Simon Jordan spoke on TalkSport yesterday about rumours linking Antonio Conte with the Arsenal job.
A disastrous start to the season for the Gunners has given rise to the Arteta Out Brigade. Some fans want him gone already, while a few betting sites have even named the Arsenal boss as the favourite to be the first manager sacked this campaign. (Telegraph)
The pressure is well and truly on Arteta now, but we can’t imagine him facing the axe any time soon. However, there are rumours circulating around Italy that have claimed that former Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan boss, Conte, is being lined up as the replacement.
Jordan: Conte would cause chaos at Arsenal
The ex-Crystal Palace chairman said: “Can you imagine Antonio Conte being at Arsenal? The guy is a very good manager but he is a nightmare to work with. He doesn’t like anything unless he gets exactly what he wants.
“There’s a case to be said that they should get what they want but that has to be within reason at the end of it. You can’t have exactly what you want, it’s not your money, you don’t run the football club. You do have to work within a framework, everybody does.
“Antonio Conte does not believe that is applicable to him and more power to his elbow if he can get away with it.
“Can you imagine him going into Arsenal with silent Stan [Kroenke] over here, Edu and you’ll have chaos in there. If you think Arsenal is in disrepair now, imagine what it will be in when you have personalities like this in place.”
The Insider’s View:
Conte, 52, is undoubtedly a world-class manager. He has won nine trophies in his career already, including the Premier League in England with Chelsea. He is a ‘serial winner’ – he once said so himself (Guardian), and we can’t really dispute that.
However, he’s a manager who doesn’t hold anything back in press conferences. If he wants to have a go at the board and the ownership, he will do just that, and that is the biggest reason why Stan Kroenke will not even consider him as an option for the Arsenal job.
Arteta is still at the helm and although he’s no Conte, he’s still a decent manager. He hasn’t really been able to show that since we won the FA Cup and the Community Shield last year, but hopefully, he can prove his doubters wrong by having a successful campaign at Arsenal this season.