Arsenal snub with Antonio Conte ‘NOT interested in manager job’ if Mikel Arteta is sacked after early Prem struggles

ANTONIO CONTE is NOT interested in the Arsenal job should Mikel Arteta be fired, according to reports.

The Italian chief, 52, is currently out of work after terminating his contract at Inter Milan immediately after winning the Serie A title last season.


Antonio Conte is not interested in taking over at Arsenal should Mikel Arteta be fired as he plots a new project in 2022-23, according to reportsCredit: Reuters

As part of the deal, Conte is not able to take over at another Italian top-flight club until the start of the 2022-23 season.

Because of that, the former Premier League-winning boss has attracted attention from overseas.

Arsenal have endured a torrid start to the season under Arteta with rumours swirling about a potential sacking at the Emirates.

Barcelona are another big-name club potentially looking for a new boss with Ronald Koeman enduring a dreadful start to 2021-22 – the first season at the Nou Camp since Lionel Messi’s departure.

But Fabrizio Romano has claimed Conte will NOT entertain any mid-season offers this year.

Instead, the former Chelsea chief will bide his time and wait for a ‘new project’ next season.


Conte had been linked with the top job at Tottenham in the summer to replace Jose Mourinho, following Ryan Mason’s stint as interim manager.

But in a chaotic summer for Spurs, talks collapsed with Nuno Espirito Santo eventually given the role.

Conte was later tipped to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United should the Norwegian be axed.

However, United have started the 2021-22 season strongly – but for their shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of West Ham – with Solskjaer’s position seemingly safe, for now.

At the time, Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed Conte would only accept a ‘winning project’, with Arsenal and Spurs not sharing his vision.

Di Marzio claimed: “He would only accept a winning project.

“So I don’t think he would accept Arsenal and that is why he said no to Tottenham.

“I think he would only accept if say Manchester United called.”

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