It isn’t often that a top, top European manager becomes available a few weeks into the start of the season. With Bayern Munich sacking Carlo Ancelotti last week, that rare occurrence is upon us.
The Italian has been one of the most successful coaches in the continent for over a decade now, winning three Champions League trophies along with league titles in Italy, England, France and Germany. Bayern’s underwhelming start to the season though, led to his downfall, culminating in a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain last week.
Ancelotti is the closest you’d come to a perfect modern-day manager. He has been thoroughly loved by the fans everywhere he’s been, had a successful playing career and coaches an open, attacking and entertaining style of football. His Chelsea team of 2009/10 scored a record 103 league goals, while his Real Madrid side of 2014/15 managed 118 in La Liga.
Arsenal must act NOW to sign him up
Arsenal have been holding to Arsene Wenger for quite a while now, despite facing huge amounts of backlash from fans. The Gunners’ lack of success over the last decade was compounded by their inability to qualify for the Champions League last season. This was the first time they had finished outside the top 4 since Wenger’s first full season in charge back in 1997, and the supporters saw this as a new low, one the Frenchman couldn’t recover from.
There have been talks of Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri replacing Wenger at the Emirates in the past couple of years. These managers though, follow very different philosophies from the one the Arsenal manager has established over the past two decades. Their tactical, calculative approach calls for a more defensively sound and counter-attacking style, while Wenger is tended towards open and expansive football.
Ancelotti will not only continue that philosophy with Arsenal, but he will also bring in the mental strength and winning mentality that they’ve lacked for so long. In his previous stint in England with Chelsea, his team was built on both flair and on raw power, with a truly terrifying midfield containing Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien and Deco. He was able to keep these European stalwarts happy and find their best positions on the pitch. Ask any Blues fan, and he’ll tell you that the Ancelotti-era was the most enjoyable one from the point of view of a watcher.
The Arsenal board must act as soon as possible to make this switch. Ancelotti will need some time to stamp his authority on the squad, and Wenger has long overstayed his welcome anyway. There’s no time like the present.
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