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Mikel Arteta future hanging on a balance over Arsenal’s rumoured move for Conte

Arsenal chiefs are ready to sack Mikel Arteta and launch a sensational double swoop for a new manager and striker, according to reports.

Arteta is facing heavy criticism after the Gunners fell to a 2-0 defeat against Premier League new boys Brentford in their first game of the season.

As well as his tactical decisions being scrutinized, there is also growing concerned the Spaniard could have fallen out with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Mikel Arteta

If Arsenal failed to bounce back from their dismal loss in west London, they will look to make a drastic shake-up to their management and strike force.

That’s according to Tuttosport, which claims the Gunners have lined up Antonio Conte as the man who could replace Arteta in the Emirates hot seat.

The report in Italy adds Arsenal will also try to reunite Conte with his former Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

The Italian manager left Inter at the end of last season despite leading the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title in 11 years. He fell out with the club’s board due to disputes over transfer policy and their ambitions for the future.

Martinez, meanwhile, has been heavily linked with Arsenal as well as north London rivals Tottenham this summer.

Spurs agreed to a £60million fee to sign the Argentine striker earlier this month but he has reaffirmed his desire to stay at San Siro, where he is the principal striker following Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million move to Chelsea.

As such, the Gunners face an uphill battle to pull off their ambitious plan to bring Conte and Martinez to the Emirates.

Conte – who led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017 and the FA Cup the following year – was also linked with the Spurs job earlier this summer.

But the 52-year-old was unconvinced by the proposals put to him by chairman Daniel Levy and chose to snub the role.

“Money is not my obsession. I look at projects and I’m ready to stay at home if they don’t convince me,”

Conte told La Gazzetta Dello Sport of his talks with Tottenham.

“I like difficult challenges but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: ‘no, thank you.”

Spurs went on to appoint former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, while Conte is still out of work despite the fact he is considered one of Europe’s best managers.

Martinez, 23, scored 17 goals for Conte’s side in Serie A last season and won the Copa America with Argentina this summer.

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