Former midfielder Emmanuel Petit as urged Arsenal not to miss out on the opportunity to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager following the Italian’s sacking this week.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a new manager following their decision to fire Unai Emery last month after a hugely underwhelming start to the season, the North London club well off the pace in the race for the top four.
Mikel Arteta has emerged as the odds-on favourite to land the job after it was reported earlier this week that he was the clubs number one target, the former Arsenal midfielder impressing in his role as Man City assistant under Pep Guardiola.
However, with Arteta having no experience as a head coach, ex Gunner Emmanuel Petit has urged his old club not to miss out on the chance to land a ‘top manager’ after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli earlier this week, describing him as ‘the perfect answer for Arsenal’, the former Chelsea boss also attracting the attention of Everton.
“In this period of the season, it’s not easy to find a manager, a good one. Most of them are already working,” Petit told The Mirror.
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“But we’ve seen in the past few days that Ancelotti has been fired from Napoli, so it’s one of those that, when you see that kind of profile on the market, you must ask yourself the question, ‘Is he the good one?’
“Ancelotti would be, right now, the perfect answer for Arsenal. It’s very rare to see a top manager like him getting fired in the middle of the season. It’s a coincidence and sometimes destiny tries to show you the way to go and you have to be open to it.
“He is one of the top managers in the world, he’s available and he’s on the market. I know he is in talks with Everton as well, but I’m pretty sure, if Arsenal do as good a job, he’d be more than happy to be the manager of Arsenal.
“In the meantime, the question I ask myself is, ‘What kind of manager would be happy to take Arsenal’s situation right now?’ The situation has got worse and worse, season after season, so you need a really top manager to handle the situation right now. And, for the moment, the only one on the market and available is Ancelotti. Everywhere he went, Ancelotti had success, except with Napoli.
“He is respected so much by the players for all of his experience and all of his years in the game. At Chelsea, in Italy, in France even with Paris Saint-Germain, he left big memories for the players. He improved a lot of them and won many trophies. He has so much experience.
“I still believe Emery has qualities, but not for a club like Arsenal, because he couldn’t speak English and, when you go to the Premier League, you have to.
“Ancelotti has everything required to be a top manager and if you listen to all of his former players, any of them, it’s kind of the same as Arsene Wenger.
“Most players will tell you good things and it’s the same with Ancelotti.”
Arsenal host Arteta’s Man City in Sunday’s late kick-off, the Gunners currently sitting in ninth in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League football.