Darren Bent says that Everton appointing Carlo Ancelotti is a “slap in the face” for Arsenal after the Gunners’ own managerial hunt.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker, who is a boyhood Arsenal fan, insists the Italian boss is someone the north London giants should have moved for.

While the Toffees appointed a tried and tested manager in Ancelotti, the Gunners replaced former head coach Unai Emery with ex-player Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard taking on his first manager’s job.

Having seen the Toffees announce Ancelotti before the 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, Bent says it is a little embarrassing for a team of the Gunners’ calibre.

“I think it’s a real slap in the face for Arsenal, a club like Arsenal, to let Everton come in and get a manager like that,” Bent told Football Insider.

“I’m a little bit worried about it but at the end of the day, people have got to start somewhere. I would have preferred it to be an Ancelotti or an Allegri, someone who’s done it before walking through the door.

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“It’s one of those things, as an Arsenal fan, you have to just grin and bear it.” 

After hanging up his boots as a player, Arteta joined the coaching staff at Manchester City, becoming a vital member of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team at the Etihad Stadium.

While the Spaniard is embarking on his first managerial job, Everton are Ancelotti’s 10th club, the 60-year-old with over 1,100 games under his belt.

In other Arsenal news, Paul Robinson says an “outstanding” youngster will flourish under Arteta.