Arsenal ‘considering’ ex-Chelsea boss Conte to replace Arteta amid dismal start

Conte has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan after winning Serie A last season and has been tipped to replace Arteta following Arsenal’s two losses to begin the new Premier League season

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“Hopefully things will get better” – Arteta on Chelsea defeat

Arsenal are reportedly considering Antonio Conte as Mikel Arteta’s replacement if the Gunners’ dismal start to the new season continues.

The Gunners have lost 2-0 in both of their Premier League games, against newly-promoted Brentford and London rivals Chelsea respectively.

Arteta is under pressure to improve results over the next five top-flight matches before the second international break in October, according to the Telegraph.

Ex-Chelsea boss Conte has been out of work since May, having led Inter Milan to a first Serie A title in 11 years.

The Italian departed after just two years in charge amid financial uncertainty and was in talks with Tottenham Hotspur for their vacant post before negotiations broke down.

Antonio Conte is reportedly being considered for the to replace Mikel Arteta at Arsenal


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Following the defeat to the Blues, Arteta praised the supporters inside the Emirates as they were “trying to give the players a boost.”

Asked about the negative reaction from the fans, the Spanish boss added: “I see a lot of positives with the crowd and the team today.

“At the end I didn’t see any bad reaction with any of the players. But that is my opinion.”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright said he was “frightened” by Arteta’s tactics, having asked if they had improved on their opening game loss.

“No they didn’t, especially coming off of the Brentford game which was really quite disappointing,” Wright said while on punditry duty for Match of the Day 2.

“Brentford… we know what they are coming from, we know what they are going to be like, it looked like we weren’t prepared for them.

“When you looked at the way that Chelsea played us today and the way Lukaku played, either they are not prepared, they are not listening, or they can’t perform what he wants them to do.

Mikel Arteta has suffered 20 losses in 60 Premier League games


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He added: “What I saw today, apart from Lokonga, I thought he was very good today, [Nicolas] Pepe did a bit in places, I thought we looked really bereft of anything that we were doing.

“I don’t know what the tactics were. Because when you look how easily they were able to breach. For me it was quite frightening.”

Arteta pointed out the impact of a Covid-19 outbreak on his squad, saying: “It’s really challenging at the moment.

“We’re missing nine players, and the majority of them are big senior players. It’s what we have.

“We put a team out there that will probably be unprecedented in the history of this football club.

“But credit to the boys, how they’re trying the passion that they tried to bring to the team.”

Arteta continued: “They are playing with a lot of courage in this situation which is tough when you know the highlights are on you.

“They are trying their best but at the moment it’s not enough to win football matches.”

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