Arsenal reportedly agree terms with superstar manager to replace Arsene Wenger
What's the story?
Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for more than two decades now but never has support for his manager-ship been lower amongst the Gooners than this season (and the last, to be fair).
With the players (Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil refusing new deals, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain jumping ship to Liverpool) and fans (just go watch Arsenal Fan TV, any video from the past two seasons) in a mutinous mood at the Emirates, it appears the management have finally taken the decision to end their relationship with the manager who has come to become synonymous with Arsenal Football Club.
He has, of course, a year left on his contract (including this one)
To this end, the Metro (via Corriere dello Sport) reports that the London club have an agreement in place with superstar manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over before the 2018-19 season.
In case you didn't know...
Carlo Ancelotti's CV reads like what a kid would dream of if he had the right amount of imagination - as a player he is a 3-time Serie A winner and a 2-time European Cup (now the Champions League) winner while more pertinently, as a coach, he was won the Serie A, Coppa Italia, Champions League (3 times), the Premier League, the FA Cup, Ligue 1, the Copa del Rey, the Bundesliga and the FIFA Club World Cup.
With Thomas Tuchel, Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche the other names being thrown around as alternatives to replace Wenger, there's little doubt Arsenal have made the right call.
The heart of the matter
It is understood that a deal worth £8.7 million a season has been struck between the two parties with the Italian master overlooking the Italian Football Federation's advances to take over the Azzuri in favour of a move back to London and the challenge of taking Arsenal back to the heights they savoured in the early years of the Wenger-era.
OFF TOPIC: Because so few of us have seen Ancelotti play, here's a compilation from the good old days.
Arsenal need change and sentiments aside, there's very little to be debated about that. Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect manager to handle a transition and help the club move forward... so if this has actually taken place, this would be the first step-in-the-right-direction that Arsenal have taken in many a year.