Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been advised to snub any potential Arsenal offer that may come if current manager Mikel Arteta is sacked amid increasing pressure.
Arteta is under ever-increasing scrutiny after his Gunners side fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of the current Premier League champions at the weekend.
Arsenal are now rock bottom of the league after three games, with zero points gained and no goals scored, leaving them on a shocking -9 goal difference.
As a result of deficiencies at the back and up front, the pressure is increasing on Arteta. Fixtures against Norwich City and Burnley after the international break could be crucial before the north London derby against Spurs at the end of September.
Amid the poor start that has so far unfolded at the north London club at the start of the 2021/22 campaign, one name in particular has been demanded by Arsenal fans to take the reins from Arteta.
That man is Antonio Conte. His stints in England with Chelsea and most recently back in Italy with Inter Milan have demonstrated the Italian’s ability to solidify a leaky defence and transform a starting XI into a title-winning side.
That is something fans of the club have demanded since their last Premier League title win back in 2004 with the famous Invincibles side.
Despite the pedigree the ex-Blues boss possess, former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell has warned the former Italy manager about the magnitude of the task ahead of him if he were to take on such a big challenge.
He told Sky Sports: “If Mikel Arteta gets the sack, which big-name manager is going to put his reputation on the line and have no significant funds to go and change what he’s seeing?
“If you back him, Arsenal with all their players fit will be okay.
“But if I’m Antonio Conte and I’m looking at that yesterday, I wouldn’t go anywhere near it. Let’s be honest, I wouldn’t go anywhere near it. Because it’s the basics. They’re getting the basics wrong.
“And if you can’t do the basics as a professional footballer…
“The manager can prepare you as much as he wants for a game. Once you cross that [line], it’s your job. You can’t let [Ilkay] Gundogan beat you at the back post.
“It’s not up to the manager to go and press people and stay on your feet and communicate and be hard to beat.”
Arteta delivered the FA Cup within months of being appointed and added the Community Shield shortly after, which made for an excellent start to his Arsenal managerial career.
However, since then the Gunners have struggled and pressure is mounting with fans’ displeasure at the situation growing with every game.
Source by Football London