Paul Merson urges Arsenal to appoint 47-year-old Premier League manager

The Arsenal legend would love to see the Gunners appoint Antonio Conte as their next manager

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to consider appointing Antonio Conte as Arsene Wenger’s replacement.

The Italian head coach is facing an uncertain future at the west London side following a difficult season for Chelsea FC.

Conte led the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season in charge, while Chelsea FC have reached successive FA Cup finals.

The Blues ended up in fifth spot in the Premier League table this season to miss out on a place in the Champions League.

Arsenal are on the hunt for a new manager after Wenger stood down after 22 seasons in charge of the north London outfit.

The Gunners have been linked with Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta and New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira.

However, former Arsenal star Merson wants the Gunners to consider Conte as Wenger’s successor.

“He is a top manager,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“What he has done at Chelsea, he is a top manager. If he left after the cup final, Arsenal should be walking over hot coals to get him at Arsenal.”

Arsenal lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley earlier this year.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger’s side managed to finish the season unbeaten.

Arsenal lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final to end their hopes of securing a place in the Champions League.

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