Arsenal backed to appoint ‘by far the best candidate’ to replace Unai Emery

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Arsenal are on the hunt for a new manager and Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with the vacancy.

Massimiliano Allegri is “by far the best candidate” to become the next Arsenal manager, claims European football expert Andy Brassell.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a new boss following the sacking of Unai Emery last Friday. Allegri was linked with the job before Emery was appointed in May 2018.

The Italian is currently out of work after he left Juventus at the end of last season.

Allegri has been learning English ahead of a potential move to the Premier League.

Brassell admits Allegri would not play the style of football Arsenal fans have become accustomed to, especially under legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

However, he claims there is no one better to lead the Gunners back to being competitive for major honours again.

“If I were an Arsenal fan I would love Allegri,” Brassell told talkSPORT.

“I think his name has been put out there, the name of [Diego] Simeone was put out there before when Wenger was going of course. I don’t think that is a likelihood at all.

“But let’s remember, Allegri’s football is as far from Wenger’s football as could be possible.

“The question is, I wonder, are Arsenal fans bothered about that? Does that prevent an ideological problem to them?

“Or do they just want winning football? Because he’s always been clear – ‘I don’t care about the aesthetic side of it at all’, which is what Arsenal have been built on in the Premier League years I suppose.

“I suppose you could say the same about Manchester United couldn’t you.

“I guess the question is, how much are you prepared to give to get back to a point where you’re genuinely competitive?

“If they can convince Allegri to come, he is by far the best candidate.”

Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in interim charge after Emery’s dismissal.

The Gunners drew 2-2 in the Swede’s first match in charge away at Norwich on Sunday.

Ljungberg is not thinking too far into the future and is still confident his eighth-placed side can finish in the Premier League top four this season.

“I hope the club, where I have been for a long time, knows what I can do and what I can’t do,” Ljungberg said.

“I’m just looking forward, day-by-day, and I’ve just been very honoured that they have trusted me to do this.

“I’ll try to help the players as much as I can and that’s how I see it.

“[Yes], 100 per cent [Arsenal can make the top four]. People drop points here and there and we drop points, it’s a crazy league at the moment. I hope and think Arsenal can finish in the top four.”

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