Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on the way out, and because of that, the rumours have begun regarding who will replace the Frenchman as manager. After more than two decades of the same man being in charge many fans are wondering whether or not the club will go for a different change of pace this time around, but if this specific man is put in charge, you could argue he’d implement the same kind of style that Wenger did for many years.
We are, of course, referring to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. The 48-year-old Italian has gone from hero to zero at Stamford Bridge in the span of just twelve months, which is something that happens so often to foreign managers coming over to English football. A lot of the backlash he’s received isn’t necessarily directly his fault, with issues stemming from transfers being pinpointed as a reason for his frustration.
Whichever way you look at it, the likelihood of him remaining in charge of the Blues when August rolls around isn’t great. Some have suggested he could move into international management, meanwhile, a handful of others believe that moving across London to the Emirates could be the way to go.
While it may be an interesting idea in principle, you’ve got to wonder whether or not the Arsenal faithful would accept such an idea. Not only would a rival manager be moving to their club, but he’d also be bringing a sour reputation with him. If he was coming off the back of a great season it wouldn’t be too bad, but in order for this year to even be considered ‘good’, they’ll probably need to win the FA Cup Final against Manchester United next month.
But even then, it’s a huge, huge risk. The uncertainty surrounding Conte is something that Arsenal just don’t need right now because instead, they need the closest thing they can get to being consistent and someone who can steady the ship. It’s probably going to take a few years for them to get back to the point of becoming title contenders again, which is a reality that the Gunners are going to have to face – and quickly.
Results would be expected immediately from Antonio Conte, and with all of the factors involved, we’d suggest that Arsenal look elsewhere.
Would you be a fan of Conte moving to Arsenal?