Arsene Wenger has served Arsenal in essence of over 20years and there has been clamour for the French tactician to give way to a younger manager.
MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI has given Arsenal three weeks to decide if they want him to replace Arsene Wenger.
The Juventus boss is top of the Gunners managerial hit list and is well aware of their interest.
And he has given the club until the end of the month to tell him whether or not Wenger will being leaving in the summer.
Juve want to tie the 49-year-old to a new deal – his current contract expires at the end of next season – and the Italian giants are putting pressure on him to sign.
Wenger’s continued refusal to say whether he is staying is clouding the issue of who will replace him if he does decide to walk away.
Allegri is the outstanding candidate, with the Gunners enticed by his stunning record in Serie A.
Juventus are currently eight points ahead of Roma as Allegri closes on a third successive league title.
Former midfielder Allegri is in a strong position given his name is also being linked with Barcelona, whose boss Luis Enrique is standing down this summer.
Paris St-Germain could also be looking for a new coach with Unai Emery under threat in his first season following the 6-1 humiliation at Barca on Wednesday, which saw them crash out of the Champions League after winning 4-0 at home.
Wenger is also believed to be interested in the PSG job if he decides to leave Arsenal and he has already turned down three offers from the French champions.
The uncertainty about Wenger is making it tough for the Gunners to negotiate with Allegri who has made it clear he is not prepared to be kept waiting much longer, especially with other inviting options available.
Wenger has claimed he will make up his mind whether to go this month or the next.
But Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick warned on Thursday that Wenger would not be making the decision on future alone, insisting it would be “mutual” and in the “best long-term interests” of the club.
Fans have started to turn on the 67-year-old with a protests before and after the Bayern game calling on him to go.
Another protest is scheduled ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final against Lincoln today, where anything but a convincing win will see the pressure on the Frenchman intensify.