Italian coach emerges favourite to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager

Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly emerged as a shock replacement to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager this summer.

The 50-year-old is currently contracted to the Bianconeri until June 2020 but has previously talked about the possibility of a Premier League move.

According to the Mirror, Allegri has jumped ahead of Luis Enrique on the Gunners’ manager shortlist could be on his way to England in the coming months.

Max has previously hinted he would welcome a future challenge in the Premier League, but Arsenal are unlikely to have an easy task having the Panchina d’Oro winner succeeding Wenger.

Juve are planning to hold contract talks with their manager after Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final against AC Milan and could seal the Serie A title in their next league outing.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are set to finish sixth in the Premier League and will be trophyless for their troubles.

If they can’t get Allegri, Enrique could offer them some hope, as he’s reportedly looking to ply his managerial trade in the Premier League. He’s been reluctant to accept a pay-cut on his mouth-watering £15m-a-year salary after tax, however.

Wenger won’t be celebrating any trophy success this season after Arsenal bowed out at the semi-finals of the Europa League to Atletico Madrid, but Wenger went out on a high in his final home game – Arsenal thrashed Burnley 5-0 on Sunday.

It looks to be a battle between Allegri or Enrique to see who will take up the mantle when Wenger does step down as manager.

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