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Arsenal preparing to hire Carlo Ancelotti to succeed Arsene Wenger this summer

The Gunners believe the wily Italian fits their 'head coach' image

Arsenal are reportedly lining up Carlo Ancelotti as a shock replacement for Arsene Wenger if he leaves in the summer.

Wenger penned a new two-year deal last summer but their are worries among the board he may cut his contract short.


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Ancelotti is the clear favourite for the Italy job after being sacked by Bayern Munich

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Ancelotti fits the bill for Arsenal

And the Evening Standard claim former Bayern Munich boss Ancelotti ticks the boxes for being able to take the club forward if Wenger leaves.

Fans have yet again been calling for Wenger to end his 21-year reign at the North London club after their embarrassing 4-2 loss against Nottingham Forrest in the FA Cup on Sunday.

And the bigwigs at the Emirates are said to be seriously considering managers who could take over from Wenger as he could quit at the end of the season.

The face of a man who knows he’s in trouble

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The face of a man who knows he’s in trouble

The Gunners have been working hard to try and make sure there will be stability at the Emirates when Wenger goes after watching Manchester United be thrown into turmoil after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

And Ancelotti certainly has the experience at the top level of football to be considered for the job of getting Arsenal back into the title race.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis claimed last season’s disappointing finish outside the Champions League places was a “catalyst for change”.

Is it time to go?

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Is it time to go?

Wenger remains in charge of transfers but the club have started to bring in other backroom staff such as Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations next month.

However the Gunners could face competition from Chelsea if the club part ways with Antonio Conte and try to re-hire the man who helped them win a league and cup double in 2010.

How would the news be received at Stamford Bridge if Ancelotti swapped Chelsea blue for Arsenal red?


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