ARSENAL have been linked with Antonio Conte following Mikel Arteta's miserable start to the season.
Reports in Italy over the weekend even claimed that the Gunners had 'agreed terms' with the former Chelsea boss.
The rumours have since been rubbished by experts including Fabrizio Romano.
But that doesn't stop Arteta being under immense pressure, with his side having lost three out of three in the Premier League so far this season.
A Conte appointment might not be imminent, but what's the harm in dreaming, Arsenal fans?
The Italian has gained a reputation as someone that spends a lot of money on experienced heads to achieve his objectives.
But he has squeezed more out of less glamorous players at his disposal in the past, with Victor Moses' Chelsea revival under his management coming to mind.
With Arsenal having spent so much money on young talent, Conte would surely have to get a tune out of them.
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Aaron Ramsdale was bought for £30million in the summer to go on to be the Gunners' future No1, so why waste any time? Particularly with Bernd Leno seemingly wanting out.
Conte, 52, always deploys a back three at his clubs – so don't expect this to be any different.
New signing Takehiro Tomiyasu would appear to be the perfect candidate to play as the right-sided centre-back in the system – while Ben White could bring the ball out from the middle.
Perhaps Conte's arrival could spark a rejuvenation of Gabriel's Arsenal career as the left-sided centre-back – although Kieran Tierney could also be used in that position.
The Scot may otherwise be deployed as a wing-back, unless Conte fancies using Bukayo Saka there in an ultra-attacking system.
Arsenal lack a top quality right wing-back – so perhaps Conte could reunite with his old mate Moses, who is currently residing at Spartak Moscow having finally left Chelsea.
Alternatively, he could try and bring Hector Bellerin back into the fold when he returns from his loan spell at Real Betis.
Getting the best out of Thomas Partey would surely be a priority, although who to pick around the Ghanaian would be an interesting conundrum for Conte.
Would he be a fan of Granit Xhaka? And would he want to give Albert Sambi Lokonga a chance?
Alternatively, and more true to form, he could look to buy a solution – by recruiting one of his Inter Milan generals in Marcelo Brozovic.
He would also face the challenge of how to fit Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe into his system alongside Bukayo Saka – no easy feat.
Conte could try and field Thomas as his deep lying midfielder with two more attacking options ahead of the former Atletico ace.
He would surely love to rekindle interest in Lautaro Martinez, with the Gunners having been interested in the Argentine in the past.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are increasingly looking like yesterday's men at Arsenal.
But if Conte does choose to play with two up top, as he often likes to, he could partner Martinez with talented Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli – or try Nicolas Pepe up top.
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