In Focus: Ancelotti can be a stabilising influence at either Arsenal or Chelsea

As reported by The Express, Carlo Ancelotti is set to be at the centre of a summer tug-of-war between Chelsea and Arsenal as they consider replacing their under pressure managers at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

With the Blues and the Gunners both losing again this weekend, the futures of Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger were brought into sharp focus, with many supporters growing tired of both after a long and difficult season.

A top four spot for both clubs looks unlikely which means, winning European trophies aside, there is no route into the UEFA Champions League next season.

The Express report that Ancelotti is living in London again after leaving Bayern Munich earlier this season and wants to manager in the English Premier League.

The paper say he won’t be short of offers, with both Chelsea and Arsenal putting him in the running to replace their beleaguered bosses.

Is he what both clubs need?

Ancelotti has a proven track record of being a stabilising force for elite clubs, with the majority of his appointments working out as a success. With 19 major trophy wins to his name, including an English Premier League title with Chelsea, he has the experience required to make either club contenders at the top end of English football once again.

More pragmatic than Wenger and more traditional than Conte, he could normalise tactics at either club, something that both sets of supporters are struggling with right now.

With the status required to deal with the major egos in both dressing rooms, he would be the ideal short-term appointment for both clubs should they find themselves without a manager this summer.