Antonio Conte Hints at next Possible Destination amid Arsenal talks
Mikel Arteta has been under increased pressure at Arsenal and Antonio Conte could be his potential replacement in the hot seat.
It has been a disappointing start for Arsenal and they currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table after losing their opening three matches.
This form has placed Mikel Arteta under increased scrutiny over his long-term future and capabilities to bring European football back to the Emirates Stadium.
They have, however, put faith in the Spaniard with their summer business after spending more than £130million, as Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Martin Odegaard all joined for big-money fees.
Technical director Edu also came out and backed Arteta in an interview and hopes that he can turn their fortunes around.
But should Arsenal’s recent slump continue, then, he could be the next manager to leave with Antonio Conte being one of those names linked with a return to England.
Reportedly, Arsenal has ‘contacted’ Conte and the report claims a ‘preliminary agreement’ is in place between the two parties.
Speaking in an interview, Conte said, “I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me.
“It has to do with vision, honesty and principles. Generally, I like challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career.
“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favorites when I arrived.
“However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept, regardless of the money.”
Additionally, Conte has expressed his desire to experience managing a club outside Italy once again – a hint that perhaps Arsenal could be a fresh challenge for him should their poor run continue and Arteta depart.
He added: “I would like to have more experiences abroad”.
“I think that I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.
“As a player, I won everything it was possible to win, but I also lost a great deal.
“When you lose, it leaves within you the desire not to experience that again, so you do everything to transmit that to your players when you are a head coach.
“It all comes from your scars and wanting to avoid getting more.”