Arsenal: Ancelotti sacked, time to make our move

After their 4-0 Champions League victory over Genk and having secured safe passage through to the Round of 16 Napoli called time on Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure. The timing certainly seems strange but a change of management at the San Paolo has been inevitable for quite some time now with Gennaro Gattuso set to replace the 60-year-old.

Freddie Ljungberg managed his first victory as the interim Head Coach on Monday night but we must not let our hearts rule over our heads and allow ourselves to be drawn into making a permanent appointment based on nostalgia. The reality is a club of this size requires a top coach who can at the very least make Arsenal competitive again.

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Ancelotti has a CV that speaks for itself. He’s managed Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and most recently Napoli. The Italian has won three Champions Leagues, the Premier League title, the Scudetto, the Bundesliga, the French championship, a sh*t load of domestic cups and was voted as the world’s number one coach on two occasions.

Need I write anymore? Click here to read a piece I contributed to immediately after the news Arsene Wenger was set to leave the club was announced and you’ll see that Ancelotti was my number one choice then. David Seaman agreed with me and that was my claim to fame at the time but all jokes aside you know it makes sense.

18 months of Unai Emery resulted in zero progress, in fact I believe the team have regressed therefore to restore our Champions League status (yes, I’m desperate to see us finish fourth) it’s going to take somebody experienced, somebody who the players will respect and somebody so high-profiled that he’s big enough and strong enough to take on KSE and their team of puppets when he disagrees with something.

Come on Arsenal, make your move!

Arsenal: My Starting XI to face West Ham United

Arsenal take on West Ham United at the London Stadium on Monday night in a relegation six-pointer! Can’t believe I’m saying that but ahead of this one we sit just four points clear of the drop zone! Worrying times and these words could come back to bite me in the ass but we’re definitely too big of a club to get relegated.

*Cue the Leeds United example*

Anyway, here is the starting XI I would pick for Monday nights game NOT the one I think Freddie will go with…

Leno, Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Torreira, Özil, Martinelli, Pepe, Aubameyang.

Shocked? Confused? Can’t work out why certain players are in there? Click here for my explanation on Saturday’s podcast.