Arsenal want Carlo Ancelotti to succeed Arsene Wenger says Evening Standard

Carlo Ancelotti during his time as Bayern Munich manager.

James Olley of the Evening Standard – a reliable dispenser of legitimate Arsenal information – claims today that the club considers Carlo Ancelotti a serious candidate to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.

Wenger agreed a new two-year deal at the club last summer, but there is a growing feeling he may finally end his reign at the end of this season – an underwhelming campaign that has left many fans clamouring for change.

Olley writes:

“Standard Sport understands senior figures at the club believe the 68-year-old’s time in charge may end earlier and there is a sense behind the scenes he could give serious consideration to cutting short his contract.”

Arsenal have been restructuring the club around Wenger with a view to avoiding the painful transition Manchester United endured following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. The idea is to reduce the dependency on the manager, thereby providing an additional degree of stability and continuity no matter who replaces Wenger when he does depart.

It is believed the club are therefore more relaxed over Wenger’s future than in previous years and see Ancelotti as having sufficient gravitas and experience to steer the club forward.”

The experienced Ancelotti is set to move back to London soon after he was sacked as Bayern Munich coach last September. And Chelsea may also be interested in him returning to the club where he won the double in 2010.