Darren Bent urges Arsenal to sack Arteta if they can get Antonio Conte
Darren Bent has told talkSPORT that if Arsenal believe that they have a chance of landing Antonio Conte, they have to sack Mikel Arteta.
Arteta remains under serious pressure from fans at the Emirates. Of course, last season was a huge disappointment.
And the new campaign has hardly begun any better. They were beaten by newly-promoted Brentford on the opening evening of the season.
That result compounded the frustration surrounding what has been an underwhelming summer for the Gunners.
A significant overhaul looked to be on the cards. However, only a handful of signings have arrived. And the club appear to have had major issues moving players on.
There have been various reports concerning his future in North London. Eurosport suggested that he could be given until December to turn the situation around.
Meanwhile, ITA Sport Press reported that Conte is their top target should they decide to replace Arteta.
And Bent has now suggested that he would be inclined to agree with those who would replace Arteta with Conte if the chance presented itself.
“Well, if you want to get back to the good times then you sack him and you bring in someone like Conte,” he told talkSPORT.
“If they’ve got an inkling that they can sign Conte, sack Arteta.”
Antonio Conte is the superstar manager who could make a real difference at Arsenal
Conte is not a manager to spend years and years at one club. His three year stay at Juventus was the longest of his career to date.
But what he does do – better than most – is make an immediate impact. He has won league titles with Juve, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
He is therefore, arguably the ideal option to elevate Arsenal back up the table should Arteta fail to prove his critics wrong.
There is an element of risk attached because he does not tend to put foundations in place for long-term projects at his clubs.
But it is clear the kind of potential Arsenal have if someone can take them back into top four contention and beyond.
Unfortunately, it is becoming harder for Arteta to argue that he is that man.