Arsenal have reportedly targeted Juventus boss Antonio Conte as their next manager if Arsene Wenger departs the Emirates at the end of the season, according to reports in Italy.
Wenger put contract talks on hold over a new deal with the Gunners during a particularly difficult transfer window this summer but most recently claimed that he wants to analyze the season before he agrees to a new contract with PSG interested in brining the long serving manager back to France.
The Frenchman’s contract expires next summer and the Gunners have reportedly identified 44-year-old Conte as a potential replacement.
Conte, a legend at Juventus, has been managing his old club for over two years now. He first made headlines in the coaching world after turning Serie B club Bari from relegation contenders to champions in two seasons. His work with Bari linked him with a move to Juventus but instead he took over at Atlanta. A brief spell at Siena followed before he eventually joined the Old Lady.
In his first season it self he secured Juventus 30th Serie A title, becoming the first team to do so in the new Italian league set up. He then successfully defended the league last season while also claiming two Supercoppa Italia’s all at the tender age of 44.
Conte might bring some tactical flexibility to the Gunners who are sometimes rather predictable. He used the typical four-man defensive set earlier in his career but has now evolved to the point where he now uses a three-man setup. Although he is unlikely to use a three-man defense at Arsenal, but at least the option would be there and he is also is an expert at determining an opponent’s weaknesses, and he isn’t afraid to make the adjustments necessary to exploit them.
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Wenger has earlier suggested that he would analyse this season’s performance before deciding on contract extension, but my guess is that if we fail to qualify for the top four and don’t win a trophy the Frenchman will leave. He is undoubtedly the best manager we have had but we have come to a point a trophy is must for us to get our identity back.
Replacing Wenger would be a hard task but Conte offesr a range of silverware behind him including the last two Serie A titles which might offer Gunners fans hope of breaking their trophy less spell, should Wenger fail to guide the side to success this season.
We have made a good start to the season and i am truly hoping that we can win something and Wenger stays. What are your thoughts Gooners?