Carlo ­Ancelotti the ‘wrong choice’ to replace Freddie Ljungberg, says Arsenal hero Alan Smith

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Dec 2019 10:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Alan Smith says Ancelotti is the ‘wrong choice’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Despite his success in Europe, Ancelotti would be the ‘wrong choice’ for Arsenal, according to club legend Smith, who instead believes the Gunners should target Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal cannot lean on a solid rearguard, and that obvious lack of resilience and organisation makes the task so much harder for the new man,’ Smith told the Evening Standard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That’s why I repeat my firm belief that the situation demands an innovative, inspirational coach, someone with the ability to quickly instil a decisive vision and culture on the training ground that transfers to match days in a positive way.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘For me, someone like Carlo ­Ancelotti would be the wrong choice.‘As successful as the Italian has been, he’s more of an old-school manager who steadies the ship through clever man-management. Arsenal’s predicament has moved beyond that.‘It requires a tough visionary who can grab hold of this squad and fashion a way of playing that, in the short term, will achieve better results by making the team harder to play against. Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a move to Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith says Arsenal need to appoint an ‘innovative and inspirational’ manager and has urged his former club against targeting Carlo ­Ancelotti.Ancelotti, 60, has emerged as a candidate to join the Gunners following Unai Emery‘s sacking at the end of last month.The Italian, who was axed by Napoli last week, has won three Champions Leagues and domestic titles in England, Italy, France and Germany. Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘I said it last week and I’ll say it again. Mikel Arteta has what it takes. I just hope that the Arsenal board feel the same way.’Freddie Ljungberg has endured a mixed start to his managerial career at the Emirates and Arsenal sit ninth in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with defending champions Manchester City.The Gunners have won just five of their 16 league games this season but beat London rivals West Ham on Monday evening.MORE: Martin Keown hails Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and slams ‘lucky’ Freddie LjungbergMORE: Napoli to submit £21m transfer offer for Lucas Torreira if Arsenal reject loan deal Commentcenter_img Carlo ­Ancelotti the ‘wrong choice’ to replace Freddie Ljungberg, says Arsenal hero Alan Smith Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Champions League last 16 fixtures

first_imgLyon (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) v Leipzig (GER)Napoli (ITA) v Barcelona (ESP)— First legs to be played on February 18/19/25/26— Second legs scheduled for March 10/11/17/18 Nyon, Switzerland | AFP | Full draw for the Champions League last 16 made on Monday:Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Real Madrid (ESP) v Manchester City (ENG)Atalanta (ITA) v Valencia (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)Chelsea (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER) Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img PHOTO via @ChampionsLeaguelast_img read more

LeBron still No. 1 with NBA’s most-popular jersey

first_imgMiami Heat’s LeBron James, right, reacts as he talks with official Michael Smith during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Pacers 98-86. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James’ jersey remains the most popular in the NBA.The league announced Thursday that the Miami Heat star topped the list of jersey sales in the NBA for the sixth time. With teammate Dwyane Wade — whose jersey number hasn’t changed in 11 years — at No. 7, the Heat also had the top spot on the team-merchandise sales list.“It means a lot to know that I have so many fans that want to wear my jersey because they respect the way I play the game and respect who I am as a man,” James said. “Thanks so much to all that ‘Strive for Greatness.’”Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City is No. 2 on the list, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and New York’s Carmelo Anthony.Wade was next, followed by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Houston’s James Harden, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Boston’s Rajon Rondo, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Indiana’s Paul George.It was Duncan’s first appearance on the season-ending list since 2007.Following the two-time defending champion Heat on the team-merchandise sales list were the Lakers, Bulls, Thunder and Knicks.The NBA based the rankings on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the season. The league’s playoffs begin Saturday.last_img read more