Carlo Ancelotti tipped to replace Unai Emery as new Arsenal manager. The Italian’s contract at Napoli is set to expire at the end of the season.
Unai Emery’s miserable campaign at Arsenal was bought to an end after he was fired earlier in the morning. The Spaniard had taken charge of the club last season. However, a steep decline in performance under him prompted the officials to give him the sack.
The Gunners have failed to register a win in their last 7 matches. It is not just the result, but the manner in which the club has played under Emery that has hugely disappointed the supporters. With the appointment of Freddie Ljungberg as temporary head coach, the higher-ups at the club have given themselves some time to make a long-term appointment.
The decision will be taken by a small group of executives at the club, technical director and former player Edu Gaspar and Raul Sanllehi the head of football, whose recommendation will then have to be endorsed by the Kroenke family.
Several names are being discussed and have been bought up by various sources so far. Names such as club legend Patrick Viera, Wolverhampton coach Nuno Espirito Santo and even Maurico Pochettino. However, another name has now joined the discussion and is under serious consideration.
Carlo Ancelotti tipped to replace Unai Emery as new Arsenal manager
According to the Guardian, Napoli boss and former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is being considered by the powers that be, as Arsenal’s next leading man. Ancelotti is one of only 3 people to have won the Champions League as player and manager. He is also one of only 2 to have won it thrice as a manager.
His contract at Napoli will come to an end next summer. Under him, Napoli finished the last season at 2nd place in the Serie A. However, this time, the players have seriously underperformed. They have failed to win a single match in their last 7 matches; the same as Unai Emery’s Arsenal. Although, Ancelotti recently fashioned a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at the Anfield.
Ancelotti was among the leading contenders to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018, before then chief executive Ivan Gazidis championed the appointment of Emery. However, when pressed with the possibility of moving to the Emirates on Wednesday, Ancelotti said:
‘I stay with Napoli, of course.’
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