Jamie Carragher has named the Premier League manager who would be perfect for Arsenal

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Things at Arsenal are as chaotic as they have been for a while - which is saying something for a club that manages to create enormous questions about itself every season.

Be it a top player leaving, a manager under pressure, or the traditional midseason collapse, the Gunners are never really settled as a club.

While last season was all about whether or not Arsene Wenger would be sticking around and taking his time at the club even further.

He signed a new contract in the end, of course, apparently undeterred by the '#WengerOut' campaign and its aeroplane.

That meant that a new drama was needed and fortunately enough, the team's two standout players happened to be entering the final year of their respective contracts.

The futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have dominated Arsenal since the summer, creating a distraction that has lingered around at every turn over the first half of the season.

While Ozil's is still up in the air, Sanchez is set to finally bring an end to the circus by signing for Manchester United in the coming days.

The next question is, obviously, how you replace your star players - but that in itself has been drama-filled.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks likely to arrive as part of the deal for Sanchez, although it's never been entirely clear if he wants to. A move for Brazilian winger Malcom of Bordeaux failed to properly materialise, and all the fans excited at his potential may instead find themselves hoping he doesn't fulfil it as rivals Tottenham Hotspur move into pole position.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the dream signing and appears to be close - unless Wenger's comments on the player have hurt the move after annoying Borussia Dortmund.


It's all been enough to make people forget about the fact that Wenger is not actually on a long-term contract - that particular argument should spark up among the fans quite soon, in fact.

Jamie Carragher, however, has started it early in his column for the Telegraph.

And not only does he believe that Wenger should be replaced when his contract is up, he believes they should be looking at one of their biggest rivals for his replacement - Chelsea's Antonio Conte.

"There is talk of him [Conte] returning to Italian football," said Carragher. "But having managed the national team and led Juventus to three Serie A titles in a row, would heading home at this stage of his career be so appealing? He has nothing more to prove in his own country.

"There is one club in particular, much closer to his current home, I feel should be monitoring developments more than others; a club desperately in need of Conte’s persona, who would send a rocket through every department of their institution and instantly change perceptions.

"That club is Arsenal.

"I can imagine no more suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger than Conte. It would be one of the most astute managerial appointments in Premier League history."

It certainly would be that, although it still feels incredibly unlikely that such a move could happen. Still, there are certainly few managers more suited to whipping Arsenal into shape than Conte.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens in 18 months when the Wenger Out/In war has resumed.

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