Antonio Conte has been heavily linked with the Arsenal job as the pressure on Mikel Arteta continues to grow.
The Gunners are currently bottom of the league table having lost each of our first three games. Some fans are calling for Arteta’s head already, and many feel Conte is the perfect man to replace him.
The Italian and Arteta are completely different in terms of their philosophy, managerial style and just the way they are. However, there is one striking similarity between the two of them, and it is a very important trait to have.
Arteta and Conte have one striking similarity
Back in 2017, when Conte was still at the helm at Chelsea, the Italian sat down for an interview on Sky Sports with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. The Frenchman told him how he admired the way he dealt with players who were a problem.
Conte responded saying: “I always talk about education and respect. I give this, but I demand this.
“If someone hasn’t (got) a good attitude during the training session or the good behaviour in different circumstances, then I prefer to kill him than to have 22 players. If the manager closes his eyes and does not want to see the bad situation, he will lose the changing room.”
Arteta will never come out and say he’d ‘prefer to kill’ players who don’t obey him, but the Arsenal boss shares the exact same approach as the former Inter Milan manager when dealing with players who are being problematic.
Remember Mesut Ozil? Nobody knows what happened between the German and Arteta, but the Arsenal boss decided that he didn’t want him anymore, and there was only one winner in that contest.
If Arteta does get sacked soon and Conte replaces him, there will be a ton of changes at the club. However, if there’s one thing that will remain the same, it’s that everyone has to listen to the manager, or they’re out!