Arsenal-supporting pundit wants title-winning manager to replace Mikel Arteta
Darren Bent has admitted he would like to see Mikel Arteta leave Arsenal and be replaced by Antonio Conte.
Arteta, 39, has been in charge of the Gunners since 2019.
The Spanish boss has won both the FA Cup and Community Shield during his short managerial career. However, he’s just endured a horrible campaign.
Arsenal finished this season eighth in the Premier League table, meaning they have no European football next year.
Unfortunately, there has been no consistency in the team. The Europa League semi-final defeat to eventual winners Villarreal is the result that frustrates supporters most.
Arsenal-supporting pundit Bent claims the club should be looking to upgrade their manager.
He’s suggested Conte as someone he’d like to see at Arsenal, and he’s an available manager after his summer exit from Inter Milan. However, he’s realistic about the chances of that actually happening.
“Listen, I think we could get better [than Arteta] if I’m honest,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“Conte is probably someone where you go, ‘yeah, I wouldn’t mind him’, but I think he’d end up taking a bigger job because he’s a top manager.
“He won the league in England with Chelsea and then went back to Italy to win the league with Inter Milan, what would he come to Arsenal for? What are the benefits?”
Conte would elevate Arsenal
If Arsenal had Conte at the helm, there is every chance he could help transform them to their former glory.
The 51-year-old transformed a struggling Chelsea side back in the 2016/17 season to help them win the Premier League title.
He may have just left Inter by mutual consent a few days ago, but leaves after just winning the Serie A league title.
It looks like Arsenal are sticking by Arteta. He’s a young manager that shows his naivety at times, and he’ll know finishing out of Europe isn’t acceptable.
There is a plan in place for him though that he’s being allowed to see through. If Arsenal don’t recruit well in the summer though, it’s hard to picture him last through the whole of next season.
As for Conte, the club who appoints him next will be getting a passionate manager that is proven at the elite level.
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