Arsenal next manager: Carlo Ancelotti has ‘suitcase packed’ and is close to agreement

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Arsenal remain on the hunt for their next manager with Carlo Ancelotti being backed to be the club’s permanent replacement for Unai Emery.

Arsenal managerial target Carlo Ancelotti has his suitcase packed and is ready to move back to London, according to reports. The Italian is now in-demand after losing his job at Napoli earlier this week.

Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli shortly after he’d steered them into the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 4-0 victory over Genk.

The Italian is wanted by both Arsenal and Everton and is supposedly ready to throw himself straight back into the thick of things.

And La Repubblica say Ancelotti is close to taking the Arsenal job and has his suitcases packed ahead of a return to London, where he previously managed Chelsea.

The 60-year-old guided the Blues to the Premier League and FA Cup double during his first campaign at the helm.

He was sacked in 2011, though, after Manchester United had beaten the Blues to the title that year.

The report says Ancelotti is close to taking the Arsenal job, with an agreement close to be being reached.

Another publication, TMW, have even gone as far to say the former Napoli manager has received an offer of an 18-month contract from the Gunners.

But whether he’s officially named as the club’s permanent replacement for Unai Emery is something only time will tell.

Arsenal have many managers under consideration, even if Ancelotti now appears to be the frontrunner for the post.

Mikel Arteta is thought of highly but his lack of experience, having yet to chance his arm at mangagement, may count against him.

Patrick Vieira also has backing among the board, particularly Arsenal chief Edu.

And links to Massimiliano Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino have also refused to die down amid the Gunners’ need for a new boss.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has been urged to pick Arsenal over Everton by Ruud Gullit.

The Italian has been linked with the Toffees following their decision to relieve Marco Silva of his duties.

And Gullit said: “It’s not because of Everton, but Ancelotti belongs to a contender for the Champions League.

“Already Napoli was a decision which I was like ‘are you sure?’

“Everton doesn’t play Champions League, it’s not even close.

“Arsenal, yes. For sure. That’s an opportunity for Arsenal to get somebody has the credentials, and the cups and a lot of players want to play for him.”

Arsenal are next in action against Standard Liege in the Europa League this evening (5.55pm).

That match will be overseen by Freddie Ljungberg, who is currently holding the fort until a new manager touches down.

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