Arsenal open talks with 58-year-old boss as club plans for life without Wenger

By on November 15, 2017

According to reports in Italy via the Express, Arsenal have made contact with Carlo Ancleotti to explore the possibility of him replacing Arsene Wenger as manager this summer.

Wenger ended doubts surrounding his future after signing a two-year extension at the end of last season and the boss has always said he plans to see-out his contracts.

However, fresh speculation is circulating after Wenger admitted to French TV last night that his position will be discussed with the board at the end of the current campaign.

We’ve endured a hugely disappointing start to the Premier League season and are basically already out of the title race as we sit 12 points off Man City in sixth position in the table.

A second season without Champions League football would put immense pressure on Wenger to leave and the Express suggest the Frenchman could walk away next June.

It seems the club are already making plans to find Wenger’s successor as the newspaper is citing reports coming from Gazzetta dello Sport that claim Arsenal have opened talks with Ancelotti about replacing Arsene as manager.

The Italian boss is without a job after being sacked by Bayern Munich in October after making a poor start to the title defence having won the Bundesliga last season.

Ancelotti has won trophies at every club he’s managed and has lifted three Champions League’s at AC Milan and Real Madrid as well as securing a Premier League and FA Cup double during his time with Chelsea in 2009/10.

I think Ancelotti is the type of experienced character we’d need to fill Wenger’s boots as the job would be too much for a young coach so I’d welcome the move if we could lure him to the Emirates.

However, we’ll face plenty of competition as Gazzetta dello Sport claim Chelsea have also sounded out Ancelotti to replace Antonio Conte amid doubts over his future while the Italian FA are also looking at him to be the next manager of the national team.

Obviously a return to Stamford Bridge could be tempting but I think the chance to turn the Italian national team around could be the opportunity Ancelotti goes for if he’s offered the job so we might have to keep looking for Wenger’s potential replacement.

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