Antonio Conte to Arsenal is a rumour that isn’t going to go away for a while. And why would it?
Despite being a huge club, Arsenal are rock bottom of the Premier League table after losing all three of their games so far, scoring none and conceding no fewer than nine goals.
The Gunners are, quite frankly, a mess of a club right now and with a star-studded name like Antonio Conte currently available, of course there’s going to be speculation.
The Telegraph reported a few weeks ago that the Emirates Stadium club were ‘likely’ to make a move for the out-of-work Italian, who won a Serie A title with Inter Milan last summer before leaving San Siro.
There’s been a little bit more chatter over the past 48 hours and Italian journalist Gabriele Marcotti has dropped a number of interesting claims on this front.
Marcotti has revealed ‘several people’ have told him that intermediaries of Conte have approached Arsenal to gauge the interest of them potentially hiring the former Chelsea boss, who won a Premier League crown during his time at Chelsea in 2017.
And although the Gunners aren’t interested as of this very moment, Marcotti claims that Conte himself might well be enticed by the idea of joining them.
He told ESPN: “There’s no question in my mind – in fact several people have suggested to me – that Arsenal have been approached by intermediaries, just incase they decide to despatch Arteta. Equally, Arsenal aren’t entertaining that notion for the time being, but there’s no doubt Conte wants to get back in the game. The Premier League has a tonne of appeal, especially a big London club like Arsenal.”
If Marcotti is right, and Conte would be interested in Arsenal, then it’s ever so exciting and they cannot let this opportunity pass them by.
Arteta, in his first managerial role, is quite clearly out of his depth and it is creating an atmosphere whereby the supporters are growing apathetic to the state of affairs.
And that’s a big problem because it’s been three years since Arsene Wenger left and Arsenal should be back in the Champions League by now.
The fact that they’re bottom of the table is an issue and not only would a world-class figure Conte unite the playing staff, because he demands and commands a hell of a lot of respect, but he would also reinvigorate interest on the terraces and that can be equally as important.