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Arsenal linked with a move for Massimiliano Allegri

Former Juventus manager Max Allegri
Arsenal are seriously linked with a move for Italian tactician Massimiliano Allegri. [image: AP]

Arsenal have been linked with a move for former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri as a replacement for Unai Emery who took the Gunners on their worst run of form since 1992.

Freddie Ljungberg has been handed the role on an interim basis while Arsenal’s hierarchy assess potential candidates, though Allegri has made it clear he’s not available right now.

The Italian who won five straight Serie A titles during his time in Turin has been out of work since the end of last season.

The Italian revealed he will not be returning to management until the summer which automatically rules him out of the possibility of taking over at Arsenal.

Speaking to ESPN in June, the Italian revealed I don’t know if you can call it a sabbatical or not.

‘Giovanni [Branchini – Allegri’s agent] and I immediately came to that decision. As soon as the relationship with Juventus came to an end the decision was to take a year out.’

He continued: ‘I had 18 years as a player and I’ve been in coaching for 16. I stopped this year after 34. I’m happy.

‘I have a chance to reflect, go and talk to people, do things in my private life that I’m passionate about like going to the theatre, some art exhibitions, reading books.’

Making it clear that he will pick his next club very carefully, Allegri added:

‘Next year will be an important year. Important for the choice I end up making and the need to be prepared for it.

‘After a year out and five years at Juventus, I don’t want to go back into the game and do badly. That would do my head in.’

He continued: ‘I am taking lessons here in Milan. I manage to speak quite well. I find the listening part a bit more difficult.

‘If I’m talking to someone who helps me out by speaking a little slower then I understand. I watch films [in English] and if I read something in English I understand it fine.’

Reports claims Arsenal have shortlisted alongside Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta.

Opinion.

Among the above mentioned names, I believe Mikel Arteta should be the manager who should replace Unai Emery. Considering City’s style of football under Pep Guardiola as their pattern and tactics are similar to that of Arsenal’s which is the attacking football.

Arteta was previously linked with a move last summer before the appointment of Unai Emery and it seems Arsenal will be ready to convince the former Arsenal man to come rescue his old club.

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