Arsenal boss Wenger told to follow Conte’s example at Chelsea

Charlie Nicholas has told Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to follow Antonio Conte's example and get rid of the deadwood in his squad

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger needs to follow Antonio Conte’s lead and get rid of the deadwood in his Arsenal squad, according to Charlie Nicholas.

The Gunners boss signed a new three-year contract to extend his reign at Arsenal until 2020 earlier this summer despite finishing in fifth place in the Premier League table.

The north London side lost 10-2 to Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich in the Champions League to crash out of the competition at the round of last 16.

Arsenal managed to win the FA Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea.

Wenger has signed Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac in a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 earlier this summer.

The Gunners spent a club-record £52m fee on France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

Conte took over the reins at Chelsea last summer and managed to get rid off unwanted players in his squad before winning the title in his first season in charge.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes Wenger should follow Conte’s example and shake up his Arsenal squad.

“There’s so much dead wood to get rid of around the club,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“That’s what Antonio Conte has done at Chelsea, but Arsenal’s numbers are terrifying in terms of the players sat around who aren’t doing anything.”

Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny are four of the Arsenal stars that have been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.

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