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Arsene Wenger wanted Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Unai Emery to replace him as Arsenal manager

first_imgAdvertisement Arsene Wenger ended his 22-year reign at Arsenal last season (Getty Images)Arsene Wenger indicated to Arsenal’s board that Carlo Ancelotti was his preferred choice to succeed him as manager, according to claims in Italy.Wenger called time on his 22-year reign at the end of last season and Unai Emery was appointed as his successor in the summer.But according to Rai Sports reporter Ciro Venerato, Ancelotti was open to joining Arsenal and had backing from Wenger.Ancelotti, meanwhile, is set to face Arsenal next month as his Napoli side will face the Gunners in the Europa League quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT‘I’ll tell you a behind-the scenes story dating back to last summer when Arsene Wenger indicated Carlo Ancelotti as his possible heir and successor on the Arsenal bench,’ Venerato told TV Luna’s ‘Goal Show’. Arsene Wenger wanted Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Unai Emery to replace him as Arsenal manager Comment Carlo Ancelotti was keen on Arsenal – and was backed by Wenger (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘Carlo Ancelotti, as you know, has a Canadian wife and the whole family lives in London. So he was interested.‘Arsenal then chose Unai Emery and at that point Carlo Ancelotti signed for Napoli.‘But he has not forgotten that Arsenal rejected him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 8:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more