Ancelotti’s success at Paris Saint-Germain means he’s in line for one of the biggest jobs in world football now that Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will be leaving Real Madrid this summer.
The former Chelsea boss was a regular foe of the Gunners during his time at Stamford Bridge and he could soon find himself with the chance to make life very difficult for the Gunners.
Arsenal’s attack have shared the goals around admirably over the course of the season, but they have lacked a Robin van Persie figure who can net the club an extremely high goal rate.
Gonzalo Higuain could be that man but only if a £19 million deal is allowed to go through by the new incoming Real Madrid manager.
If it is Ancelotti then his decision to do just that wouldn’t be born out of any malice towards Arsenal, it would be a logical decision to keep a very talented striker at the Spanish club.
Higuain certainly has the potential to score a similar level of goals at Arsenal as van Persie did before he was sold to Manchester United so the temptation is there if Wenger wants to splash some cash at long last.
The Argentinian striker has not been first choice at the Spanish club which means Ancelotti would have an instant problem of pacifying him as soon as he set foot through the front door of the Bernabeau.
The natural reaction for any top quality striker in that sort of situation is to want away to a club where you are going to be unrivalled in your position and the main man in the biggest competitions.
That could work in Arsenal’s favour unless Ancelotti gives Higuain the assurances that he will be used alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and ahead of Karim Benzema in the attack on a regular basis.
He’s also a more skilful version of the goal poaching Filippo Inzaghi, who was a key player for Ancelotti during his time at AC Milan.
Real Madrid are a club filled with players who can play beautiful football and create and score wonderful goals, which makes it more important for the Italian to try and hang onto the sort of player who can win the ugly games and do anything to get the ball over the line.
Arsene Wenger was keeping an eye on Higuain way back in the mid-2000s when he was playing for River Plate so he will be very keen to finally get him to his club and build a side around him.
However, Ancelotti is not an idiot. You don’t have his success without being able to recognise the key components you need in a title and cup winning team and Higuain can undoubtedly be classed as a key component at Real Madrid.
Do you expect Ancelotti to stop Higuain leaving?
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