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What to expect with Max Allegri at Arsenal?

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Arsenal’s form under Freddie Ljungberg has not improved and it looks likely that Massimiliano Allegri will take over sooner rather than later.

Manchester United was Massimiliano Allegri first choice. He was in the running to take over when Jose Mourinho was ousted. The former AC Milan manager did not want to leave Juventus in the middle of season and passed up the opportunity.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in, giving a decent account of his abilities in eleven months at the Old Trafford hot seat.

In London, the other dominant Premier League club of last four decades, Arsenal, are in need of an experienced manager. The club are struggling and Allegri is in contention for the job after leaving the Old Lady in summer.

He seems to be a shoe in for Arsenal, with bookmakers favoring his appointment over Mikel Arteta’s return to the Emirates Stadium. The 52 year old will be a good fit, and his playing style matching the expectations in North London.

Gunners have fast attackers in their ranks who can hit any team on the counter. Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe, everyone of them possess express pace.

And in Mesut Ozil, Allegri will have the perfect puppet master. The German international has been a beleaguered presence under Emery but there have never been question marks about his abilities.

Counter attacking football

Allegri can exploit these natural skills for the vertical counter attacking football he claims to be a student off. It is the perfect antidote to pressure based possession systems of Manchester City, Liverpool and now Chelsea.

“I’m seeing a great return for the counterattack,” he said while talking to Corriere della Sera.

“I saw the games of Sacchi 20 times. I remember the one at San Siro in which Milan scored five goals against Real [Madrid]. They played direct. It was a vertical Milan, counterattacking, which is not easy to do,” the Italian tactician added.

“But when you manage it, it’s a great spectacle.”

Allegri’s five time Serie A winning Juventus was built on a solid defensive line. And he will want defensive reinforcements, and the Gunners have shown a dislike to strengthen that department with smart purchases.

Emery’s departure and Ljungberg’s appointment have shown Arsenal have issues at the back. The club concede without fail, putting their attackers under immense pressure. Their defeat to Brighton epitomizes this.

The former Juventus manager believes in his ideology and his presence can make Arsenal a force to reckon with. But the Londoners will have to splash the cash with him. Allegri will not come, neither will his recommendations.