Arsenal are targeting former Chelsea and Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to reports in Italy.

Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness claim that Croatia, Chelsea and Arsenal are all interested in hiring the 58-year-old, as well as Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

However, the Gunners and Chelsea are believed to have the edge, as Ancelotti has only ever managed club football in the past.

The manager has had a huge amount of success doing so, winning trophies with all six of the club’s he’s managed since he took over Juventus in 1999.

Taking charge of Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich since then, the Italian’s managerial CV is very impressive. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Gunners saw him as a relatively safe bet when Wenger leaves.

However, the problem with this story is that doesn’t seem set to happen anytime soon. Arsenal certainly aren’t likely to change managers halfway through the season, given the length of time Wenger has been in charge.

Perhaps they might think about it in the summer, to avoid the same scenario as 2016/17 when he ran down the final year of his contract to protests from the fans. But we’ll have to see if Ancelotti is willing to wait until then.

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