Wednesday 12 December 2018

Arsenal look set to be frustrated in their pursuit of a possible target to replace Arsene Wenger

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri

Arsenal look set to be left disappointed in their hopes of Massimiliano Allegri becoming their next manager after the Italian hinted he would recommit himself to Juventus.

Allegri led his side to Coppa Italia glory against AC Milan on Wednesday night and will likely add the Serie A title to that haul, with Juve only needing one point from their final two games to confirm it.

Several UK newspapers reported last weekend that the 50-year-old is understood to be on the Gunners’ first choice to take over from Arsene Wenger, while Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann is another admired by Arsenal’s hierarchy.

However, following Juve’s triumph on Wednesday, Allegri alluded to remaining in Turin rather than heading to the Premier League, as he laid out his targets for next season.

“We must win the title and then fight for the next title,” he said after his side's 4-0 win. “I have a contract with Juve and as every year we will meet at the end of the season to plan the future.

“It will be necessary to have the clarity to understand how to improve ourselves, to win back-to-back is always difficult and we must always build to try to win on all fronts.”

While it remains to be seen where Wenger will end up beyond his Arsenal tenure, speculation is rife as to who will take over the Arsenal hot seat.

Allegri, who is set to deliver a fourth successive Serie A title with Juventus, is reportedly the front-runner but there is also talk that the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique – both currently out of work – could also be targeted.

“I think the earlier, the better,” Wenger said when asked if an appointment should be made ahead of the World Cup.

“People want hope and they need as well to prepare for the next season. I must say the squad doesn’t need much, because there’s a huge potential in there.

“There’s a good spirit, a good basis. It needs two or three additions and this team will compete for the championship next year.”

When pushed on whether he would approve of either Allegri or former Barcelona boss Enrique, Wenger added: “I know these guys are very competent and all good names.

“I will be like every Arsenal fan, I will wait until they’ve made a decision and then afterwards support the guy in doing well.”

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