenger. Watch the latest episode on Thursday night at 9pm

If Arsene Wenger had Harry Redknapp’s tactical nous then Arsenal would win the Premier League, according to Paul Merson.

The Sky Sports pundit, who played under both men during respective spells at Arsenal and Portsmouth, says he rates Redknapp higher than Wenger when it comes to tactics.

"People say he's a wheeler-dealer and it's so disrespectful," he said on A League Of Their Own.

<<enter caption here>> at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2014 in London, England.
Image: Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger both have managed Paul Merson

"Tactically, he's one of the best I've worked with. If Arsene Wenger had Harry Redknapp's tactical nous, Arsenal would win the league."

Redknapp was sacked by Birmingham City last month as the team struggled at the wrong end of the Championship table.

Despite his recent struggles in the hot-seat, Merson believes the former Tottenham, QPR and Portsmouth boss can be hailed as an all-time great.

Paul Merson on A League Of Their Own
Image: Merson says changes Redknapp made in match against Crystal Palace convinced him he was a great manager

When asked what his best achievement as a player was, Merson replied: "Winning the league at Portsmouth. We were 33/1 rank outsiders to win the league that year.

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"We won our first game at home and I thought we'd be alright and then went to Crystal Palace. We were 2-0 down at half-time and it could've been 10-0. I thought 'what have I done coming here - this is going to be embarrassing.'

"Harry came in at half-time and took three men off, put three at the back, five in midfield with three rolling attackers and we won 3-2.

"That's when I knew he was a great manager."

You can watch the latest episode of A League Of Their Own on Sky One on Thursday night at 9pm.

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