Arsenal have reportedly decided on their preferred choice to succeed Arsene Wenger as manager next season.
Ever since Wenger announced that this would be his last season at the Emirates before stepping down, speculation has been rife as to who would be the new man to occupy the Arsenal manager’s chair. The likes of Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta, Brendan Rodgers, Luis Enrique and Joachim Low have all been touted for the role.
A report in the Times on Saturday, however, alleges that the club have decided on Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri to lead the side into the bright new era.
Talks between the parties are set to have already begun, with managerial structure and transfer budgets at the centre of negotiations. Allegri will almost certainly claim the Serie A title with Juve this weekend, his fourth straight season in doing so, and is believed to want a new challenge after dominating Italy with the Bianconeri for the past few years.
Arsenal, for their part, want to appoint a new manager before the start of the World Cup so as to avoid the distraction and potential hassle of doing so after the competition, particularly when the post-tournament scramble for new signings begins.
Wenger takes charge of Arsenal for the final time, after 22 years at the club, against Huddersfield at John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday. While he will be determined to sign off with a win, the Gunners’ wretched away form in 2018 means that this far from a foregone conclusion.
Allegri, should he accept the job, will have a big rebuilding job on his hands – and will have to do so without the attraction of Champions League football.