Arteta out? Arsenal target Conte in double swoop

Date published: Sunday 15th August 2021 2:27 - Will Ford

Arsenal could show Mikel Arteta the door at the Emirates and swoop for Antonio Conte, according to a report.

Brentford secured a memorable 2-0 victory over the Gunners on Friday evening in their first ever Premier League fixture.

It was #ArtetaOut after that one game in the Football365 Mailbox and Tuttosport are apparently in a similarly impatient mood.

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The Italian outlet claim that the Gunners hierarchy are looking to complete a double deal, for Conte and Lautaro Martinez, after sacking Arteta. Our friends at Sport Witness, who translated the piece, described it as an ‘outlandish suggestion’. Not half.

The plan would be for Arsenal to persuade Conte and Conte to persuade Martinez to join the club.

Conte is said to have quit Inter having guided them to the Serie A title as he was concerned the club were not in a position to spend money to continue to challenge for the biggest trophies. Which suggests he would dismiss a move to Arsenal out of hand.

And a move for Martinez is just as – if not more – mystifying, given the fact that Romelu Lukaku has just left for Chelsea and Inter have consistently said they would now allow both strikers to leave.

On top of that, Arsenal’s absence from any sort of European competition would surely rule them out in Martinez’s mind.

In further pinch-of-salt Arsenal transfer news, both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette would be ‘delighted’ to joun Barcelona, who could come in for the pair this summer.

Neither striker featured in their opening day defeat and Arteta said after the game that he did not know for sure when they would be available for selection.

On their absence, Arteta said: “I can’t change that. We knew that before the game. I don’t know [if they’ll be available for the next game].

“What I can control and help, I’ll put all my enthusiasm and work into that.”

The Arsenal boss also admitted his side didn’t deserve anything from the game.

He added: “I’m disappointed. We started the season against a good opponent. I don’t think we deserved anything different.

“They scored from a long throw-in and we didn’t have enough presence in the box.”

Could they be his last words as Arsenal boss? No, they won’t.


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