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49-year-old favourite fuels speculation he’ll replace Wenger at Arsenal
Juventus boss Max Allegri has fuelled speculation that he could replace Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal hot seat this summer.
Wenger has come under intense pressure to end his 21-year reign in north London following our humiliating 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in our Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and a growing number of fans, ex players and pundits are now calling on Wenger to walk away rather than sign the new two-year extension that’s reportedly on the table.
Allegri is many bookmakers favourite to take over should Wenger leave and the 49-year-old has once again fuelled the speculation after jokingly asking reporters how good his English is following last night’s 4-1 win over Palermo.
The Juvenus coach is quoted as saying by the Mirror:
“How’s my English?”
“I started learning before Milan, now I’ve left it. They say I’ll go to Arsenal? You all say that, I just listen.”
This isn’t the first time Allegri has fanned the flames as he has twice refused to rule out a move to Arsenal this summer in recent weeks while many national newspapers have reported that he’d be keen on the job if it became available.
Allegri is on course to winning his third consecutive Serie A title at Juve while he also won it at AC Milan so he certainly has the credentials needed to replace Wenger if he does walk this summer.
We need an established name who’s got experience of being at a huge club, dealing with big name players and has the character to stamp his own authority on Arsenal with immediate effect, and Allegri ticks the boxes.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see who we got for if Arsene does leave with Borussia Dortmund chief Thomas Tuchel also seemingly in the running, but I just hope we don’t try and be too clever in finding the ‘next Wenger’ and go with an established name.