Arsenal consider replacing under-fire Mikel Arteta with Antonio Conte

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The former Chelsea boss has emerged as a top target to replace Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has found himself in the hot seat after a dismal start to the Premier League, suffering defeats against Brentford and Chelsea.

The fans have reportedly grown furious over the club’s lack of progress under the Spaniard manager, who led the Gunners to a disappointing eighth place in the Premier League table last season.

According to new reports, Arteta has been handed an ultimatum of up to 5 games to turn things around. If he fails to do so, they will look to replace him with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Conte led Inter Milan to a historic Scudetto last season, thus breaking the long-held dominance of Juventus.

However, the Italian gaffer left the club last month after he was told by the Nerazzurri that he couldn’t be backed in the transfer window due to dire financial straits.

The former Blues boss had been in talks with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a possible takeover before he rejected the offer due to the club’s lack of ambition to win trophies.

Conte on turning down the offer from Spurs: “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 favourites when I arrived. However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept, regardless of the money.”

Arteta has a gargantuan task ahead as the Gunners will face Manchester City, Norwich, Burnley, Tottenham and Brighton in their upcoming fixtures.