Arsenal have made contact with Max Allegri about their managerial vacancy, according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.
The 52-year-old has been out of work since leaving Juventus in June, and it is understood that he has been approached by the Gunners, who parted ways with Unai Emery on Friday morning, as per the BBC.
Allegri is said to be keen on the role.
Freddie Ljungberg has been installed in the dugout on an interim basis.
Solhekol also claims that Arsenal were interested in Jose Mourinho prior to him taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham earlier this month.
Senior figures at Arsenal wanted José Mourinho to replace Emery before he took the Spurs job. There’s been contact between Arsenal and Max Allegri. He wants the job but his English is not perfect either
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) November 29, 2019
Would Allegri be the right man for Arsenal?
The Italian’s record speaks for itself.
Six-time Serie A champion, four-time Italian Cup winner, Allegri was fantastic during his spell at Juve, and at AC Milan prior to that.
The 52-year-old averaged 2.27 points per game during his time in Turin, as per Transfermarkt, and if he could get anywhere near that level for Arsenal, he would be a huge success.
That being said, there are issues.
As referenced by Solhekol, it is understood that Allegri’s English is not great, and while that may not be an issue in itself, if the board are looking for somebody to come in and galvanise and unite a dressing room, that could stand against him.
Equally, Allegri is used to working with a dominant side. His Juventus team were pretty much untouchable in Italy for large spells of his tenure, and so it would be interesting, and potentially risky, to see how he would adapt to a club that quote clearly needs a rebuilding job done as soon as possible.