Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and technical director Edu have decided to sack Mikel Arteta later this year if the team is still in mid-table in the Premier League, reports suggest. The Gunners crashed out of the Europa League this week, and are at risk of finishing in the bottom half of the table this season.
Arteta’s job at the Emirates is safe for now, but the pressure is definitely mounting on the Gunners boss.
Arsenal were dumped out of Europe this week at the hands of Villareal in a disappointing night for the club.
The Gunners managed just one shot on target in the semi-final second leg on Thursday night, despite needing just one goal to progress to an all-English final against Manchester United.
That result, coupled with a dire campaign in the Premier League, has turned up the pressure on Arteta.
The manager is under contract until 2023, but reports since Thursday night have suggested that Arsenal could end his tenure early.
Arteta has become the bookies’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave, with suggestions Arsenal will sack him at the end of the season.
However, The Sun claims his job is safe – for now.
It’s said that Arsenal’s board will sanction a big-money spending spree this summer in order to improve the squad for next season.
But if Arsenal are still languishing in mid-table at the end of the year, club officials will take part ways with the former midfielder.
Edu and Kroenke are apparently convinced that he’s the right man to lead the club going forward.
Arsenal face a near-impossible task to qualify for the Europa League, considering they’re six points behind fifth-placed West Ham.
If they’re to somehow finish in the top five, they’ll have to leapfrog Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham and David Moyes’ high-flying Hammers.
Speaking in the aftermath of their Europa League exit, Arteta appeared to blame club icon Arsene Wenger for the club’s downward spiral.
He said: ““We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years.
“It is not as if this process started six months ago – it started five years ago and you can see this trend. This year is not year one.
“I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do.”