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Reports In Italy Suggest Massimiliano Allegri Will Be The Next Arsenal Boss

Arsenal TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 16: FC Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri looks on during the TIM Cup match between FC Juventus and Torino FC at Juventus Arena on December 16, 2015 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Reports in Italy suggest that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will become Arsenal boss in the summer.

Calciomercato are reporting that Allegri has told his close friends he will be leaving Italy to take over at Arsenal.

The former Milan, Cagliari and Sassuolo boss is on course to lead Juventus to a third consecutive Serie A title this season. However, he is apparently keen to move after a heated argument with defender Leonardo Bonucci.

Allegri reportedly gave the club a “punish the player or I leave ultimatum” following the incident, which happened after a recent win against Palermo. Bonucci was then dropped from the squad for the Champions League game a few days later, but was back in the starting line-up this past weekend.

The incident appeared to be over, with Bonucci apologising and the club dealing with it. In a news conference before the Empoli match on Saturday, Allegri said:

“The issue is definitely over.

“These are things that happen. Leo is an important player and he apologised. The whole issue was already over before and he is now available for selection again.”

Despite this, Allegri is reportedly still angry and will apparently be leaving at the end of the season.

There is uncertainty regarding Wenger’s managerial reign at Arsenal, with the Frenchman still undecided on a new contract. However, reports have suggested players and staff expect him to stay on for at least another season.

Although these reports are just rumours at this point, the Italian would definitely be a fine replacement for the Frenchman.

During spells with Milan and Juventus, he has won three Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias, two Supercoppa Italianas, and finished runner-up in the Champions League in 2015. He has been named Serie A coach of the year three times, including the past two years, and was voted third place for the IFFHS world’s best club coach award in 2015.

There will no doubt be further developments regarding the futures of both Allegri and Wenger in the next few weeks.

Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena

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