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According to the Mirror‘s John Cross, the Italian is a target for Arsenal as they search for Arsene Wenger‘s successor, and he has previously expressed interest in managing in the Premier League, but for now he aims to stay put.
“Will I stay at Juve?” Allegri said. “Yes. I have a contract to honour. If they don’t sack me, I’ll stay at Juventus next year too.”
Serie A expert James Horncastle relayed other recent comments from Allegri to Rai Sport, in which he also appeared to confirm his desire to continue with the Old Lady:
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Allegri pretty chippy on RAI when asked if it’s the end of a cycle and what Juve’s limits are. Calls the line of questioning absurd, says the team can still improve, the [re]build is not over and “we’ll fight for the title next season.”
The coach has just completed his fourth consecutive league and cup double with the Bianconeri, and he was also the last man to stop Juve winning Serie A when he lifted the title with AC Milan in 2011.
One of the hallmarks of his reign at the club has been the team’s defensive solidity, which they demonstrated in the Coppa Italia this season:
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Juventus didn’t concede a goal in this year’s Coppa Italia 👀🚫 https://t.co/x9RNS6SoJ4
That kind of resilience could have a transformative effect on Arsenal. The Gunners shipped 51 goals in the Premier League this season, a record bettered not only by the top five but also Burnley and Newcastle United.
Fox Sports’ James Dodd believes Allegri would make their defence a priority:
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Fairly sure that if Allegri was appointed as the next Arsenal manager then his immediate attention would turn to improving that defence. Chiellini would be a nice addition… 🙏 #AFC
The 50-year-old still appears to have some unfinished business left in Turin, though, so it seems Arsenal will have to look elsewhere for the man to replace Wenger.
Allegri is perhaps hoping to guide Juventus to success in the UEFA Champions League, having fallen short in the 2015 and 2017 finals, and Arsenal won’t even be in the competition next season after finishing sixth.