Arsenal supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of weeks after their team’s highly impressive 5-1 aggregate success over AC Milan in the last 16 of Europa League, thus keeping their trophy chances alive heading into the final few months of the season.
Arsene Wenger’s men took a 2-0 lead into the return leg in North London back on March 15 following a commanding performance at the San Siro the week previous, yet there were some very anxious Gunners fans in the Tavern when Hakan Calhanoglu gave the visitors the lead at the Emirates Stadium. However, the Wenger’s side responded admirably as a Danny Welbeck double alongside Granit Xhaka’s second goal of the campaign secured a comfortable victory for the Gunners, thus booking their place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s secondary competition, where they will face CSKA Moscow next month.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Arsenal fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about possible Europa League success this term, which would in turn secure them a berth in next season’s Champions League.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Gunners supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel will replace Wenger as the club’s manager in the summer.
And while there is little doubting Tuchel’s credentials for the job, the Gunners should forget about a move for the 44-year-old, and instead focus all their efforts on luring Massimiliano Allegri away from Juventus this summer.
Ultimately, the 50-year-old has done a magnificent job since taking over in Turin back in 2014, leading the Italian giants to three successive Serie A titles (and very much in the hunt for a fourth), as well as two Champions League finals, although they lost them both.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that the Italian has got the best out of this Juve team since his arrival, with the Old Lady widely regarded as one of the best if not the best defensive units in European football, yet combining that with supreme efficiency going forward having scored 411 goals in 208 games under Allegri.
Significantly though, the 50-year-old showed big-game pedigree against Tottenham in the Champions League earlier this month, with Allegri making a double substitution on the hour to completely change the dynamic of the tie, a tie that was slowly slipping away from his side.
Ultimately, the two goals they scored immediately after Allegri’s changes won the tie for the Italian league leaders, despite arguably having been second-best to Mauricio Pochettino’s side for the majority of the two legs.
But that is what a big-game manager can bring to the table, and he is the sort of big-name manager who could go into Arsenal and immediately make them better.
Defensively, Arsenal are simply not as good as the other top sides in the Premier League, yet Allegri has overseen a Juve team that have shipped just 153 goals under his stewardship, equating to just 0.73 a game.
And while going forward the Gunners have huge potential and vast amounts of talent, they haven’t scored as many as the likes of Manchester City, United, Liverpool, and Tottenham this term, while they have also shipped more than the aforementioned quartet.
Thus, things need to change at the Emirates Stadium, and Allegri has proven time and again at Juventus that he is able to instigate that change, be it on the training field in preparation for matches, or during the game itself.
As such, the Gunners simply must forget about Tuchel and instead do all they can to lure Allegri to North London.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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