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Conte set to wield axe at Chelsea after Arsenal collapse

This will come as a relief to the Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern…

The Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are keeping their heads down today.

Despite a relatively impressive start to the season, a crushing defeat on Saturday evening away at Arsenal proved that the Blues are far from the finished article – and gave Antonio Conte food for thought ahead of a tough debut season in England for the Italian.

The Blues in the Football Transfer Tavern are taking the defeat as one step on the long road to redemption after a tumultuous season last year – but Antonio Conte is not prepared to wait for his Chelsea flops to improve alongside his team.

According to the Daily Mail, Antonio Conte is preparing a clear out – with mistake-ridden defenders Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic set to be given the chop.

Interestingly, the Daily Mail also reports that Burnley’s Michael Keane and Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson are being scouted as potential replacements by the London giants.

This report, interestingly, comes amid the impending returns of both Kurt Zouma and John Terry – whom will likely both come straight back into the first team when available.

This would then allow the fairly logical shift of Cesar Azpilicueta in place of Branislav Ivanovic with Marcos Alonso coming in on the left-hand side.

The Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are right behind this move. They feel that Cesar Azpilicueta would be far better on the right-hand side – and the introduction of Kurt Zouma and John Terry back into the fold would no doubt solidify the Chelsea defence.

Interestingly, however, our landlord doesn’t think a move for Gibson or Keane would be wise. In reality, he thinks that a move for a European-stalwart would prove more suitable, with Leonardo Bonucci a long-term Antonio Conte favourite.

Either way, it is going to be a very interesting season for Antonio Conte’s men – and he has a lot of work ahead if he wants to get Chelsea into the Champions League.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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