Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last few days to look back on their team’s wretched campaign so far, and indeed look forward to what the last few months may have in store for their side.
Arsene Wenger’s men started the 2017/18 season optimistic that they could sustain a Premier League title challenge, only to struggle to sixth place in the division with nine matches to go, and all but certainly failing for a second successive year to finish in the top four. Add in disappointment in the Carabao Cup, losing in the final to Manchester City, and indeed the FA Cup, where they were knocked out by Championship side Nottingham Forest, and the Europa League appears to be the only thing they can salvage from a desperately disappointing campaign to date.
As such, there have been many angry and frustrated Gunners fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can at least finish the season with some momentum heading into the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been much talk about what the future holds for manager Wenger, with reports suggesting that Germany boss Joachim Low is in pole position to replace the Frenchman if his tenure does indeed come to an end this summer.
And while there’s little doubting that the 58-year-old would be a fine replacement, the Arsenal hierarchy should forget about appointing Low, and instead do all they can to lure Carlo Ancelotti back to the Premier League.
Ultimately, the 58-year-old is a winner, having secured domestic titles in Italy with AC Milan, England with Chelsea, Spain with Real Madrid, and most recently Germany with Bayern Munich – not many other managers can say they have done that.
Add in his credentials on the European stage, in which he has tied Bob Paisley as the only men to have won three European Cups, and he appears to be exactly the sort of appointment the Gunners need to turn them into contenders both domestically and on the continent once again.
More importantly though, Ancelotti already has experience, and indeed winning experience, of the Premier League, having led Chelsea to the title back in 2010, a season in which he also won the FA Cup.
Thus, the 58-year-old knows exactly what it takes to succeed in English football, and given the gauntlet laid down by Pep Guardiola and Manchester City this season, that experience could prove to be invaluable in taking Arsenal to the next level – namely, competing for the title once again.
There will be concerns surrounding Low given that he hasn’t been in club management for 14 years, while the fact he hasn’t managed in England should also be of concern to the Gunners hierarchy.
Ultimately, replacing Wenger is going to be a difficult job for any manager in the world, yet Ancelotti has proven throughout his career that he is a winner, and the fact he has managed to do so in England and regularly in Europe makes him the outstanding candidate to take Arsenal forward.
Thus, the North London giants must forget about Low and instead appoint the former Chelsea chief to replace Wenger this summer.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!