Reports according to the Express suggest that Arsenal will approach current Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti over the possibility of taking over at the Emirates.
Gooner gaffer, Arsene Wenger, who turned 65 today, is into the first few months of his new 3 year deal signed after the FA Cup victory in May, but with Monaco enticing him with a mammoth £28m deal, Le Prof may be inclined to take it up as part of his retirement plans after eighteen successful Arsenal years.
It now appears the board are forging on towards the search for his replacement, which has apparently led them to Madrid for Ancelotti. The Italian has expressed his desire to return to England whenever his spell with Madrid ends. Unless offered a new deal by Fiorentino Perez, Ancelotti is poised to leave the Bernabeu not later than 2016, or even earlier as some sections of the Spanish Press are of the opinion he may be shown the door if nothing material emanates from this season’s huge spending spree.
Ancelotti managed two trophies last term – his first at Bernabeu – winning the long anticipated La Decima, as well as the Copa del Rey. However, the manner with which Madrid fell out of the La Liga race has not gone down well with many madridstas, coupled with the mass sale of some of those who were believed to be among the best in the club over the past few years, not least Angel di Maria and our very own Mesut Ozil.
Ancelotti’s solitary experience was a two-year stint at Stamford Bridge, where he led Chelsea to their first ever League and FA Cup double in his debut season in 2010. However, the following year saw him hit by the infamous Abramovich managerial sledgehammer after he relinquished the League to United, ending the season trophyless. He has since gone on to amass three trophies with two clubs, including the Championnat with Paris Saint-Germain.
That said, Gooners believe there are other options who should be considered for the position other than the 55-year old Italian. It is indeed difficult to argue against the club hiring a man who’s won the Champions League three times, with two different clubs, Madrid being the only one of the five clubs he’s recently coached with whom he’s yet to win the League title. Rumours even had it that he was being considered for the job at Old Trafford when David Moyes was to be shown the door, but the fact that the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Frank de Boer are still available means we may not be in a rush for Ancelotti.
Having lasted this long with Wenger, with the stability we’ve enjoyed, we should be going for a replacement who has an identical footballing philosophy, with a focus on the long-term.
47 year old Jurgen Klopp remains the jury’s favorite.
The vivacious German has moulded Dortmund into a real European force this season which would easily be challenging for the title in any league in the world. Even on very meager resources and the continuous poaching of his star players, Klopp has always come up with a way of harvesting a crop capable of fitting his exciting attacking brand of football which has blown teams away, Arsenal inclusive.
We can only wish the club notices more of Klopp’s glowing countenance when he speaks about Arsenal and see in him the perfect man to replace his much admired Wenger. Carlo is good, and could get us a few successes. But for the future Arsenal represents, we know better than not to choose Klopp.
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