The former Manchester City boss says he 'would have loved' to have been in Arsene Wenger's job.
It is amazing how things change in football - and how circumstances force managers to adapt.
At Manchester City, Roberto Mancini would have looked down at Arsenal on one or two occasions at least. The Premier League champions are known as the club that steal the Gunners' top talent - Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna and more.
But the days of Manchester City are long gone for Mancini and he has not quite hit that kind of managerial level since. The Italian enjoyed a spell at Galatasaray - where he fared much better than current boss Cesare Prandelli is doing.
'Enjoy' might not be a fitting word, however, as reports surfaced that the 49-year-old was unhappy in Turkey. He duly left and is now at Serie A club Inter, where he previously won multiple Italian league titles.
Now, Mancini claims he would have 'loved' to have managed Arsenal - and insists there is still plenty of time for him to do so in his career.
Is that a case of how the mighty have fallen? One suspects Mancini would never have come close to dreaming about the Gunners when he was at Manchester City...
“I would have loved to have managed Arsenal, a club with a special charm. But there is still time," the Italian is quoted as telling Corriere dello Sport.
“Where do I see myself at 60? As coach of the Italian national team.”