When Arsène Wenger signed a new 2-year deal in May last year, the rumours about his replacement were put to bed. But as the Gunners sit 6th in the league with Alexis Sánchez sold to a dear rival and an appalling away record to their name, times have never been worse for the Frenchman. It’s clear as day that he’s taken the club as far as he can and it’s time for leaving through the back door gracefully.
Arsène Wenger has 18 months left on his contract at Arsenal, but some feel his time may have come to an end this summer instead. It’s said that the Frenchman is unhappy with the way operations are being handled at the club, with many decisions being taken out of his hands.
Ivan Gazidis has reportedly been changing staff personnel and making structural decisions without the manager’s say. On top of that, it’s said that several players who’ve signed for the club recently weren’t Arsene Wenger’s first choice. The combination of these factors has now accelerated the 68-year-old’s pending departure from his throne. Now the links to other managers are once again coming to the surface, managers like Joachim Low and most recently, Maurizio Sarri have been mentioned.
According to Italian agent Federico Pastorello, Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri would prefer the Arsenal job rather than the one at Stamford Bridge. It’s reported that the 59-year-old has a release clause in his contract that would allow him to discuss contractual terms with other clubs.
“Sarri? Arsenal are mainly being talked about for him,” is what Pastorello told Italian outlet Tuttosport ( quotes via the sun ).
With the pressure that Antonio Conte is under at Chelsea, links between Sarri and the Blues have become increasingly stronger. But Federico Pastorello is one of Italy’s most respected agents as he has connections everywhere within the country. If he links Maurizio Sarri to Arsenal, then best believe, things are happening behind the scenes.
To anyone who’s seen Napoli in action this season, they play a scintillating brand of football, a brand that would go down a storm at the Emirates. Sarri has got his Napoli team playing at a high speed with increased intensity.That’s the reason Napoli are sitting pretty at the top of the league as the best team in Italy.
Despite committing so many players in each attack, Napoli have still conceded the least amount of goals (14) in the league. This is a balance Arsène Wenger hasn’t managed at the Emirates, as his team have conceded the most goals (35) in the top 7.
Maurizio Sarri and Arsenal are a match made in heaven as the Italian would offer the Gunners a new direction on the pitch. Whether it’s this summer or next, don’t be surprised to see Maurizio Sarri announced as the next Arsenal manager.