He may have guided Leicester City to the Premier League title the season before last, but Claudio Ranieri has left many Arsenal fans in a panic.
That’s because the Italian tactician was spotted in the stands at the Emirates on Sunday, during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Stoke City.
Given that it’s just a matter of days since Arsene Wenger announced that he would be stepping down as Gunners boss at the end of the season, it naturally led to plenty of speculation over a possibility that Ranieri could be a candidate to step in.
There has been no official word to legitimise the link, but as noted in the tweets below, it may not be the most popular of appointments if it were to materialise.
In his defence, Ranieri boasts plenty of experience at the highest level, having enjoyed stints in charge of Chelsea, Juventus, Inter, Roma and Valencia, while he’s currently Nantes boss.
His title success with Leicester was undoubtedly special though, going against the odds to finish above the Premier League giants behind them to secure a memorable piece of football history.
However, for these fans, it’s not enough to convince them that he would be a sensible appointment to fill the void left behind by Wenger at the end of the season. Perhaps it was a mere coincidence, or a spot of enjoyment for the veteran tactician to take in some Premier League football on his day off…
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Reinieri viendo al Arsenal
La presencia del técnico italiano Claudio Ranieri llamó mucho la atención de los medios hoy en el partido del Arsenal ante el West Ham.
¿Será uno de los candidatos a dirigir a los “Gunners” la próxima temporada? pic.twitter.com/VB7U0Ne0NA
— Deportes TVC (@DeportesTVC) April 22, 2018
Claudio Ranieri at the #Arsenal match… Stay away please Clownio
— Booker M (@afro_gooner) April 22, 2018
Claudio Ranieri in the stadium?????
— Yusuf Dikko (@abbaadikko) April 22, 2018
What is Claudio Ranieri doing at our game.? He musn’t get any ideas pls
— MerciArsène ?? (@iccy_isak) April 22, 2018
— arsenal-talk (@gunners4all) April 22, 2018
— TDB (@TDB1726) April 22, 2018
Ranieri at the Arsenal game? I wonder why ?
— AubamaBLUDCLARTyang (@Aubameyang____) April 22, 2018
Claudio Ranieri in stands watching Arsenal. He wants that job!
— One Love Arsenal (@1LoveArsenal) April 22, 2018
Claudio Ranieri turned out at the Emirates. Mans tryna get a job on some “look at me, I did it with no budget” ??
— Tyson (@TysonTheAnswer) April 22, 2018
Wtf was ranieri doing at the Emirates. If they even consider him.?
— O.G (@iceman1207) April 22, 2018
Seeing Ranieri at the Emirates is scary… he won the league with Leicester but no guys… might as well bring Wenger back
— Aitch?? (@I_am_GeorgeSy) April 22, 2018