Arsenal’s chances of appointing Max Allegri to take over from Arsene Wenger seem slim after the Italian said he’d stay with Juventus next season unless the Serie A giants sacked him.
Given that he has just led his team to a fourth successive Scudetto title, it seems unlikely that they’d do that, leaving the Gunners shortlist light of one of its most experienced candidates.
Speaking to the press after sealing the title, Allegri was asked about his future and said, “If they don’t sack me, I’ll stay at Juventus next year too.”
As we reported yesterday, former captain Mikel Arteta is very much in the frame to take over and speculation about that was fueled by comments from Pep Guardiola over the weekend.
The Man City boss has worked with Arteta as his assistant for the last two years, and said, “If he stays I will be happiest guy in the world. If he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you don’t have to go.
“I want the best for my friends, and he’s a friend of mine, and I want the best.
“If he decides to go, I will be so sad, but I will understand his decision, because it’s his career, his life, his family, and I am not the right guy to say you don’t have to do that.”
Maybe there’s a candidate we haven’t heard about yet, and it wouldn’t be unlike Arsenal to surprise people with an appointment nobody expected, but it does seem as if there’s something going on with Arteta.
The Arsene Wenger era finished yesterday with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield, read about that on today’s Arseblog.