Last summer, Arsene Wenger stepped down as Arsenal manager after being at the helm for more than two decades.

The Gunners appointed Unai Emery as his successor and the Spaniard has guided the north London club to sit fourth in the table with 60 points after 31 matches. He has also helped his side to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they will face Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as manager of the Serie A club, but he could have been in charge at the Emirates Stadium if the Premier League club had taken the advice from their legendary manager Wenger.

Rai journalist Ciro Venerato was a guest on TV Luna’s ‘Goal Show’ and CalcioNapoli24 have relayed he comments, in which he revealed the former Chelsea manager was willing to take the Arsenal job.

“Arsenal-Napoli? 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 explained.

“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 did not forget that Arsenal rejected him.”

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Ancelotti will get an opportunity to take his revenge by helping Napoli eliminate Arsenal from the Europa League this season.