Arsenal are planning to hold talks with Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was sacked by Napoli, according to reports. Ancelotti guided Napoli to a 4-0 win over Genk in the Champions League in his final game in charge on Tuesday evening but that was the Italian club’s first victory in 10 games.
Gennaro Gattuso is set to take over from Ancelotti at Napoli. And according to The Sun, Arsenal are ‘eager’ to speak with the former Chelsea manager about the prospect of becoming their new manager. The report claims that Arsenal have already spoken to Valencia manager Marcelino, Vitor Pereira, the former Porto boss, and Bordeaux head coach Paulo Sousa.
But those three candidates are set to miss out on Arsenal’s final shortlist.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, won the Premier League and the FA Cup during his two seasons at Chelsea and provides Arsenal with an experienced option who is available to start straight away. Massimiliano Allegri, who is also on Arsenal’s shortlist, has already declared that he won’t take another job until after the season has ended.
Two former Arsenal captains Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta are both on Arsenal’s list of candidates. The Gunners are also interested in former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.