Carlo Ancelotti is being considered for the role of Arsenal manager if Arsene Wenger decides to depart the club at the end of the season. According to latest reports, the North Londoners might consider bringing in the veteran Italian manager if Wenger quits next summer. The French boss has been Arsenal’s manager since 1996 and is under contract with the Gunners until the summer of 2019, after putting pen to paper on a new deal with the club last summer.
However, a report in the English press has recently claimed that Ancelotti would be one of the favourites to get the Arsenal job if Wenger opts to leave early at the end of the current campaign. Any potential decision on the Gunners’ managerial position will hinge on how Arsenal perform in the second half of the season with the north London outfit still competing in two cup competitions and pushing to secure a top 4 finish in their quest to guarantee Champions League football for next season.
The 58-year-old Italian manager has the pedigree to manage a club like Arsenal and can succeed in north London if given the opportunity to replace Wenger. He has shown how influential he can be during his spells at Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Ancelotti was fired by Bayern Munich in September last year following a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain but has spectacular CV having tasted Champions League success on three separate occasions.
The Italian has apparently left Germany in favour of a move back to his family in London, where he has managed Chelsea for three years from 2009 to 2011. The pressure on Arsene Wenger to leave the club has grown even more after their bitter 4-2 FA Cup defeat away at Nottingham Forest. The Championship outfit comfortably saw off a second string Gunners squad last week with some fans calling for Wenger’s sacking.
However, the north Londoners are still in with a chance of winning the Carabao Cup after earning a favourable goalless draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the first leg of the semi-final match versus Chelsea. They are also one of the favourites to win the Europa League in this campaign but are struggling in the Premier League.
Arsenal are currently sitting in 6th place in the Premier League standings and face an uphill battle to secure a Champions League spot going into the second half of the season. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Arsene Wenger with his days at the Emirates Stadium seemingly numbered.
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