Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri linked with Arsenalby Jack Kitson / 09 February 2017, 10:08Tweet
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could become the latest boss to join the Premier League’s cluster of “Super Gaffers” as he continues to be linked with a summer switch to England.
The Daily Express are reporting that the Italian is refusing to rule himself out of becoming the man who replaces Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, should the Frenchman draw the curtains on his Gunners career after a staggering 21 years.
Allegri mysteriously said:
“I won’t deny or confirm anything.”
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Arsenal are reportedly planning to offer the 67-year-old a new two-year deal, news which has incensed the increasingly growing “Wenger Out” brigade.
It’s clear there is a lot of unrest in the stands.
This disgruntled group craves a change in the dugout, in contrast to the "Pro Wenger" contingent who are desperate for the veteran boss to prolong his stay as they are concerned their club will suffer a Man Utd/Post-Fergie style collapse if he leaves.
The North London side haven’t hoisted the top-flight title since “The Invincibles” of 2003/04, and that is unlikely to change this season with the 4th-placed Gunners currently 12 points adrift of Chelsea, meaning the club's main focus is making sure they book Champions League football for the 21st consecutive season.
Many fans are eager for a new manager to take a seat in the Emirates dugout, one who can inject fresh ideas and philosophies, and in turn mount a serious title challenge.
Could that man be Allegri? The Italian has long been linked with a move to England and he can currently be found at a best-priced 4/1 at the summit of the Next Arsenal Manager Market.
Since taking charge of Juventus in 2014 Allegri has won back-to-back Serie A titles and Coppa Italia’s, plus a Supercoppa Italiana and a runners-up finish in the Championships League, while he is in pole position to bag another Serie A this term. The 49-year-old has also previously lifted the Italian title with AC Milan.
Other names to be linked with Arsenal include Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, former midfield maestro Patrick Vieira, and Red Bull Leipzig gaffer Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Meanwhile, Sky Bet have Wenger priced at 20/1 in the Premier League Sack Race, although he’s out at 40/1 with Bet Victor.