Jamie Carragher thinks he knows who Arsenal’s next manager will be
Jamie Carragher wouldn't be surprised to see Antonio Conte take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
Jamie Carragher has said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Antonio Conte take over from Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.
Wenger’s future is likely to be another source of intense debate at the end of the season, with the Frenchman’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2019.
It remains to be seen whether Wenger will indeed stay on for the last year of his contract or if Arsenal will choose to bring in a replacement this summer.
There have been suggestions that Conte could be unhappy with his situation at Chelsea, leading to doubts about his future at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.
And Liverpool legend Carragher feels that Conte could well end up at The Emirates in the future.
Writing in his column for the Daily Telegraph, Carragher said: “It would not surprise me – I have felt Conte will go since he made public his displeasure with transfer policy at the start of the season.
“But I think it would be a huge mistake if Chelsea do part company, regardless of the calibre of his replacement.
“Conte is an elite coach enriching the Premier League. Most clubs in the world would improve under him. We have seen his qualities, not just in his results, but in his belligerent approach off the park.
“There is one club in particular, much closer to his current home, I feel should be monitoring developments more than others; a club desperately in need of Conte’s persona, who would send a rocket through every department of their institution and instantly change perceptions. That club is Arsenal.
“I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history.
“Can you imagine Conte, disillusioned with his treatment at Chelsea, turning up at The Emirates?
“I will never lose respect for Wenger – his legacy in English football is preserved and he will always be considered one of the all-time greats – but I said last year his time was coming to an end and nothing has changed.
“Conte is too good for Chelsea to let go. They should be desperately trying to keep him, not only because he will bring more success to the club, but to ensure he does not come back to haunt them when he returns with a rival.
“If the Chelsea board cannot see that, Arsenal should do everything in their power to ensure it is a short tube ride to his next destination.”
Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head to head in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final clash at The Emirates on Wednesday night after the two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg earlier this month.
Conte is a firm favourite amongst Chelsea fans after he led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge last term.