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Speaking on talkSPORT, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged the club to move for Carlo Ancelotti as soon as possible.
Having sacked Unai Emery following a miserable start to the campaign, the Gunners are on the look-out for a permanent successor to the Spaniard. Freddie Ljungberg has taken charge on an interim basis, but reports in recent weeks have suggested the club have drawn up a 12-man shortlist to find out who would be best suited to taking on the role full-time.
One man who is said to be in the frame, is Ancelotti. The Italian was relieved of his duties by Napoli after their Champions League win earlier this week, and Parlour has urged the Gunners to move for him as quickly as they can.
He said: “You can’t knock his record. I think they need a bit of experience to shake this squad up and try and get them defending better as a team and get them organised. He’s available and he knows the Premier League very well. Sometimes you’ve got to move quickly with managers.
“He’s a bit like (Jose) Mourinho; the trophies he’s won, 20 trophies! Obviously he’s been at big clubs and has had the opportunity to play in big tournaments and have good players, but he’s still got to manage big players and he’s done that so well over the years. That’s why you say he could be the right man for Arsenal.”
Whilst as Parlour says, Ancelotti’s record, particularly in the Champions League, is unparalleled, is he the right fit for what Arsenal desperately need at the moment? The Gunners are in disarray at the moment, several places outside of the top four, and were on a dismal run of nine games without a win just last week.
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Ancelotti’s penchant for getting the best out of big players as he did at Real Madrid and Chelsea perhaps isn’t the necessary quality needed at the Emirates, despite his truly incredible trophy haul that includes three Champions League titles. The north London side could do with a coach who is either progressive and looking towards the future, or someone who can tighten things up at the back. And the Italian’s way of managing doesn’t quite fit those requirement.