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Paul Merson believes Antonio Conte should replace Arsene Wenger


Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged his former side to appoint Chelsea current manager Antonio Conte as Arsene Wenger's successor if the Italian gaffer does end up leaving Chelsea.

Conte's future at Stamford Bridge is in serious doubt at the moment after a poor run of form, with the reigning Premier League champions winning only two of their last ten fixtures across all competition.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the tabloid have already start linking ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as Conte's replacement at the Bridge, with Roman Abramovich not one to show patience for too long when his club's results start going against his managers.

Meanwhile, Wenger signed a two-year contract last summer but the Frenchman has once again struggled to get his side competing as they should be as, despite reaching the Carabao Cup final, the Gunners look in danger of missing out on the top four again whilst also out of the FA Cup competition this season.

There were much protests against Wenger remaining as Arsenal manager last season, with the feeling for some time being that he has been unable to live up to the high standards he set at the club earlier in his reign.

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Given that both Wenger and Conte could leave their current posts in the near future, Merson believes Arsenal have to go for Conte if he becomes available.

‘The day he (Conte) leaves Chelsea, if I was Arsenal, I’d be straight on the phone,’ Merson told Sky Sports, as reported by the Metro.
‘Arsenal need someone like him. He upsets people but he wants you to play a certain way and he will make you rock solid at the back. As soon as Arsenal get rock solid at the back they will be a force.
‘He’s a top manager. I think Arsenal would say “we will have you next season”. I think they would be mad if they didn’t.
‘Sooner or later it’s got to change, Arsene can’t (stay forever). These managers don’t come along too often in football. I think he ticks all the boxed I really do. Arsenal can’t keep on missing all these managers.’

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