Arsenal's 1-0 win over Huddersfield on Sunday brought the Arsene Wenger era to an end. Now, more than two decades after he arrived in North London, the Gunners are looking for a new man to lead them forward.
One name that keeps popping up as a possible Wenger replacement is current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian tactician is currently second favourite at leading sportsbooks. Wagering on Allergi for Arsenal fans could have its advantages with a bonus that outweigh other possible candidates.
Allegri has won five Serie A Scudetti in his time in Italy. Four of those have come in consecutive years as the manager's Juventus have been unstoppable on the peninsula.
While Allegri has done a phenomenal job with the Bianconeri, his best work as a coach may have come seven years ago when he led AC Milan to the Serie A title. The Rossoneri's unexpected trophy win put Allegri on the map and made him a target of both Milan and rival fans in the years that followed. Allegri was under the scrutiny of Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi and every move was criticised by the former Italian Prime Minister. When Allegri replaced Antonio Conte at Juventus in 2014, the club's supporters were angry with the appointment, but it didn't take long for the former midfielder to win them over.
There are similarities between Allegri's arrival at Juventus and Arsenal currently. The Gunners are replacing an iconic manager and supporters are arguably the most divided they have ever been. More than anything, Arsenal need a manager who can step in and quell the unrest in supporters.
One of the biggest differences between Allegri and other candidates such as Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers, is his experience. Yes, Rodgers has been winning titles in Scotland with Celtic and did manager Liverpool and Swansea before that; but the Northern Irishman hasn't navigated the tricky waters the of Champions League like Allegri.
The Italian has twice lead Juventus to the Champions League final. On both occasions, the Bianconeri were beaten by Spanish opposition. However, Allegri's achievements in the Champions League surpassed anything that Wenger and Arsenal did in 22 years. In addition, Allegri expanded on Conte's work at Juventus post-Calciopoli scandal of 2006.
Meanwhile, Arteta is only an assistant at Manchester City having retired at the end of 2016. Despite some calling for Arteta to be given the reins at Arsenal, including Ian Wright, the Spaniard's lack of first team managerial experience should worry Arsenal executives. Arteta may be learning under Pep Guardiola and have a great mind for playing football, but the current assistant coach is an unknown. Allegri is the proven quantity.
Even if Allegri is top of Arsenal's managerial wishlist, its arrogant to think he would leave an establish Champions League contender for a re-building Arsenal. In the wake of Juventus' seventh straight Serie A championship, it has been reported Allegri plans to stay in Turin for another season. It does appear Allegri is studying English, which is a sign he wants to try his hand in the Premier League. While there may be no better time or club to manage, the Arsenal position may not suit Allegri on a personal level.