Whether we want to believe it or not, Arsene Wenger cannot stay the manager of Arsenal forever. With many calling for his head, perhaps the time is right for the man who transformed the Gunners into Premier League Champions to step aside come the end of the season.
We caught up with Jeffrey Baker, content editor at FootballPredictions.com. According to him, Wenger’s contract is set to expire in the summer and it appears closer than ever that Arsene’s 21-year reign is close to an end.
If rumours are to be believed, not forgetting rumours can often be the same as any old football predictions, then Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri is set to become the next Arsenal manager.
In Allegri’s home town of Livorno, Italy, news has been circulating that the current Juventus head coach has ‘told’ friends that he intends to move to Arsenal in the summer.
If (and that is a big if) Wenger does go, then Allegri represents one of the best coaches on the market after dominating Italian football with Juventus since taking over the helm in 2014. According to Jeffrey Baker’s Serie A predictions (which can be found here), Juventus will be a top contender for the title this year.
Trophies may have been lacking for Wenger in his latter years but the same cannot be said for the 49-year-old Italian.
Five major titles have followed since 2014 including two Serie A titles (soon to be three), two Coppa Italia titles and a Supercoppa Italiana in 2015 has been Allegri’s recent haul.
There was also the bonus of reaching the 2015 Champions League final where his side lost 3-1 to Barcelona in Berlin.
There was also the Serie A title he won in 2011 with AC Milan and the 2008 Serie C title he won with Sassuolo (who are now an established Serie A side).
As a player, he was an accomplished midfielder plying his trade for various sides such as Livorno, Cagliari, Pescara and Napoli making over 350 appearances in the process.
Despite spending his career as a player and manager in Italy, Allegri has fast become known as one of the world’s leading tacticians guiding Juventus to dominance on the domestic front.
At only 49, Allegri could become another viable long term option so long as Arsenal allow the Italian to splash some cash which either Wenger has been reluctant to do or has been unable to do.
They say the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and Manchester United have found out after three years how true that is, but Arsenal could do a lot worse than grabbing the Italian maestro Massimiliano Allegri.