MAURIZIO SARRI could have been a name in the frame for Arsenal this summer.
Sarri takes charge of his first Premier League game as Chelsea manager today away at Huddersfield.
A little over 24 hours later Unai Emery gets underway as Gunners boss when defending champions Manchester City head to the Emirates.
And Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says Sarri should have been an option to replace Arsene Wenger at the club.
“This coach has been floating about for a few seasons,” he said of ex-Napoli man Sarri.
“Everybody has been pretty interested to see what he’d eventually do.
“I thought Arsenal would have been in for him too but I don’t know if negotiations went on.”
He added: “He likes the pressing game, Napoli improved vastly when he was there.”
“I think players who can pass a ball, with pace, first time, one touch, two touch, and get the thing going at a good pace, he likes that.
“That’s what he’ll work on.”
Sarri handed a debut to new Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium, just days after his £71m switch from Athletic Bilbao.
N’Golo Kante starts in midfield in place of the injured Cesc Fabregas.
Willian is also given the nod to play in attack, with Eden Hazard on the bench.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Barkley, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Morata, Pedro.
Subs: Hazard, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Moses, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen.