AC Monza have sacked their head coach to try and change their fortunes, with Pablo Mari’s loan side earning just one point in six games.
AC Monza confirmed on Tuesday that they’d parted ways with head coach Giovanni Stroppa, relieving him of his position. They thanked him for their journey together, which culminated in their promotion to Serie A, and wished him the best for the future.
Monza sit bottom of the Serie A table, with just one point in their first six games. That single point came in a draw against 17th-placed Lecce. It’s not exactly surprising Monza have decided to make a change.
The reason this is all relevant to Arsenal is Pablo Mari’s loan to the Italian club.
The deal Arsenal made with Monza included an obligation for the Serie A side to buy the defender, but only if he made a certain number of appearances and they avoided relegation.
As it stands, it looks very likely Monza are going down. The one positive is that the change of head coach could inspire them to turn things around, and they’re currently only two points from 17th place and escaping the relegation zone.
There’s plenty of time left in the season for a new boss to get Monza back on track.
On the other hand, Stroppa was the man in charge of the team when Monza decided to bring Mari in. It’s difficult to say for sure whether the new coach will keep the centre-back in the starting lineup.
Remember that Mari has to make a certain number of appearances for the obligation clause to come into effect.
So the best-case scenario for Arsenal would be an exciting new coach for Monza who helps to turn their season around with Mari in the starting lineup, earning the Gunners a few million pounds when his obligation is activated next summer.
As it stands, the more likely scenario is that Monza go down and Mari returns to North London.