After almost 7 months on hiatus, Arsene Wenger reportedly is set to take over from Gennaro Gattuso as AC Milan’s new Manager.
According to Kicker, Wenger has had talks with the Italian outfit’s management and is set to become their manager, come January.
The Frenchman may have suggested as much during his interview with Sky Sports, when he said;
“Certainly at the beginning of 2019,” he told Sky Sports News when asked when he would be making his comeback. “At the moment I’m having a good rest and I watch football a lot”
Should the former Monaco boss take up this assignment, then the possibility of him, lining up a team to play against Arsenal, may happen sooner than envisioned, as Milan are also in the Europa League.
This reality is going to be as awkward as it gets, should both teams get paired against each other in the latter stages of the competition. Imaging Wenger at the Emirates stadium as manager of the opposing team, will definitely set the standard for awkwardness in football. Having managed over 1000 games in charge of the Gunners and having been the fulcrum of all affairs at the club, such reality will be hard to conceive.
Then again, this is football and even more part of the reasons we love the game so much. There’s absolutely no doubt however, that he will receive a king’s welcome, anytime he visits the Emirates Stadium.
It will be the first time in over 2 decades that the veteran manager will be managing a side other than the Londoners. This will be interesting to see as well, as there are still man loyalists within the Arsenal faithful, who still wish he were overseeing recent successes and improvements within the squad.
That said, it is prudent to commend Unai Emery on his ability to not only fill in the boots of this club legend, but revive that winning mentality that seemed long forgotten at the Emirates.
The team currently boasts of a 14 games unbeaten streak, despite the odds and are firing on all cylinders in terms of goals, second only to title holders Manchester City.
Long may this Arsenal form continue and rein in titles and trophies.
Also, we are forever grateful to Arsene for the wonderful memories (and heartaches), whilst wishing him a successful venture at Italy in the Serie A with Milan should he take over.
The Gunners will be back in action, to confirm their spot in the round of 32, in the Europa League with a win on Thursday, against Sporting Lisbon.