Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour is of the opinion that the Gunners should move quickly to secure the services of Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.
Parlour spent 12 years playing for Arsenal, from 1992 to 2004, netting 32 goals in 466 appearances in all competitions. In that time his industrious approach to the game – reflected in his impeccable work-ethic, helped the club and different teams under the command of Arsene Wenger win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners Cup.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, the 46-year-old urged the club to act quickly, believing that Ancelotti’s record as a manager speaks for itself. There’s no real need to list all the trophies the Italian has won in his managerial career so far; we’ve done that in several previous articles relating to his potential appointment as the Arsenal boss. It suffices to say that he’s won it all, leading top clubs in all of Europe’s top five leagues.
There have been questions posed about whether Ancelotti would be a suitable solution for Arsenal, of if he would even accept taking charge at a club struggling the way Arsenal are at the moment. But Parlour doesn’t think such questions are valid at this point. He believes that if you need a manager, and one of such quality and pedigree suddenly appears, available in the market, you need to act, seize the opportunity and settle the situation.
Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli after his team beat Genk 4-0 in the last round of the Champions League group stages, securing passage to the round of 16 of UEFA’s elite club competition, and Parlour pointed out the strangeness of the decision. Apparently, the Serie A club are unhappy with the team’s domestic results (they are seventh) and now that the group stages of the Champions League are out of the way, they would rather focus on that and another top four finish than aim to get as far as they can in Europe.
“He’s a bit like [Jose] Mourinho; the trophies he’s won, 20 trophies!
“Obviously he’s been at big clubs and has had the opportunity to play in big tournaments and have good players, but he’s still got to manage big players and he’s done that so well over the years.
“That’s why you say he could be the right man for Arsenal”, said Parlour.