Arsene Wenger indicated to Arsenal’s board that Carlo Ancelotti was his preferred choice to succeed him as the head coach, according to reports in Italy.
The Frenchman called time on his 22-year reign at the end of last season and former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery was appointed as his successor in the summer.
But according to Rai Sports, Carlo Ancelotti was open to joining Arsenal and had backing from Arsene Wenger.
The Italian manager, meanwhile, is set to face Arsenal next month as his Napoli side will face the Premier League giants in the Europa League quarter-finals.
‘I’ll tell you a behind-the scenes story dating back to last summer when Arsene Wenger indicated Carlo Ancelotti as his possible heir and successor on the Arsenal bench,’ Venerato told TV Luna’s ‘Goal Show’.
‘Carlo Ancelotti, as you know, has a Canadian wife and the whole family lives in London. So he was interested. ‘Arsenal then chose Unai Emery and at that point Carlo Ancelotti signed for Napoli. ‘But he has not forgotten that Arsenal rejected him.’
Since the departure from Emirates Stadium Arsene Wenger has been linked with lots of club all around the continent with Paris Saint-Germain being desperate to lure the former Arsenal manager at Parc de Princes but the 69-year-old decided to take a rest.
Ligue 1 champions also offered the Frenchman the role of Sports director but they were handed a negative response from one of the best Premier League manager.