A journalist has claimed that Arsene Wenger named Carlo Ancelotti as his preferred successor at Arsenal last summer (via Sport Witness).
It was the biggest change the club has gone through in some time when Arsene Wenger departed in the summer of 2018.
The Frenchman had been in charge of the club for over two decades but was replaced by head coach Unai Emery last year.
Now, reports suggest that Emery wasn’t Wenger’s choice for the role and the man who was will be heading to the Emirates next month.
“I’ll tell you a behind-the-scenes story dating back to last summer when Arsene Wenger indicated Carlo Ancelotti as his possible heir and successor on the Arsenal bench,” said Rai journalist Ciro Venerato in an interview on Italian television.
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“Carlo Ancelotti, as you know, has a Canadian wife and the whole family lives in London. So he was interested…
“Arsenal then chose Unai Emery and at that point, Carlo Ancelotti signed for Napoli, but he did not forget that Arsenal rejected him.”
It’s an interesting story and adds a little extra spice to Arsenal’s upcoming Europa League tie with Napoli. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most respected managers working today and would’ve added a great deal of consistency after Arsene Wenger’s departure. However, a change was needed and that has come with Unai Emery.