Ray Parlour fears Arsenal board is making a mistake with Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with the Arsenal manager's job after he was sacked by Napoli
Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with the Arsenal manager’s job after he was sacked by Napoli (Picture: Getty)

Ray Parlour believes Arsenal’s board is making a mistake by ignoring the managerial credentials of Carlo Ancelotti.

The Gunners are undertaking an exhaustive and thorough search for Unai Emery’s permanent successor after the Spaniard was sacked last month following a disastrous run of results.

Ancelotti, who boasts a wealth of experience and won the Premier League and FA Cup double during his first season at Chelsea, is currently out of work after he was dismissed by Napoli this earlier week but Arsenal are not believed to be considering the 60-year-old as a viable option.

Mikel Arteta is said to remain Arsenal’s No.1 target, while Freddie Ljungberg, who has been installed as an interim replacement for Emery, could hold the fort until the summer if the current Manchester City No.2 does not want to leave the Premier League champions until the summer.

Parlour, however, believes Ancelotti’s experience is exactly what an under-performing Arsenal squad requires at this point, despite Monday’s morale-boosting win over West Ham.

Freddie Ljungberg celebrated his first win as Arsenal's interim manager on Monday
Freddie Ljungberg celebrated his first win as Arsenal’s interim manager on Monday (Picture: Getty)

He told talkSPORT: ‘I think they need a bit of experience to shake this squad up and try and get them defending better as a team and get them organised.

‘He’s available & he knows the Premier League very well. Sometimes you’ve got to move quickly with manager.’

Arsenal face Standard Liege in the Euoropa League this evening needing to avoid a five-goal defeat in order to progress to the knockout stages.

‘I have been asked these questions a lot since I took this over,’ said Ljungberg when asked if Ancelotti’s sudden availability was unsettling to him.

‘I try just to concentrate on my job and that is to try to win football games and to get us to play better football.

‘What the club decides to do or who they choose is totally up to them. I stay totally out of it.’

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