Potential Unai Emery replacements – Massimiliano Allegri: The pros and cons

How good would Max Allegri be as Arsenal manager?

This is the second in a series of articles I intend to write over the next week or so about potential Unai Emery replacements. The first was on Jose Mourinho and now it is time for the former Juventus kingpin, Massimiliano Allegri.

There are only a few unattached managers that have the CV of the Italian and it’s understandable that some Gunners fans want him.

Allegri left the Old Ladies at the end of last season and is now on a one-year sabbatical. In better words, he is available.


Allegri is a proven manager, he won 70 per cent of his games as Juventus manager and he would bring in a winning mentality to the Arsenal dressing room. He has won five consecutive league titles with the Italians among other trophies.

Having managed in such a difficult league, Allegri would bring much-needed stability at the back as his team were never accused of being defensively deficient.

He has also managed some of the game’s biggest stars which means he comes with enough experience to get the best out of stars like Mesut Ozil. He has the credibility to unite the dressing room and get the fans onside.


Despite being one of the most successful managers in Italy, Allegri’s Juventus were hardly the envy of other teams for their style of play because they were too pragmatic and hardly exciting.

Despite having the likes of Paulo Dybala and Ronaldo, Allegri still setup his team just to get results and he didn’t care about the style of play.

His teams also seem to rely on superstars like Dybala, Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain, it would be hard for him to get the funds to sign players of that calibre.

Allegri also hardly promoted youth players, which would go against the culture of the club somewhat.

The manager that Arsenal needs now has to be one that would achieve success under their current budget and would continue the tradition of fielding academy players among other things.

This is the second in a series of articles that I will be doing and all words are my own perception and opinion.


  1. gotanidea says:

    I don’t think he would be able to get the best out of Ozil and his English is doubtful as well

  2. Iwan morgan says:

    What’s happening to my team? Same old year in year out , please someone come along soon and save this club

  3. Roshan says:

    Naglesman is the best option. Has done well playing exciting football and loves developing youth. Speaks English!

    Also if Xhaka leaves we should use the funds to buy Thomas partey or another midfield boss of similar standard who plays the Ndidi role.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Chambers played like Partey and Ndidi at Fulham

      Sell Xhaka and Torreira, then buy Zaha and Ceballos

      1. Roshan Gill says:

        Surely if he played to that level though he would be starting in the DM for us.

        Then again Emery

        1. hardave says:

          He was Fulhams player of the year playing in that position. Can’t get better than that. Emery is just clueless. He never tried Chambers there even once.

      2. Declan says:

        Sounds like Zaha could be going back to Man U and hopefully Ceballos is going back to RM as he’s been a huge disappointment so far.

  4. Reggie says:

    Allegri was one of my choices to replace wenger. I think he is the Italian George Graham. His football would be functional. My only doubt is i found out he doesn’t speaka de lingo.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Reggie, that doesn’t seem to affect the “person” telling the world how The Arsenal” should be run on aftv or. whatever it’s called.

      Could he be the answer…he seems to think so!!!!

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