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Arsenal round-up: Allegri comments on rumours; Sanchez training ground bust-up; Redknapp on Spurs rivalry

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Arsenal round-up: Allegri comments on rumours; Sanchez training ground bust-up; Redknapp on Spurs rivalry

There have been claims that Max Allegri has agreed to take over from Arsene Wenger during the summer in recent days. However, the Italian has distanced himself from these rumours and stated that Juventus are the ones who will decide his future. Arsenal are believed to be searching for possible replacements for Wenger and Allegri would be the outstanding candidate, but according to him, there is nothing to the recent speculation.

“The rumours from England are not true. And I’m not the one to decide my future – Juventus will.

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“And if these rumours were true, Juventus would be the first to know and I haven’t talked to Juventus yet.”

This will be disappointing news for Arsenal fans, but hardly surprising. It is unlikely that the club will have approached anyone to replace Wenger considering that the Arsenal boss hasn’t decided that he is going yet. There is a contract on the table and it is possible that he will stay, despite the increasing pressure on him. Allegri would be the perfect replacement as he has experience of winning trophies and has a good track record in the Champions League. He is realistically the best manager that the club could attract, therefore they must do their all to get him if a managerial post opens up at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

It was an odd decision to bench Alexis Sanchez against Liverpool on Saturday and Wenger’s explanation for his choice wasn’t convincing. The Telegraph report that it came as a result of a training ground bust-up between the Chilean and his team-mates. He is believed to have walked out of a training session, which caused several of his team-mates to call him out on his recent behaviour. The report goes on to say that a lot of the players agreed with the decision to drop Sanchez at the weekend.

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This is a concerning report for the club as it suggests that Sanchez is on his way out of Arsenal. His team-mates are getting tired of his antics and to walk out on a training session shows a lack of respect. The relationship between the club and the Chilean is becoming strained, with the likely solution being that he leaves in the summer. This has been on the cards for a while, but this story confirms it. No player is bigger than the club and the Gunners might benefit from selling their top scorer at the end of the season. PSG are believed to be the favourites for his signature.

Tottenham managed to win again at the weekend and it is beginning to look likely that they will finish above their North London rivals Arsenal. They haven’t finished above the Gunners since 1995 and Jamie Redknapp believes that they have to come out on top in May.

“It does all point towards the Arsenal game and Tottenham now have a six-point gap, though Arsenal have a game in hand.

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“They are in better form than Arsenal and they have to make it their year to finish above them and exorcise all those demons that have been there for so long.”

It is equally as important to Arsenal, as it would be a huge blow for them to fall behind their local rivals this season. The supporters have criticised the club for their lack of ambition and it would be devastating if Tottenham were to surpass them. It would probably be the final nail in Arsene Wenger’s coffin and it would be a sad way for him to leave the club.

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