Jamie Carragher has explained why he believes Arsenal should turn to Antonio Conte if the Italian coach leaves Chelsea at the end of the season.
The clamour to replace Arsene Wenger is building once again among Arsenal fans, who have seen their side again fail to mount a title bid while star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil run down their contracts.
Despite winning the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge, reports suggest Conte will be replaced at the end of the season with the relationship between the coach and the Blues hierarchy said to be uneasy.
If Conte does leave Chelsea, then former Liverpool and England defender Carragher believes it is a perfect opportunity for Arsenal to pounce.
“I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte,” Carragher wrote in his column in the Daily Telegraph.
“Arsenal are in desperate need of Conte’s persona. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history.
“Can you imagine Conte, disillusioned with his treatment at Chelsea, turning up at the Emirates?
“Arsenal are still stuck in a cycle of mediocrity they have been unable to escape for several years.
“I will never lose respect for Wenger – his legacy in English football is preserved and he will always be considered one of the all-time greats – but I said last year his time was coming to an end and nothing has changed.
“Chelsea should be desperately trying to keep Conte, not only because he will bring more success to the club, but to ensure he does not come back to haunt them when he returns with a rival.
“If the Chelsea board cannot see that, Arsenal should do everything in their power to ensure it is a short Tube ride to his next destination.”