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Conte could replace Arteta at Arsenal

Antonio Conte is the ‘first choice’ to replace Mikel Arteta, if he isn’t able to turn the clubs form around by the second international break. Arsenal have suffered two defeats in a row, losing 2-0 to Bwentford and Chelsea while failing to score a goal in either game.

The Telegraph report that Arteta is already under pressure to get results or ‘face a fight to save his job’ if form doesn’t improve by October.

Arsenal were without nine first team players in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea at the weekend, but Arteta reiterated that he doesn’t want to look for excuses.

The manager also promised that results and performances will improve once players start to return and his new signings find their feet.

Despite his assurances, the Telegraph report that Arteta’s job could be on the line as they face Norwich City, Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton, before the Premier League breaks again in October.

Should Arteta fail to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around, then the club are likely to make former Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte their first choice to replace him.

Conte has been out of work since leaving Inter during the summer and has already rejected an approach from Spurs.