Arsenal are preparing to engage in negotiations with Carlo Ancelotti over the vacant managerial post, according to numerous reports.
Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli on Tuesday, despite his team beating Genk by 4-0 on the same evening to secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League. The group, containing the reigning European champions Liverpool who suffered their only defeat of the season so far in Naples, as well as a surprisingly good RB Salzburg team, was by no means easy to navigate through. However, despite that success, it was the domestic side of things that saw the 60-year-old fall out of favour with the club hierarchy. Napoli sit seventh in the Serie A with 21 points from 15 games to their name; 17 less than table-toppers Inter Milan. Also, there are still reports of a rift raging between several members of the team and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, indicating that all is not well over there and it would be unfair to blame Ancelotti alone for the woeful results.
Apparently, the three-time Champions League winner is keen to manage in England once more, having been in charge at Chelsea from 2009 to 2011 and helping them win the double consisting of the Premier League and the FA Cup in 2009/10. Of course, his eight years with AC Milan, which he led to three Champions League finals (two wins), one Serie A title and one Coppa Italia, are widely regarded as the best of his career so far. He also won the Champions League and Copa del Rey with Real Madrid, the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, and the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain. Put it all together – it’s an impressive record.
Meanwhile, Freddie Ljungberg led Arsenal to their first victory under his command against West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday, but it seems the people calling the shots at the club are still unimpressed with his lack of experience in the role and are seeking for a more established name to take the reins. Ljungberg will, however, be sitting in the dugout in Belgium on Thursday, when the Gunners take on Standard Liege in the last round of the Europa League group stages.
A point would be enough to see them through, but you can still back Arsenal to win at 23/20.