Date: 5th March 2017 at 10:07pm
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With the weekend’s defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League, it didn’t take the redtops long to bring up the future of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and it appears Max Allegri and Ronald Koeman are now two firm favourites in the speculation stakes.

Beginning with Allegri, he’s namechecked by the Mirror as being our next potential boss and the link is obvious given his achievements at Italian Serie A side Juventus who could still potentially win the treble of Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia in 2016/17.

They quote him dismissing the speculation though and saying that ‘nobody is interested in my future’ but that certainly isn’t going to stop the speculation between now and the summer.

With Wenger’s reported two year deal still on the table and unsigned, Juve are seven points clear at the top of their league and Allegri is looking no further that their achievements at the moment, but should an offer come in – would he turn down the opportunity?

‘Right now, at this moment, we are focused on what happens this season and so to talk about what I`m going to do is of little interest to anyone. The Juventus fans are interested in what the team does and what the team can win. Last year I met the President and told him I would stay, that when the moment comes I will talk to the club and we`ll decide. I have a contract to 2018, but now we have to focus on this very important period of the season, concentrating on Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia without thinking of what will happen next year. Right now nobody is interested in what my future holds. The important thing is to be aware we can go all the way in all three competitions.’

He went on to add.

‘I haven`t even thought about planning the future, let alone motivation for next year. The most important thing is to focus on the game with Udinese.’

It’s also suggested a verbal agreement may already have been made but there’s no evidence to back that up.

The same outlet suggest that Everton’s Ronald Koeman is also considered a ‘perfect’ successor but Koeman is of course continually linked with a return to Barcelona and current manager Luis Enrique will be leaving them this summer as well.

They claim the 53 year old ‘is seen by influential members of the Arsenal board’ as being the perfect candidate as our next manager given the work his has done in the Premier League with Everton and prior to them, Southampton.

Who these ‘influential board members are’ goes unanswered but as each month to the summer ticks by and there’s no resolution, the speculation is only going to increase.

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