Antonio Conte is not the answer to Arsenal's problems: TBR View
Under Mikel Arteta there are clearly problems at Arsenal.
The Spanish manager has struggled at The Emirates, failing to secure European football last season.
That failure has been compounded by the fact that the Gunners are bottom of the league with three defeats from three at the start of this season.
As is the norm in football, this form from the Gunners has got fans, pundits and journalists alike speculating over who could be the next Arsenal manager.
With that in mind, Gabriele Marcotti of ESPN has claimed that intermediaries have spoken to Arsenal about the availability of Antonio Conte.
While Conte may be a serial winner, having most recently restored Inter Milan as Serie A champions last season, his explosive nature would be too much for Arsenal.
It is well documented that he burnt his bridges in his time at Chelsea.
The Italian fell out with Diego Costa, Willian and David Luiz, as well as having a rocky relationship with the board after just one season in charge (Evening Standard).
Even over the summer at Inter Milan, Conte walked away off the back of winning Serie A as a result of the club’s financial situation, instead of sticking around to try and tough out another title challenge (Guardian).
Back in June, Conte was supposedly close to being named as the new Tottenham manager but pulled out at the last minute (Football.London).
Given all of these past events, it would be an incredibly risky move for Arsenal to approach Conte.
The Italian has won trophies everywhere he’s been. But he has never taken on a club in a position as fragile as the one that Arsenal are in.
The Gunners look to be building through youth and Arteta, while he may not be delivering on-pitch results just yet, is certainly planning for the club’s long-term future.
If Conte was to come to the club, there are no guarantees that he would be able to win silverware.
The sad truth is that the calibre of players at the club compared to those he’s coached at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter just isn’t the same.
Then there is the small matter of the state he would leave the club in.
If the 51-year-old was to come in and have a shake up at The Emirates, he could walk out at any given time if the board deny him funds or a signing, and that could leave Arsenal in an even worse position.
Unfortunately, Conte is more of a luxury manager than anything else and, at this point, Arsenal can’t afford that risk.
What the Gunners need more than anything is stability.
Whether that stability is with Arteta in charge, or with another manager who can build some foundations at The Emirates, is undetermined.
Yet before a Conte-like figure can come in, Arsenal need the ground works underneath them for someone of his ilk to come in and build on the good work already done.
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