Mikel Arteta emerges as favourite to replace Arsene Wenger, after Max Allegri snub
Arsenal were dealt a severe blow in the pursuit of their next manager, with Massimiliano Allegri stating categorically that he wants to stay at Juventus next season. As reported here by Sky Sports, the Italian will not leave Turin unless the club sacks him. With the Old Lady winning its seventh successive Serie A title this season, that is almost impossible.
Thomas Tuchel was announced as the new Paris-Saint Germain manager on Monday, thereby eliminating a possibility of a move to the Premier League. The former Borussia Dortmund man was mentioned as one of the possible replacements for Wenger when the Frenchman announced his decision to step down, last month.
According to Sky, former Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta has emerged as the new favourite to be the next Arsenal boss, along with Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. While neither name is really expected to make the fans jump out of their seats with excitement, there aren’t too many better alternatives in the market.
Arteta made 149 appearances for the club in 5 seasons between 2011 and 2016, before joining the coaching staff at Manchester City. He was assistant to Pep Guardiola this season, as City romped to the title with a record-breaking 100 points. According to the report, Guardiola has stated that he will not stand in his countryman’s way if the Spaniard chooses to the move to the Emirates as permanent manager.
Nagelsmann, on the other hand, has been working wonders at Hoffenheim and could turn out to be a great appointment for Arsenal. The 30 year-old is by far the youngest manager in the Bundesliga, and took his team from being relegation-threatened in the 2015/16 season, to 4th place in the next. Hoffenheim thereby qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever in their history, but were eliminated by Liverpool in the final qualifying round. He was voted the Bundesliga Manager of the Year for 2017. Hoffenheim went one better under Nagelsmann in the 2017/18 campaign, securing automatic qualification for the Champions League by finishing 3rd, courtesy of a dramatic 3-1 victory of Borussia Dortmund on the final day. The German clearly has the knack of making the most of his resources, and could fit in very well in North London.
There are other names that Arsenal could look at, like former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. The Spaniard’s wage demands are understood to be too steep for the club, however. Carlo Ancelotti is also available, but no real reports have come up on his returning to the Premier League.
Chelsea could sack Antonio Conte in the coming days, and Arsenal may even look at bringing the Italian to the Emirates. The former Juventus and Italy manager hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory at Stamford Bridge this season, but he did take the club from 10th in 2015/16 to champions in the following year. He was left extremely frustrated with The Blues’ stinginess in the transfer market, however, and could face a similar situation at Arsenal as well.
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