Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Antonio Conte who is currently without a club.
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta need to get their act together if the pair are to have any sort of long-term future.
Going into the new season, most Arsenal fans I knew had settled in their minds that they would likely give Arteta until around November to get things together at Arsenal, but the defeat at Brentford saw many reassess that view.
Whether Arsenal are actually interested in Antonio Conte, it’s hard to say.
The club seem determined to back Arteta and really want it to work out, not least of all because he’s significantly cheaper than Conte, who was paid €13m-a-year at Chelsea (around £11m).
Arteta currently earns about £3.6m.
Experience costs a lot more.
The rumour, however, starts to fall down with the addition of extra flowery bits, such as Conte bringing Lauturo Martinez with him to Arsenal.
Even Sport Witness, who originally translated the article, called it an ‘outlandish’ rumour.
It is certainly that.
Conte has been without a club since May.
He left Inter Milan by ‘mutual consent’, after guiding them to the title, due to what was reported to be differences with the club’s owners over summer transfer business.
With Inter’s owners reportedly selling Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea against the wishes of Simone Inzaghi, who replaced Conte, and the Inter board, can you blame him?
And does this sound like a man who would put up with the nonsense from the Arsenal board we see on a regular basis?