Arsenal ‘contacted’ potential Mikel Arteta replacement before Burnley defeat

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta appears on borrowed time at the club following another lacklustre defeat at the Emirates over the weekend.

And former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has already been contacted, according to reports in Italy.

The 1-0 loss to Burnley, mainly down to a moment of madness from the sent off Granit Xhaka, means Arteta is on the brink after four consecutive league defeats on home soil.

Speculation has now turned to who replaces the Spaniard at Arsenal should he get the boot.

Italian outlet CalcioMercato report Gunners chief Edu already has his eye on Allegri, who has already been contacted by the north London outfit in recent weeks.

The 53-year-old has reportedly been offered the chance to get to know the Arsenal squad in the coming months before being given competition objectives next season.

Allegri has been out of work since leaving Juventus in 2019 after winning five successive Serie A titles.

The Turin legend has been regularly linked with a move to England, despite not being able to speak the language.

Allegri is clearly itching to return to management and has been learning the language in recent months.

“In September I need to come back. If I don’t I’ll get too used to being on holiday and I’ll never work again!" he said back in February.

“I still have three more months of holiday and that’s good for me.

“I won’t speak about my future, because there isn’t anything to talk about for now, and also because it would be disrespectful to the other coaches to do so.

“I learn English for my personal culture, because when I go I can’t communicate."

A different Italian was tentatively linked with Arsenal last month in the form of another ex-Juventus manager.

Maurizio Sarri is the 'first name on the list' of potential replacements for Arteta at Arsenal, according to Italian outlet StadioSport.

The ex-Chelsea boss only lasted one season at Stamford Bridge, where he finished third and won the Europa League, beating Arsenal in the final.

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