Arsenal urged to appoint Antonio Conte

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Arsenal have been urged to replace Arsene Wenger with Antonio Conte by former Gunners' midfielder Stewart Robson, who believes the Juventus boss is currently the best coach in Europe.

Despite winning the FA Cup on Saturday - Wenger and Arsenal's first trophy triumph since 2005 - Robson believes the time is right for Arsenal to replace the veteran Frenchman as the club's manager.

“If I was holding the purse strings, the first thing I would do is bring in Antonio Conte as my new manager,” the former England Under-21 international told talkSPORT. “He’s the best coach in Europe.

“A lot of players have gone backwards since they’ve been at Arsenal,” he added. “One of the reasons why players have left in recent years, it’s not for more money or titles, it’s because they have felt their football development has been stunted by Arsene Wenger.”

Robson is likely to be left disappointed, though. Wenger is poised to sign a £8m-a-season three-year deal with the Gunners this week following the 3-2 extra-time FA Cup final victory over Hull City at Wembley Stadium.

Wenger cut a relieved figure at the final whistle. There were rumours that he would walk away from the Emirates Stadium had the Gunners lost that match, although the 64-year-old denied his future hinged on that specific result.

Conte has guided Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles in his three seasons with the Italian giants and has drawn comparisons with legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the past.

AS Monaco are also considering 44-year-old Conte as a possible replacement for Claudio Ranieri, who is expected to be dismissed by the Ligue 1 outfit this summer.

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