When Antonio Conte’s Arsenal contact was turned down as manager links continue

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Antonio Conte is a name strongly doing the rounds among the Arsenal fanbase and rumour pages amid a poor start to the season from the Gunners.

The Italian, who is currently out of work after leading Inter Milan to the Serie A title, has been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium as the pressure continues to crank up on current head coach Mikel Arteta.

Indeed, Conte has been in charge of London rivals Chelsea in the past, leading the Blues to the Premier League crown in 2017 before following that up with an FA Cup.

He could even have returned earlier this summer, having been in the frame for the Tottenham Hotspur job following the departure of Jose Mourinho.

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But that deal fell through and the Italian continues to look for his next opportunity in management.

After Arsenal’s dismal 5-0 drubbing away to Manchester City before the international break, fans flocked to social media to call for Conte to take charge at the Emirates Stadium.

He is a man who knows English football and Arsenal well from his time here, although Conte has also previously revealed he contacted the Gunners over a potential watching brief under Arsene Wenger but did not get in.

Conte intended to travel to the capital a few years earlier – in 2015 – having been in touch with Arsenal to potentially watch then-boss Wenger at work on the training pitch but was turned away.

Speaking in May 2017, Conte said: “I tried to contact Arsenal during my experience in England when I visited, Tottenham, West Ham and Chelsea, but they were very busy.

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“I saw the game they lost against Monaco at home in the Champions League [3-1 in February 2015], but I didn’t have the opportunity to see Wenger to train, it wasn’t possible. I would have liked but it wasn’t possible.”

Conte was relieved of his Chelsea duties only shortly after claiming the FA Cup – his second piece of silverware in as many seasons in charge.

Since then, he has spent time back in his homeland with Inter Milan, masterminding a run to the Europa League final before ending their barren run of Serie A titles.

Source by Football London

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