Ex Stamford Bridge boss eyes Emirates vacancy.
Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is contemplating a return to the Premier League and has identified Arsenal as his ideal job.
The 52-year-old was sacked at the end of last season by Blues owner Roman Abramovich after failing to win a trophy, despite winning the double in his first campaign.
There were rumours the Italian has been approached by the Gunners in the summer to join the club as a scout but he decided to take a year’s sabbatical.
But with Arsene Wenger coming under increasing pressure, Ancelotti has revealed he would jump at the chance to take over at the Emirates.
He is also looking at other potential jobs at Tottenham and Liverpool but insists he is no hurry to make a decision.
“I have a strong will to remain in England,” Ancelotti told Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “For a coach, this is the ideal country.
“But I would only consider top clubs, including Tottenham and Liverpool.
“It’s evident that Wenger’s bench is wobbling and that in several months’ time, an English coach will be appointed to replace (England manager Fabio) Capello in the national team, which will free up a place in a club.
“I am in no hurry, I promise. The fact that I’m not coaching does not cause me anguish. In fact, I am enjoying life.”
Returning to an English club would grant Ancelotti the opportunity once again to face Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson – for whom he has great respect.
“As time goes on, the more I fall in love with Ferguson,” Ancelotti said. “As a coach, he is unusual.
“It’s not as if he guides the training sessions because he delegates a lot and has an excellent staff.
“But he understands football like few do. With him, all the players improve. He has no fear of introducing youngsters.
“United play a European style of football, a modern style. But above all, Ferguson is a great person and he is humble.”