Carlo Ancelotti could be returning to the Premier League to take over from Arsène Wenger at Arsenal next summer, according to latest reports.
ESPN claim that Bayern Munich, Ancelotti’s current employers, are considering triggering a clause that would end the 58-year-old’s three-year contract early, leaving him open to a move back to England, where he previously managed Chelsea and won the Premier League title and FA Cup.
At the moment, Arsène Wenger is still tied down for the next two years, and of course he’s never finished an Arsenal contract early before, so whether he might this time is guesswork at best.
If the form shown by the Gunners in the first four matches of the season continues throughout the campaign, then Wenger may struggle a bit more to justify staying on, in my opinion.
At the moment, Arsenal sit 11th in the Premier League table, with Chelsea to face at the weekend, while all their big-six rivals are above them in the top half. Of course, given it’s so early into the season, that could easily change.
A win by two goals and Arsenal will overtake Chelsea, who are currently third. But a loss could put a very different spin on things. The loss of confidence could be even more important, I feel.
Continue on that trend and an exit next summer may yet be a possibility, meaning the rumours of Ancelotti replacing Wenger may have some plausibility.