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Arsenal eye Conte and Martinez double swoop after Brentford defeat

17/08/2021; 6:31 AM By : Steven D. Thompson

Since the departure of Arsene Wenger from the dugout at The Emirates, Arsenal have found it difficult challenging for the big titles. The team has gone from challenging for the league title to chasing a top-four place and finally finding themselves in the miry world of no European football. 

The team finished eighth last season and haved the season in the worst possible way - losing to newly-promoted Brentford by a 2-0 scoreline. The loss to The Bees has put Mikel Arteta's job on shaky ground.

Arsenal looking for reinforcements

Arsenal are reported to be in the market for a new manager following the struggles of their current manager Mikel Arteta. The Gunners lost their opening match of the season to Brentford, following goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard. The result has called to question Arteta's ability to lead the team to glory days, forcing the London side to consider replacing him.

According to Tuttosport, the club has not made a final decision on the Spaniard, but the likelihood of being shown the door is high.

The Italian newspaper, however, believes that should Arteta be fired, then Antonio Conte will be his replacement.

Arsenal have gone through a couple of managers since the departure of Arsene Wenger before arriving at Mikel Arteta. Unai Emery took the reins immediately after the Frenchman left before Fredrik Ljungberg held it temporarily.

Last season was poor for the Gunners after finishing without silverware and failing to qualify for Europe. Arteta's ability as a manager is questioned with his job hanging by a thread.

Arsenal are also in the market for a striker

With Conte out of a job, getting him to be the new Arsenal boss may not be too much for the London side to achieve.

Arsenal have also been in the market for a striker, with Argentine and Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez their preferred target. Strutting out against Brentford, Arsenal were without Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli were deployed upfront in a forward line that was easily blunted by the Bees.

Arsenal hope that getting Conte will convince Martinez to turn out for the Gunners. Conte and Martinez at the Emirates will mean a reunion for the pair who helped Inter to their first Serie A crown in over a decade.

Inter continue to play hardball

Inter Milan have maintained their unwillingness to sell the Argentine. Despite the club's financial troubles, they remain adamant about keeping Martinez at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

With Tammy Abraham opting to join Roma instead of Arsenal, the Gunners must now intensify their efforts with time running out before the transfer window comes to an end.

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