Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is near the top of Arsenal’s shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger, according to Sky sources, but what would he bring to the Emirates Stadium? The 50-year-old is currently targeting a fourth consecutive domestic double with Juventus, who face AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, but will hold talks with the Italian club over his future at the end of the season with Arsenal hoping to appoint their new manager before the start of next month’s World Cup, we take a look at why Allegri might be their top choice.
When it comes to winning silverware, there aren’t many managers with a CV to rival Allegri’s. The former midfielder cut his teeth as a coach in Italy’s lower leagues, but since making the step up to an elite club in 2010, he has won seven major trophies in eight years. By the start of next week, that number might stand at nine. It started in 2010/11, when he guided AC Milan to their first Serie A title since 2004 in his first season in charge, and it has continued since his appointment at Juventus in 2014. Juve had won three consecutive Serie A titles under their previous manager Antonio Conte, but they have eclipsed that success under Allegri.
Allegri inherited a winning team from Conte at Juventus, admitting he did not have to change much at first, but it has required constant surgery since then. In 2015, he had to cope with the exits of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez. In 2016, he watched Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata depart. Last summer, he lost Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves. Each time, however, Juventus have come back stronger. Systems have been adjusted and new arrivals such as Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have flourished under Allegri, who, for all the changes in personnel, has also succeeded in fostering an unshakable team spirit.
Allegri’s record suggests he would be particularly influential in a defensive sense. Juventus have had the best defensive record in Serie A in each of Allegri’s four seasons in charge, and his impact was even more evident at AC Milan. The Rossoneri had conceded 112 league goals in three three seasons before his arrival, but only conceded 96 in their first three under Allegri.
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