From Italy: Arsenal in talks with Wenger replacement, agreement believed to be close

By on May 11, 2018

According to CalcioMercato, Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement with Max Allegri after holding talks with the Italian about replacing Arsene Wenger as manager.

We’ve been in the hunt for a new boss since Arsene Wenger announced three weeks ago that he’ll be leaving the club at the end of the season following nearly 22-years in charge.

The Frenchman will oversee his final match away to Huddersfield on Sunday and Arsenal chiefs are determined to name his successor well ahead of the World Cup finals.

Many names have been touted in the media as possible targets but Allegri and Mikel Arteta seem to have emerged as the front runners with many bookmakers.

Allegri is seen as the ideal candidate but there have been doubts over whether he’d leave reigning Serie A champions Juventus and guaranteed trophies, for Arsenal – who can’t even offer Champions League football.

The 50-year-old appeared to suggest after Wednesday’s Coppa Italia victory that he was planning to stay in Turin after saying he will fight to retain the title with Juventus next season after all-but securing a fourth consecutive Scudetti.

However, CalcioMercato are citing reports from ITA Sport Press that claim Arsenal are in talks with Allegri’s camp for him to become the next Arsenal manager and are close to reaching an agreement over the terms of his contract.

It remains to be seen how much truth there is behind these reports as there is so much speculation flying about these days but I’d be hugely excited if Allegri was to take over from Wenger.

For me, he’s the perfect man for the job. He’s experienced at a top club and has won numerous trophies with Juve as well as reaching two Champions League finals so he’d command the immediate respect of the Arsenal players.

There are rumours the board want a young coach like Arteta but my worry would be whether he’d be able to boss the dressing room just a couple of years after leaving as a player. Would Arteta still be seen as a ‘friend’ by the players rather than a manager?

We wouldn’t have that issue with Allegri, plus he’s a superb tactician and I think these Arsenal players clearly need to be taught the tactical side of the game, so I pray that we manage to lure Allegri to the Emirates this summer.