Kevin Campbell has claimed that Arsenal didn’t appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their manager because Everton have a bigger budget than them.
Both the Gunners and the Merseysiders sacked their respective managers, Unai Emery and Marco Silva during the festive period last season.
The former Highbury man seemed certain of his views that the north London outfit don’t have the budget as he labelled them ‘fact’.
Campbell said: “Maybe Ancelotti realised that he didn’t have money to spend and he had money at Everton to spend. At the end of the day, the manager has to be told what his budgets are and all that kind of thing. Everton’s budget is bigger than Arsenal’s, at the moment. And that’s a fact.” (via Claude & Bansta)
Is Campbell's views about why Ancelotti isn't the Arsenal manager correct?
Campbell could be onto something here with his claims about the budgets of the two clubs. Whilst Ancelotti was roundly backed by the Everton owners in the summer with a trio of midfield signings, the Reds had to wait until the final day of the transfer window to activate Thomas Partey’s release clause.
Meanwhile, almost everyone knew that Mikel Arteta required some sort of creativity in the summer and yet Houssem Aouar failed to make the move, despite Lyon dropping their asking price.
It seems the summer window’s successes and failures are highlighted in the club’s current season’s. Whilst Arsenal are languishing in the bottom half of the table, the Blues sit comfortably in the Premier League top-six.
It did seem strange at the time that Arsenal would reject the chance to sign the Italian, who has proven a success almost everywhere he’s managed. The move to hire Arteta seemed to work with the Gunners already securing an FA Cup triumph in his first half-season with the club. Whether it will pay off in terms of the outfit’s longer-term plans remains to be seen.