Rumours over Arsene Wenger’s future have been in full swing all season, with the boss dropping hints at the beginning of the campaign that this could well be his last year in charge of Arsenal. Wenger continues to divide the fans between whether we think he should stay or go, yet with less than a few months left to go, the fans still have no real indication as to whether Wenger will be leaving.
With there not being any certainties that Arsenal will have another manager other than Arsene Wenger come the start of next season, it’s allowed the media to go on a run of linking various managerial names with what could soon be a vacant position at Arsenal. The likes of Howe, Simeone and Low continue to creep up, yet one name that appears more than most, is Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri is currently in charge of SERIE A giants Juventus and has led the Turin side towards success during his time at the Old Lady. Allegri has spent his managerial career in Italy so far and so rumours suggest that the Italian may now consider a move abroad, should the opportunity arise.
Arsenal remain actively interested in Allegri according to the media and today’s reports have some rather large breaking news if it is deemed true. According to a report in the Metro, Allegri has supposedly told his close friends that he has held talks with Arsenal and intends to replace Arsene Wenger when Le Prof’s stint at Arsenal ends.
According to the report the news has broken from Italy and it understands that after holding talks with Arsenal, Allegri has been identified as the priority candidate for the Gunners. I must admit I find it difficult to believe that Arsenal would strike a deal with Allegri already, given that Wenger has publicly announced that he will not make a decision until the end of the season. With the board unlikely to sack Wenger and a new contract still on the table, I’m not sure as to whether Arsenal would also make Allegri a formal offer.
Allegri is in his third season at Juventus and has had a more successful stint than Arsene Wenger in recent years. With experience at the top end of the Italian league and in the Champions League, Allegri could be a very good fit for Arsenal if the board consider making a move.