Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi is keen on Massimilano Allegri, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
The journalist has claimed that despite the Spaniard’s keenness on signing the Italian, there are a few issues with the potential appointment.
Would Massimiliano Allegri be a good appointment for Arsenal?
Allegri was said to be in the running for the job when Arsene Wenger left the club, but a bad interview was said to have left the Emirates Stadium hierarchy on edge with regards to an appointment (via The Daily Star).
Much has been made of Unai Emery and his struggle to communicate with his players. However, what some people fail to realise is the Basque-born manager seemed adamant he wanted to speak English, seen in every interview he ever did while at the club.
There have been managers who have succeeded in England despite not being able to speak the language. Mauricio Pochettino is the first manager that springs to mind, as he managed to beat Manchester City in his very first game in charge of Southampton, despite not being able to speak English.
He was later appointed manager of Tottenham, leading them to one second-place finish and a Champions League final. Based on that, you’d have to say his lack of English wasn’t too much of a problem in the end.
The issue that crops up is, does the manager who takes over from Emery have the right tactics to help the squad of players succeed?
On the face of it, Allegri seems like a man who can work his magic with the squad in north London. Despite having never won the competition, two Champions League finals in three years suggest that the Italian has the tactical nous to help the Gunners become a success.
His overall trophy-haul in Italy was phenomenal, winning 11 trophies in just five years at the club (via Transfermarkt).
Was communication a problem for Emery? Yes, it was, however, that was only because he seemed keen on communicating with the players himself. There’s no reason why a mixture of a translator and tactical nous from Allegri can’t be a success for the north London giants, should the former Juventus manager take over.
Arsenal fans, would you take Allegri as Emery’s successor? Let us know your thoughts!
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