Arsenal’s start to the 2021/22 Premier League season has been far from ideal.
The Gunners sit rock-bottom of the league table after their opening three games, with no points to their name and a -9 goal difference.
Mikel Arteta has somewhat inevitably come under pressure following the side’s start to the campaign and numerous names have been linked with taking over from the 39-year-old should he depart.
One of the names being linked with a move to Arsenal is former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan over the summer despite winning the 2020/21 Serie A title with the Italian club.
Conte reportedly had a falling out with Inter’s hierarchy over their plans to sell some of their key players due to financial issues at the San Siro.
So, with someone of the Italian’s pedigree without a job at the moment, the links to Arsenal do make sense. Some of the Gunners’ fan base have already made their feelings on appointing Conte perfectly clear.
If he does replace Arteta, though, it could be bad news for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Arsenal captain was linked with a move to Chelsea, who were then managed by Conte, back in 2017, when he was plying his trade at Borussia Dortmund, but the Blues were warned over signing the Gabon striker as he would not suit Italian coach’s style of play.
Italian football expert Gabriele Marcotti, when speaking to ESPN FC, via the Express, in 2017, said: “I don’t know if it is that his stock has dropped.
“I think it’s just because they have slapped an enormous price tag on him.
“I think he could come back into the reckoning. I don’t know if he’s a great fit for Chelsea and what Conte wants out of his centre forward.
“I think that would be the main caveat there.”
There are no indications just yet that Arsenal are considering sacking Arteta, and the manager has recently received the backing of the club’s technical director Edu, who called for patience from supporters.
Speaking to Sky Sports last week, the Brazilian said: “I respect all the pressure [on Arteta]. I came in from Corinthians and then the Brazilian national team where there is unbelievable pressure, just as here.
“I understand the fans. I understand the reason and I accept that, but we will need a bit of time to do what we plan to do.
“I know this type of work, when we are talking about signings, and needing patience hurts Arsenal fans a lot, but it is the reality.
“That’s why when I say to you we have to create a good foundation and to create a good foundation you need time.”
Source by Football London