Ex-Chelsea chief in shock Arsenal link - reports

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Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is being linked with a shock appointment at Arsenal.

The Daily Mail claims the Italian is a 'leading candidate' to replace the Gunners chief, should the Frenchman decide to walk away from the Emirates for pastures new - possibly England if other reports are to be believed.

After a disappointing start to the Barclays Premier League season, critics had called for Wenger's head at Arsenal as early as September.

However, 'the professor' has managed to guide the north London outfit to a remarkable change in fortunes, with Arsenal currently undefeated in eight games in all competitions.

Quotes in French publication L'Equipe suggested Wenger was considering his future with the club over the weekend, suggestions the manager strenuously denied on the official Arsenal website following the 2-1 win over Norwich.

But, reports that England are keen on replacing Fabio Capello with the 62-year-old has led to speculation as to who could fill his boots at the Emirates, with Ancelotti highlighted as a possible candidate.

The former Italian international took charge at Chelsea in 2009, and claimed a Barclays Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 before his axe in 2011.

Question marks over the former AC Milan chiefs ability to operate in England were quickly dispelled during his time at Stamford Bridge, and Ancelotti has stressed his desire to work once again in the country as soon as possible.

Whilst language was a barrier during his time at Chelsea, the 52-year-old has remained in the country and is taking lessons to improve his speech should another opportunity arise.

And, reports in The Sun claim that Ancelotti, who was replaced by under-pressure Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea, would be appointed if the Gunners fail to make the Champions League next season.

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