Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal is slowly coming to an end and many believe that this could be his last season at the helm. Here’s why I believe Max Allegri is the perfect successor.
The one name you will hear from a lot of fans is Maximiliano Allegri. Here is why I believe he is the perfect candidate.
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The main reason Max Allegri would fit Arsenal is that he has a very balanced style. That is needed. Far too often, the Gunners, under Wenger, are very open at the back. When the opposition counter attack, there are too many gaps in the middle of the park. These gaps haven’t been fixed in ages, both from a personnel and a tactical standpoint. Under Allegri, the team will defend as a collective unit. That, by extension, will certainly improve the away form.
Secondly, many of the players need a manager who gives them proper instruction. One of the biggest criticisms of Wenger is that he just tells his players to go out there and express themselves, lacking the necessary detailed input to implement and execute a cohesive scheme. In this day and age, to be competent with the top clubs in the world, proper coaching is needed. There are times when Arsenal players tend to become slack and complacent, especially positionally. Wenger is more forgiving of that. Allegri will not be.
Thirdly, Allegri is a proven winner. He has won four Serie A titles, three of which have come in the last three years with Juventus, has taken the Old Lady to the Champions League final twice, and has won five domestic cup competitions in Italy with both Juventus and AC Milan. He is a truly remarkable achiever. Arsenal, on the other hand, have struggled to make it past the round of 16 of the Champions league since 2010, haven’t won the league in 14 years, and have only won three trophies in the past decade, all of which are the FA Cup.
Allegri is also a manager who will put a good amount of faith in the youth, as he has already done with Juventus. Given the tradition that Wenger has instilled of prioritising young players, that is important. There are also plenty of talented youngsters in North London already — Reiss Nelson, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, and Ainsley Maitland Niles, just to name a few. That marriage between talent and teacher is one that could blossom in the coming years.
Lastly, Allegri is a master tactician. He adjusts his sides based on the opposition. You never know what you are going to get out of him. Sometimes, he will play three at the back and sometimes a four. The way his teams set up is varied and vivacious; the way they press off the ball is a sight to behold.
This summer is huge for the club and getting Max Allegri as the next manager would be a great step. He, for me, is the perfect Wenger successor.