Roberto Mancini has revealed that he would have loved to have been handed the chance to manage Arsenal, despite the fact that he spent two years working with Manchester City.
The Italian, who was recently charged with guiding Inter Milan back to the big time in Europe, admitted that he believed Arsenal had a ‘special charm’ and insisted that there was still time for him to become the main man in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium.
The 49-year-old won the Premier League with City thanks to the famous last-gasp winner from Sergio Aguero against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the 2011/2012 season, but was then sacked from his position as head coach, before moving on to Galatasaray.
Though he’s now in charge of Inter Mancini has openly expressed a desire to perhaps replace Arsene Wenger, and with the Frenchman having come under heavy fire that notion is far more feasible than it once would have been.
The Arsenal dream
The ex-City man told Corriere dello Sport - as related by the Evening Standard: “I would have loved to have managed Arsenal, a club with a special charm. But there is still time."
"I would have loved to have managed Arsenal"
On the face of it it looks extremely unlikely that Mancini would indeed be handed the reigns at Arsenal, purely because the dust has yet to settle on his latest detail. Inter chief Erick Thohir is prepared to invest a lot of money to ensure the once-great Serie A giants return to a position of dominance, but stability will be key along the way, and Mancini is well-liked at the San Siro.
Arsene Wenger to go?
That’s not to say that Wenger won’t either leave or be given his marching orders once this season comes to an end. The 65-year-old was given refuge from the seemingly relentless criticism thanks to his F.A Cup triumph last season, but this term has started in a usual rocky fashion, and in the midst of an injury crisis things don’t look like improving anytime soon.
It’s fair to assume he’ll be given plenty of time to turn the fortunes around thanks to the legacy he’s already carved in north London, but the frustrations in the stands are threatening to boil over, and there have been murmurs that a change in tact is necessary if the club are to avoid stagnating.