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Forget Rodgers: Arsenal must do all they can to replace Wenger with this 48-year-old

Arsenal supporters have been pretty frustrated in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side produce a poor performance to deservedly go down 3-0 to Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s men got past Doncaster Rovers, Norwich City, West Ham, and Chelsea to reach the first cup final of the season, but the Gunners were comfortably beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side to make the Frenchman wait at least another year for a League Cup title. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, and David Silva secured a comprehensive victory for the Citizens, in turn clinching their third League Cup crown in the last five years, at the same time putting a big dent into Arsenal’s hopes of lifting some silverware this season.

Thus, there have been many disappointed and angry Arsenal fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping for better fortunes when they meet the Premier League leaders at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Gunners supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports that Wenger’s position as manager will be reviewed in the summer, and that the club are reportedly preparing for time after the 68-year-old.

And one man linked with taking over at the Emirates Stadium is Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers, but the Arsenal hierarchy simply must forget about the ex-Liverpool boss, and instead focus all their efforts on landing Chelsea’s Antonio Conte.

Ultimately, the Italian has certainly proven his credentials in English football after guiding the Blues to the Premier League title last season, in a campaign which was billed as Pep Guardiola against Jose Mourinho, only for the 48-year-old to comfortably come out on top.

The way he masterminded the Blues’ turnaround, from losing 3-0 at Arsenal in September to eventually finish with 30 victories from 38 games and six points clear at the summit, was remarkable and testament to Conte’s resilience and tactical nous – the sort of tactical nous the Gunners need to get back to the top.

Chelsea finished tenth the season before Conte’s arrival, and he then took them to the league title. Arsenal are likely to finish at least in the top six this season, so who’s to suggest that he can’t take them to the next level?

Yes, things haven’t been as good for the former Italy boss this term – that appears to be the going rate for a Chelsea manager in the modern era – and as such he is unlikely to be in charge of their first game of the 2018/19 season. Thus, Arsenal must step in.

The Gunners need a character like the 48-year-old to start challenging for major titles once again. He completely changed the Chelsea system back in September 2016 to make them more difficult to beat and more efficient going forward – Arsenal need those sorts of changes as well.

Of the top six, Arsenal are arguably the only one significantly regressing – thus, change is needed.

And with Conte highly unlikely to remain in charge of Chelsea come the start of next season, the Gunners must seek to replace Wenger with the Italian over the summer.

Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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