Have Arsenal lined up replacement for Arsene Wenger?

Arsene Wenger

Italian press report rumours circulating about a possible move for the Juventus manager by Arsenal if Arsene Wenger leaves this year.

In a shock move Arsenal could be looking to replace manager Arsene Wenger with Juventus head coach - Antonio Conte, but only if the Frenchman decides to leave the Emirates at the end if the season.

Wenger has come under much scrutiny after failing to bring a trophy to the North London club in the last seven seasons and much comment was made about his transfer policy, before he broke the club record when landing Germany's Mesut Ozil for £42million in the summer.

Whilst results have been far more satisfying for the Arsenal faithful in the last few weeks, six wins from six in all competitions, the pressure has been building on the manager to win honours, indeed he was talked of in the 'first manager to be sacked' category, after his side's opening day defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, a result which now seems a distant memory and is indeed the only black mark on an otherwise perfect start.

Wenger signed as manager of the Gunners in 1996 and led them during their most successful period, winning the league on three occasions and the FA Cup four times, whilst also taking them to the final of the Champions League in 2006.

The talk of a possible pursuit of Conte is a strange one, true his contract is up in 2015, but he is a dedicated fan, member and fan favourite of all associated with Juventus FC, meaning he might not walk.

The news of a possible move was reported by, Italian Publication, Corriere Della Sport and they said rumours were circulating that whilst the Italian club are keen to keep hold of a club legend, (Conte made 419 appearances for the 'Old Lady' scoring 44 goals as a midfielder) the urgings of Premier League football may be too great.

What do Arsenal fans think, is Wenger's time up and if so will Conte be a good replacement?

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