Arsenal have reportedly agreed terms in principle with Italian boss Antonio Conte as Mikel Arteta struggles to get the Gunners’ season up and running.
Despite splashed out over £150million on sixth players during recently summer transfer window, Mikel Arteta’s men sit bottom of the league standings with three defeat from the three games.
Even they are yet to record a goal and already questions are starting to be asked of Mikel Arteta’s credentials. The Spaniard could only manage an eighth-placed finish last term, after winning the FA Cup in his first season.
Firstly though the Spanish source are far from a reputable outlet, so the latest talk could well be make believe, but they reports that former Inter and Chelsea boss ‘Antonio Conte was contacted a little over a week ago’ after Arsenal’s first two Premier League defeats.
The reports explain in details that the Italian coach, who win seven major trophy in his coaching career, has ‘already closed a preliminary agreement’ with Arsenal.
Basically, Antonio Conte has apparently agreed in principle to taking over in north London as long as he can do so before October.
That would leave Mikel Arteta needing a drastic improvement in results in his next three games.
The Gunners face Norwich, Burnley and Tottenham, with the first and last of those games at home. And a turnaround in results is not out of the question given the tough nature of their opening games against Brentford, Mancheseter City and Chelsea.
Antonio Conte is available after leaving Serie A winners Inter Milan due to financial constraints that their owners were imposing.
The 52-year-old has already taken up a new job as a pundit for an Italian TV channel, and will be a special studio guest for Sky Sport Italia’s coverage of the Champions League and international football.
But that could be short lived if Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and club technical director Edu Gasper despite to pull the plug on Arteta.
With the deadline purportedly imposed by Antonio Conte, he could be in charge at The Emirates l against Brighton on October 2.
Antonio Conte was understood to be a candidate to take over at Everton before Rafa Benitez was handed the reins in June.
The 52-year-old was in charge of Chelsea between 2016/18 and won their Premier League and the FA Cup.