European mastermind at the ready should Arsenal axe Arteta

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2020 2:15

Mikel Arteta

Massimiliano Allegri is poised to put himself forward for the Arsenal job should current manager Mikel Arteta be sacked, according to reports.

The Gunners lie 15th in the Premier League after picking up just 13 points in 11 games.

They fell to a 2-0 defeat in the London derby against Tottenham at the weekend, sealing their worst start to a season in nearly 40 years.

Arteta led the club to FA Cup glory last term but his position at the club is becoming increasingly unsteady.

Now, Todofichajes reports that Allegri is interested in a move to the Emirates should the opportunity arise.

The source claims that there has “already been several approaches with the agent” of the 53-year-old.

It adds that he has already turned down several offers to manage in the Premier League.

The seasoned coach has proven to be a master of Italian football, winning six Serie A titles with AC Milan and Juventus.

This included five consecutive first-place finishes with the latter between 2015 and 2019.

Despite his pedigree, a move to London would still be considered a risk with Allegri only ever managing in his motherland.

Football London claims that he is one of four names being touted with the Arsenal job.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is one with Gunners legends Patrick Viera and Theirry Henry also linked to the role.


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Arteta under big pressure, says pundit

Current Watford striker and pundit Troy Deeney has said that Arteta would be skating on thin ice if his side lose to Burnley this weekend.

“I think he has to come under criticism, ultimately because of where they are,” he said.

 

 

“For me, and I’ll go out on a limb here, if they lose [to Burnley] he is massively under pressure.

“I’d be surprised, if they lose and the ones around them win. They are looking more backwards than upwards. He would be under pressure to keep his job.”

Arsenal have not lost to Burnley since 2008, and haven’t tasted defeat in a league game against them since 1974.

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