Southampton star advises Arsenal to appoint Italian boss

Date published: Wednesday 2nd May 2018 1:49 - James Marshment

Southampton midfielder Mario Lamina has told Arsenal they could do far worse than look to appoint Massimiliano Allegri as Arsene Wenger’s successor this summer.

In a move that some would say is touting himself towards a reunion with his former boss at Emirates Stadium, Lemina has told the Gunners that his former boss could have an similar effect in north London as Pep Guardiola has at Manchester City.

“He will give something special to the Premier League like Pep Guardiola [Manchester City] did, and Antonio Conte [Chelsea] did as well,” Lemina told Sky Sports News.

“Because he is Italian he will give something special because he is more tactical. I think he would be very good for Arsenal if he goes.”

Despite pushing for his appointment at Arsenal, Lemina – who was signed by Allegri from Marseille in 2015 – was something of a bit-part player for his two seasons in Turin.

Lemina did feature in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2017, however, and has since raised his own profile this season despite Southampton’s struggles to avoid the dreaded drop.

 

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