"Roberto has plans to return to the Premier League," a long time friend of Mancini's told Tribalfootball.com this morning.
"He likes Arsenal. He thinks they're a great a club. I must say I believe Arsenal would be a top choice for him."
Never really considered him as a potential option nor would he be my first choice but he wouldn't necessarily be a bad option.
09-10 5th (took over from Hughes in December and they finished 10th the previous year)
10-11 3rd / FA cup winners (first full season in charge with his own signings)
11-12 BPL Champions
12-13 2nd / Community shield winners (sacked in may after losing the FA cup final to Wigan)
Mancini's time a city was fairly brief and from the time he took over their was a gradual improvement obviously his final season wasn't the best but runners up and loosing the FA cup final is hardly worthy of a sacking considering his two years before that were successful.
Only Ferguson, Mourinho and Ancelotti have a higher win percentage in the BPL.
If we can't bring in our first few options I wouldn't mind Mancini as an alternative he's perfectly capable of challenging for the title and other domestic cups and has a good record of signings during his time at city as most of them were good players.
Vieira, Johnson, Boateng, Toure, Silva, Kolarov, Balotelli, Milner, Dzeko, Clichy, Savic, Aguero, Nasri, Hargreaves, Pantilimon, Rodwell, Wright, Sinclair, Maicon, Nastasic, Garcia
Everyone who was signed by Mancini, some went on to be important plays and still are now, some of them like Boateng are doing well for other clubs and some were just injury prone like Hargreaves.
Anyway assuming we can't attract the likes of Simone, Bilic or Tuchel there's not really much left to choose from and I wouldn't mind Mancini as a possible option he'll bring the defensive stability we've needed for years and although his style of football is different to Wenger's at least we'd be challenging.