It’s only natural for Arsenal and Barcelona to clash
Heading into the summer, most expect there to be managerial vacancies at both Arsenal and Barcelona. As a result, it’s only natural they will battle over the same targets. It seems that Massimiliano Allegri has already caught the eye of both clubs.
Reports from Italy already claim that the former Juventus boss has emerged as the frontrunner for the potential vacancy in North London. It won’t be easy for Arsenal to complete a deal though. Barcelona’s involvement in the fray could prove to be a giant stumbling block for the Premier League club.
In fairness, both jobs have their pluses and minuses. Some candidates will perceive the Arsenal job as a bigger challenge. Whoever takes over in North London could have to manage significant roster turnover. The contracts of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are both ticking down. The identity of their next manager could go a long way towards determining whether or not they stay with the club.
It’s not as if the new Barcelona boss will inherit a perfect squad though. The Catalan giants will need an infusion of talent as well. In particular, the midfield will need a massive overhaul. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets can’t man the middle of the pitch forever. They will need young, talented replacements sooner rather than later.
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The upside to the Barcelona gig is that the attack won’t need much adjustment. Whoever takes over for Enrique will inherit an embarrassment of riches along the front line. The chance to manage Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will certainly attract a number of gaffers to the La Liga job.
The one real commonality between both positions will be the sky-high expectations of their fan bases. Both clubs have the resources to win, and win big. Neither club have enjoyed the sort of success they believe they deserve under their current managers. Their new bosses will come in with an immediate mandate to achieve huge success.
Arsenal and Barcelona both have managers at the moment, but that may only be a temporary issue for both clubs. If vacancies do emerge at both clubs, expect each to make a strong bid for Massimiliano Allegri.