Report: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur track former Chelsea manager who was sacked in 2020


Arsenal and north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are both tracking former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, according to Rai Sport (via Area Napoli).

The Italian has been without a job since leaving Juventus at the end of last season despite having led them to their ninth consecutive Serie A title.

With the Gunners sitting in ninth place in the Premier League, the Reds have largely struggled under Mikel Arteta in what is proving to be a season to forget.

Should Arsenal sack Arteta?



It proves a tricky situation with regards to what the club should do regarding Arteta and the underachievement this campaign. The north London giants have been nowhere near their best and with a mountain to climb in the second leg of their Europa League tie versus Slavia Prague, there is a real possibility of no European football at all in N5.

However, there has been a definite improvement under the Spaniard with the side proving far more stable at the back. Arsenal have conceded the joint-fifth least number of goals this season in what has been an encouraging campaign across defence.

And sacking the former Manchester City assistant coach before he can undertake a full pre-season with a squad of his own making would prove a brutal move from the Emirates Stadium hierarchy. The current pandemic meant last season ended at the start of August 2020 for the outfit before they returned to action a mere 28 days later in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

But, let’s be honest, the board aren’t exactly known for their great decision-making, just look at the arrivals and departures of various figures over the last few years. Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and Huss Fahmy have all joined and left within a short space of time, hinting at problems behind the scenes at the club.

It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if the club decided to sack the 38-year-old if there was a poor start to next season after failing to secure European football this year. The lack of control in decision-making has been poor and the potential sacking of Arteta would only amplify that.

In other news, Arsenal are willing to part with one player amid reports of a £15m deal for an under-21 international.

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