I think Ancelotti is close enough to Wenger to be a fitting replacement for him and not in a bad way. I think he’s calm and “classy” enough for Arsenal and tries to play football enough for Arsenal. He ticks a lot of boxes.
And I can see the board going for someone like him. It makes me laugh when people say shit like “cheap club will get Eddie Howe” to save money. If they have shown ONE thing over the last 10 years it’s that they’re happy to pay top rate for what they think is a good manager. That is clearly a position that they value and I think they’ll attempt to go reasonably big for Wenger’s first replacement.
And I say first replacement deliberately because football is different now. Coaches changing jobs every 2-4 years is normal, and at the end of that 2-4 year cycle we can’t be expecting to hire the finest coach in the world every time and I really doubt we’re going to be scouting the next big thing from abroad.
So I’ve no problem with Ancelotti being the first of our next 5 coaches in the next 10-20 years. Some of those 5 will be hits, some will likely be misses but we’re going to have to make those hires eventually. I think we all know we’re not going to get another Mugabe.