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Paul Merson thinks Arsenal should consider appointing Antonio Conte as the club's new manager

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Chelsea FC boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Paul Merson has told Arsenal to consider appointing Antonio Conte as their next manager when the Italian leaves his role as Chelsea FC boss.

Conte has found himself under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge in recent days after his side slumped to back to back Premier League defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.

It remains to be seen whether the Italian manager will see out the remainder of his contract at Stamford Bridge, with his current deal due to expire at the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Wenger’s future is likely to be once again a source of speculation this summer, with the Frenchman’s current deal set to end in 2019.

And former Arsenal star Merson has urged the Gunners to consider making a move to appoint Conte as their new boss if he becomes available.

Speaking to Sky Sports, former Gunners man Merson said: “The day Conte leaves Chelsea, if I was Arsenal, I’d be straight on the phone.

“Managers like Conte don’t come along too often. Arsenal need someone that is going to go in there and upset people. Conte upsets people. He wants you to play a certain way and he’ll make you rock solid at the back.

“As soon as Arsenal get rock solid at the back, they’ll be a force. I think Arsenal would say: ‘we’d have you next season’. I think they’d be mad if they didn’t. I think it ticks all the boxes.”

Arsenal are currently gearing up for their crunch north London derby clash against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.

Chelsea FC, meanwhile, are getting set to take on West Bromwich Albion in front of their home fans on Monday night as they bid to bounce back from their successive defeats in the top flight.

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