Ian Wright replies when asked if Arsenal should appoint Antonio Conte

Ian Wright admits he would have reservations about Arsenal appointing Antonio Conte as their next manager.

The Gunners are on the search for a new head coach after Arsene Wenger announced his intention to stand down at the end of the season.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and a long way behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the race for a Champions League spot.

The north London side are in the Europa League semi-finals after easing to victories over AC Milan and CSKA Moscow in the previous rounds.

The Gunners have been linked with a sensational swoop to appoint Chelsea FC boss Conte at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The Italian head coach won the Premier League title in his first season in charge of the west London outfit but the Blues have struggled this term.

Conte hasn’t hidden his discontent at Chelsea FC’s signing over the past 12 months or so.

Former Arsenal striker Wright expressed some concerns about Conte becoming the next manager at the north London club.

“Firstly, we have to deal with the fact that he is somebody who wanted players and didn’t get them and he has been in a strop,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Chelsea and Man City have the money to do what they want.

“If he can’t get the money at Chelsea, how is he going to come to Arsenal and improve them?”

Wenger has won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup crowns before finishing up as runners up in the Champions League in 2006.

The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the past four seasons under Wenger but haven’t won the Premier League since 2003-04.

Fabregas: Tottenham hold advantage

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted he would rather be in Tottenham’s position than his own as the two sides compete for a place in the top four of the Premier League.

Following the Blues’ 1-0 win at Swansea on Saturday evening, Chelsea are just two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and six behind Liverpool.

However, Tottenham have a game in hand on Chelsea – they play Watford at Wembley on Monday night, live on Sky Sports Premier League – and Fabregas believes this gives them an advantage over his side.

The 30-year-old said: “We won, so they (Tottenham) will probably feel that they need to do well and not drop points anymore.

“But the advantage is for them because it’s not up to us. Even if we win every game and they do well, we will not be in the Champions League next year, so that’s why I would prefer to be in their position.

“We just have to keep on winning, but they obviously have the advantage because they are on top.”

Fabregas also acknowledged Chelsea have not been at the top of their game recently, despite their 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium being their third successive victory on the road.

However, the World Cup-winner believes Chelsea’s ability to win when not playing at their best can be seen as a positive.

He explained: “We have been winning games, not comfortably, and that is the most important thing.

“Sometimes when you are in a dip of form and you are struggling to get points, to win whatever it takes, to do it is always positive.

“I think we’ve been doing well that way, because every team we play is fighting for something. You could see that with Swansea and it will be the same when Huddersfield come to Stamford Bridge.

“We have had to dig in in certain moments and we are ready to do that.”

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