Neil Ashton’s article in the S*n on Thursday night was a thought-provoking one stating that Arsenal’s power struggle was so widespread that it meant the club are “in danger of missing out on Max Allegri”.
Without any mention of sources, he began saying that Allegri was interested in a move to north London.
“Massimiliano Allegri, who has just steered Juventus to next month’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, was willing to move to North London to oversee a massive restructuring,” he wrote
It’s been well-documented in recent seasons that Arsenal are keen for change. It just isn’t clear where the change is going to happen, whether it will be a new manager or a shake-up of the board, for instance.
It’s also obvious that Wenger has purposely delayed an announcement on his future until the end of the season, instead focusing on helping the team to secure an unlikely top-four finish whilst preparing for the FA Cup final against Chelsea at the end of May.
“Allegri, who was prepared to make sweeping changes at the Emirates, is now so fed up with the delay he is talking to the Juve board about an extension to his contract,” Ashton continued.
That’s also a debatable statement to make, because Allegri never publicly stated his desire to leave Juve in the first instance. Unhappy about friction within the squad as well as full control over transfers, this accelerated speculation that he’d be Wenger’s successor at the Emirates.
Sure, there’s a good chance that he’ll become a Premier League manager at some point in the future – whether that’s with the Gunners remains to be seen.
But why are Arsenal’s problems being blamed for this? Extra clicks.