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Latest update on Arsenal's reported interest in Antonio Conte

Latest update on Arsenal's reported interest in Antonio Conte

09/09/2021; 12:56 PM Steven D. Thompson By : Steven D. Thompson

Losses in their opening three games have fed the rumours of Arteta's impending departure and a pre-contract agreement with Conte.

The rumour mill was in a full spin last week when news filtered in that Arsenal had agreed to a pre-contract agreement with Antonio Conte. The accuracy of the information is without basis.

Arsenal have not had a poorer spell in their opening three league matches in a long time like they have this season under Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners lost their opening three games which included a 2-0 loss to newly-promoted Brentford. Arteta has come under increasing pressure amid rumours of his ouster making the rounds in recent weeks. The cries have gotten louder recently, thanks to this poor form.

The fact staring Arteta in the face is that he has to stop the current rut, else the rumours will take a life of their own becoming true. Maybe it won't be Conte taking over the dugout at the Emirates; it certainly will not be Arteta.

Fabrizio Romano's take on the Conte rumours

With the international break coming to an end, Arteta has had ample time to generateas to quell the rumours surrounding his immediate future in the Arsenal dugout.

Fabrizio Romano has had his say on the Arteta/Arsenal/Conte affair. On his latest episode of The Here We Go Podcast, Romano doused the fires of the rumours, giving Arteta a little lifeline at the Arsenal helm.

He was specific in insisting that Arsenal have no agreement to bring in Conte if they fired Arteta.

He said there are many rumours concerning Antonio Conte and the Gunners. Many of them make mention of the Italian being close to joining Arsenal after a prior agreement. According to him, there is no truth in them and that the former Inter Milan manager has not been in any discussions with Arsenal.

Since calling it quits at Inter Milan in May 2021, Conte has been without a job. He led Inter to stop Juventus nine-year reign in the Serie A by leading the Nerazzurri to their first league title in eleven years.

Will Conte fit the Arsenal bill?

Conte is not an ordinary coach. Recently he has proven to be a coach of high repute racking up titles as he goes along.

At Juventus, he won three Scudettos, one Premiership title at Chelsea and returned to his native land to help Inter overthrow Juventus.

Looking at what Arsenal are doing currently, it is obvious they're on a rebuilding path. Rebuilding is not an attribute that is up Antonio Conte's alley. Arsenal brought in six under-23 players this summer, suggesting that they're ready for the long haul.

Conte is an immediate results person and would not fit the bill for Arsenal.

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