Gossip: Conte to Arsenal and Wenger to PSG

Talk about Arsene Wenger's future continues, despite him breaking the Arsenal transfer record.

Arsene Wenger has come in for so much criticism of late, you could hardly blame him if he did decide at any point to walk away. Except now.

After signing Mesut Ozil, Arsenal are in arguably the most positive moment since their 2006 Champions League Final appearance, with players and fans believing anything is possible.

And yet questions over the manager's future still remain.

Italian website Sportsmediaset speculate that Wenger will join PSG next summer, and his replacement could be Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

Conte pledged his future to Juventus last year, but his contract expires in 2015 and there are already grumblings of discontent on his part with the club's hierarchy.

Arsenal are specifically picked out in the report, the only club named, as a 'believable' destination for the Italian next summer, who does not appear to want to enter international management.

The report is just gossip. At least it seems so at this stage, with no credible sources to suggest Arsenal are interested in Conte nor that Wenger is leaving.

But it does point to an important issue Arsenal need to address: Arsene Wenger's contract.

Wenger's deal runs out next summer, and the chances are highly likely that he will be approached by PSG, regardless of the fact they have just appointed Laurent Blanc.

Wenger can nip all of this in the bud by signing a new deal if one is offered to him, and this is something he and the board need to agree on.

While the club are in a positive moment now, Wenger's future will no doubt be used against him when Arsenal inevitably as all teams do over the course of the season, suffer a bad run of results.

Wenger has given the team clear direction with the signing of Ozil, and tying down several young players to long-term contracts, so he needs to show that he is going to be a part of the future too.

Some fans may say it's too early, judge it at the end of the season and see if he has brought silverware to the club, but the problem is the uncertainty can become a hinderance over the course of the season.

If reports such as the one which has come out in Italy overnight are appearing as early as September, you can expect the speculation to only grow over the course of the season.

What should Arsenal do about Wenger's contract? Would Conte be a good replacement?

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