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Former Chelsea manager lined up as Wenger replacement

Arsenal are giving serious consideration to the possibility of former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti replacing Arsene Wenger as the club’s manager during the summer, according to reports in the Evening Standard.

The Gunner’s 68-year-old coach signed a new two-year-deal in May of last year, although his position is thought to be up for review at the end of the season and is dependent on how his team performs between now and then.

Many at the Emirates feel Wenger may be prepared to walk away at the end of this campaign, and the club has been busy restructuring behind the scenes to avoid a repeat of the struggles faced by Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.

Former Borussia Dortmund scouting supremo Sven Mislintat has been brought in already, and Raul Sanllehi will join from Barcelona in February as head of football relations.

The aim of this restructuring is to lessen the impact of a manager leaving the club in the future, and this is why the club would feel comfortable with the departure of their long-term coach this summer, and are open to the possibility of replacing him with a manager like Ancelotti who is more accustomed to working with this more European of club models.

Ancelotti has a wealth of elite level experience having successfully managed AC Milan, Real Madrid and PSG amongst several other of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The 58-year-old Italian has been out of work since he was sacked as coach of German giants Bayern Munich earlier this season.

Ancelotti spent two seasons as Chelsea manager between 2009-2011 and guided the Blues to a League and FA double in the 2009/2010 season.

He has of course also been linked with replacing his countryman Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer, and with the experienced coach said to be keen on a return to London the chances of seeing him on the touchline at a Premier League club next season seem very high.

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