Ashley Cole rubbishes Carlo Ancelotti to Arsenal claim as club consider appointing Italian

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The Italian is one of the frontrunners to take charge of Arsenal.

Ashley Cole insists Carlo Ancelotti wouldn’t be taking a step down by taking charge of Arsenal. The Italian is on the north Londoners’ radar to replace Unai Emery, whom they sacked as manager late last month, despite being axed by Italian giants Napoli earlier this week.

It has been reported the Gunners – who are currently toiling in ninth place in the Premier League table – plan on holding talks with the former PSG and Real Madrid boss in the coming days.

Ancelotti’s potential appointment as Arsenal manager has divided opinion, with many believing the veteran coach deserves a more prestigious job.

Former Arsenal defender Cole – who played under the 60-year-old during his time at Chelsea – insists the Gunners job is still a sought-after one and that Ancelotti wouldn’t be taking a step backwards by taking charge of the club.

“No, I don’t think Arsenal is step down for any manager,” Cole said during an appearance on talkSPORT. “It’s still a big club.

“Yes, they haven’t won a lot in recent seasons but, I wouldn’t say the whole squad, but their starting XI is definitely good enough.

“They’ve got the attacking threat, they just need to address the defence and get more of a structure and a philosophy on how to play with the ball and without the ball.

“And I think Carlo would definitely do a great job there.”

Cole believes Ancelotti is just what Arsenal need at this moment in time and reckons his appointment would unite the squad.

When asked what his former manager would bring to Arsenal, Cole said: “Togetherness.

“I’ve spoken about him a lot, about how good he was on the pitch but also in terms on being a friend and being someone who is not always serious.

“When you go out on the training pitch you have to have a laugh.

“You have to enjoy what you’re doing and he brought that in training sessions, but then when we went to games he’d also give you that love, that push and the understanding of what I means to win games.

“He’s won so much in his career with Milan as a player and of course as a coach, he’s someone who when he talks everyone listens.

“I think it would be great if he went to Arsenal.”

Arsenal – who are currently under the temporary stewardship of Freddie Ljungberg – will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, welcoming defending Premier League champions Manchester City to the Emirates.

I think Carlo would definitely do a great job there.

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