Arsenal are making serious preparation for a new manager because it is possible Arsene Wenger will be leaving this summer and they consider  Carlo Ancelotti as a serious candidate to replace him. Wenger prevailed the pressure from a section of fans to agree a two-year deal at the end of last season but his position will be reviewed in May.
Although no final decision has yet been taken, with many depending on Arsenal’s fortunes during the second half of the campaign, so Wenger could stay on until 2019. However, Standard Sport understands senior figures at the club believe the 68-year-old’s time in charge may end earlier and there is a sense behind the scenes he could give serious consideration to cutting short his contract. It is believed the club are therefore more relaxed over Wenger’s future than in previous years and see Ancelotti as having sufficient gravitas and experience to steer the club forward. He also has extensive experience working as a head coach in this more continental structure, having done so at Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris St Germain.
Arsenal fans may have expected more visible alterations to the set-up at the club when chief executive Ivan Gazidis claimed last season’s nadir in form and morale was a “catalyst for change” but several backroom staff alterations have been made to ensure an infrastructure exists that is not solely dependent on the manager. Wenger continues to have the final say on transfers but Sven Mislintat has replaced the Frenchman’s long-time acolyte, Steve Rowley, to head up recruitment, while Raul Sanllehi will join the club from Barcelona as head of football relations on February 1.
Wenger had to acquiesce to the changes as part of the agreement to stay on but the appointments have led to tensions over the precise roles each member has. Gazidis has acknowledged how dependent the Arsenal hierarchy are on Wenger’s football expertise and sought to bring in fresh voices to help with areas such as player contracts and medical operations.Ancelotti is moving back to London with his family next month after leaving Germany following his sacking at Bayern in September.

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