According to media reports, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has ruled himself out of taking the Arsenal job. Asked about whether he would stay in his role at Juventus for next season, he reportedly said: “Will I stay at Juve? Yes. I have a contract to honour.
“If they don’t sack me, I’ll stay at Juventus next year too.”
Allegri was the favourite for the Arsenal job
The experienced Italian boss had been the favourite to take the role this summer, virtually since Arsene Wenger announced that he would leave the north London club this summer.
Allegri is no longer the favourite for the job after he made the above statement. It seems unlikely that the Bianconeri are going to sack the former AC Milan boss, as he is set to complete the league and cup double with the reigning Italian champions.
The Juventus boss would no doubt have been a fantastic appointment for the Gunners, who need a high-profile boss with experience of winning at the highest level. Allegri certainly fitted the criteria for the role.
Arteta is now the favourite
The fact that Allegri has now confirmed that he wants to stay in Turin, has led to former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta becoming the favourite to become next Arsenal boss at 13/8.
Arteta’s appointment would raise eyebrows in certain sections of the Gunners support. The Spaniard is just 36 years old and has no managerial experience. It would be a major risk for the Gunners to appoint the Spaniard due to his lack of experience
In truth, though, Arteta has been learning the coaching trade from one of the modern football greats when it comes to coaching, Pep Guardiola. Arteta is Guardiola’s assistant at City and trusted lieutenant.
Arteta must have picked up a lot of knowledge in the past few years working with such a talented boss. However, working as a coach is very different from working as a boss. The former Arsenal midfielder would be lucky to move into management with such a big club.
Other managerial options
Arsenal does reportedly have other options such as Italian managerial great Carlo Ancelotti, Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac or Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. However, it seems the potential pool of possible replacements for Wenger is becoming shallower by the day.
The Arsenal hierarchy has a big decision to make this summer. If they do decide to take a chance on Arteta, then the fans will need to make him or the Spaniard could struggle to be successful.
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