There have been a growing number of Arsenal transfer rumours claiming that the Gunners were already preparing for life without Arsene Wenger in charge and that the club had already found the man to replace the Frenchman as manager in the shape of the current boss of Juventus Massimiliano Allegri.
That now looks pretty unlikely though, unless the Serie A champions want to get rid of the coach who is set to steer them to the Italian title for the sixth time in a row and the third under his reign, Pretty unlikely when you think about it, especially as he also led AC Milan to lift the Serie A trophy a few years earlier.
What is not going to happen according to Allegri himself, is for him to walk away from Juventus to take the Arsenal job and replace Wenger, because like the Frenchman the Italian coach has insisted that he will honour his contract and his current deal with the Turin club runs until 2018, Sky Sports have reported.
When asked about the rumours linking him with Arsenal he replied, “I repeat what I have already said before, it’s not true. The second thing, even if there was something in it, the first to know and learn my wish to leave would be Juventus.
“I’m contracted until 2018. I’m not the one to decide my future, Juventus will. It is they who decide because it’s the way I work and have worked previously.
“When time passes, as we did last year, we will evaluate what to do.
“And if these rumours were true, Juventus would be the first to know and I haven’t talked to Juventus yet.”
This is an admirable stance from the 49-year old and is the sort of thing we have become used to with Wenger, suggesting that he might be the ideal man to replace our manager. But if we are to get him it looks like we will have to wait at least one more year.
So is next in the frame for the Arsenal job?