Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Arsenal should’ve tried to appoint Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti as their manager ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash between the two sides.
The Gunners were linked with making a move for the Italian a year ago after they sacked Unai Emery, but, chose the inexperience of the young Spaniard Mikel Arteta instead.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder claimed that the move to appoint the former Manchester City man hasn’t worked out.
O’Hara said: “Everton are in good form, they’re organised, they’ve got a top manager. I always said Arsenal should’ve gone for someone like Ancelotti. Arteta got the job, he’s come in and in my opinion it hasn’t worked out. How long do you leave it?” (via talkSPORT)
Were Arsenal wrong not to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their manager?
You can see the logic behind the former Premier League player’s thinking, especially with how good the Blues look at this moment in time. Everton have won back-to-back Premier League games against the likes of Chelsea and Leicester City after going on a run of just one win in seven in the top-flight.
But, there’s one massive difference between Ancelotti’s reign at Goodison Park to Arteta’s at the Emirates Stadium, and that’s how much the 61-year-old has been backed.
The Merseysiders signed an entirely new midfield in the summer with the likes of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan all joining the club. Compare that to the Gunners, who stil, have the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka starting in the middle of the park and you begin to see the stark differences.
Arteta won’t succeed in N5 as long as he is not backed by the hierarchy in north London. There needs to be an overhaul of the club and with the latest news suggesting there will be some form of change, it seems the ‘million dollar’ man will be backed in his attempts to get the club where they should be.