Arsenal and Chelsea in battle to land ex-Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti

Posted Sunday, March 04, 2018 by

Arsenal and Chelsea in battle to land ex-Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti could be pursued by Arsenal and Chelsea this summer

CARLO ANCELOTTI will be at the centre of a summer tug of war between London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.

Ancelotti, who has been out of the game since leaving Bayern Munich in September, is now back living in London.

He has made it clear that he wants a return to the Premier League and isn't going to be short of job offers with both Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger set to move on.

The 58-year-old was spotted at Stamford Bridge recently where he was a guest of Blues owner Roman Abramovich which suggests he is in the running to replace Antonio Conte.

Conte is set to return to Italy at the end of the season with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique also in the running to move to west London before the World Cup.

Arsenal are working on a shortlist of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger who is also likely to leave halfway through the two-year deal he signed last summer.

Pressure is growing on Wenger after the Gunners suffered back to back 3-0 defeats to Man City in the Carabao Cup final and the Premier League in the last week.

Lois Langton, chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association recently welcomed the prospect of Ancelotti taking over.

"I think that many supporters would say, if asked, that Ancelotti would be the stand-out candidate in the event that the current manager steps down," she said.

"He has the status, nous, expertise and experience of the Premier League and you would like to think would bring with him the defensive and tactical acumen that would address some of our long identified problems.

"What we witnessed at Wembley was the culmination of years of arrogance and stubbornness.

"The solution is blindingly obvious and it is painful to watch what is happening to our wonderful club.

"For the sake of our football club, the board must grasp the nettle. Nobody is denying what he (Wenger) has achieved for the club but that cannot be used as a self-serving justification to prevent change."

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