London, ENGLAND: Ever since Arsene Wenger announced that he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, the question that many Gunners supporters have been pondering about is who will fill the void. Well, the answer seems to be out even before the gaffer’s last match in charge.
According to news sources in Italy, Juventus boss Massilimiano Allgeri apparently turned down a new deal at the club fueling speculations that he will be succeeding Wenger, a move that has seen gambling firms slash odds on the Italian tactician switching allegiance to the Emirates stadium in the summer.
Better stakes and offers are definitely what lure gamblers, and that is exactly what you get when you place your bet using Betin, attesting to why many backers trust the firm on backing Allegri to be the next Arsenal boss despite Ladbrokes reducing the price of the 50-year-old coming to North London from 6-1 into 5-2.
The latest development has seen Allegri moved in above former FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, Brendan Rodgers of Celtic, former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti and Germany national team head coach Joachim Low in the running.
This is a sigh of relief to Arsenal supporters who were left furious when former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri attended their clash against West Ham last month barely a week after Wenger had confirmed that his 22 years tenure at the club is coming to close.
More irritating to the Gunners followers was the news that Luis van Gaal who formerly managed Manchester United, FC Barcelona and the Holland national team was also in contention. The former Ajax boss has not managed any side since he was sacked by the Red Devils in 2016.
Confirming he could soon be in the dugout, van Gaal in an interview last week admitted to receiving an offer that he can’t refuse fuelling talk that he could be in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
While it’s been suggested that Everton are more likely to bring Van Gaal in, there’s no denying that Arsenal is a big side with a guaranteed vacancy come the summer and supporters are freaking out about potentially seeing the 66-year-old in their dugout.
That said, doubts have been raised on whether the frontrunner Massimiliano Allegri could make the best replacement for Wenger at Arsenal should the club’s hierarchy settle on him.
His achievement at Juventus is amazing but many pundits, even the writer seems to question whether the Italian’s style of football fits the “identity” of Arsenal who under the Frenchman is known to deploy tiki-taka football.