Antonio Conte says he is hoping to emulate Arsene Wenger by being at Chelsea for the next 20 years as he comes face-to-face with the Arsenal boss for the first time in the Premier League in the week that marks the Frenchman’s 20th anniversary in North London.
When asked whether he’d like to stay in West London for two decades, the Conte said: “Yes, I like this. When you can organise and do your work, and there is great satisfaction on both sides, there is the possibility to have a good work.
“It’s fantastic if someone is able to stay for 20 years in the same club. I think it’s fantastic. There is satisfaction for both sides.”
The Blues are up against the Gunners at the Emirates today in a top-of-the-bill clash and following Cesc Fabregas’ match winning exploits in the EFL Cup against Leicester in midweek, Conte has also admitted he could hand the former Arsenal captain a start at his former homeground.
The Spain international has made only three substitute appearances in the league since Conte’s arrival, leading to speculation that his time at Stamford Bridge is drawing to close.
Conte, who will be without the injured John Terry today, admits the clash against Arsenal will be ‘special’ for Fabregas given his links to the Emirates.