Former England striker Darren Bent has urged Arsenal to replace Mikel Arteta with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Arteta – who spent five years at Arsenal as a player – returned to the Emirates as manager in December 2019 after Unai Emery’s sacking.
The Gunners initially impressed under the Spaniard, winning the FA Cup at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but finished just eighth last season and suffered a dismal Europa League exit at the hands of Emery’s Villarreal.
Arsenal’s struggles continued on the opening day of the new season, with Arteta’s side losing 2-0 to Premier League new boys Brentford, and Bent says it is ‘tough’ to watch the club’s demise.
The former striker also believes Arsenal should sack Arteta if they have the chance to appoint Italian boss Conte as their new manager.
Conte, 52, won Premier League and FA Cup trophies during his spell at Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea, and led Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season before leaving the club this summer.
‘It’s tough to watch,’ Bent told talkSPORT when asked about the situation at Arsenal.
‘The performance against Brentford was poor, they were bullied. It wasn’t good to watch and I felt sorry for Ben White.
‘If we want to get back to the good times, you sack Mikel Arteta and bring in someone like Antonio Conte.
‘They are spending a lot of money on new players and we seem to be going backwards. With Conte it’s a different kettle of fish.
‘If they can get Conte, you get him. But would Antonio Conte come? I don’t know. If they’ve got an inkling that they can get Conte, sack Arteta.’
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