Mikel Arteta currently finds himself under intense pressure at Arsenal after the club’s disappointing start to the new season. The Gunners failed to take a single point from their opening three matches and only managed to score their first goal against newly-promoted Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal spent more than any other Premier League club in the summer transfer window but have been unable to produce their best football as of yet.
They were humbled by Brentford in their first game of the season before suffering further defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Manchester City prior to the international break.
Arteta’s side finally got off the mark with a narrow victory over Norwich at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the winner shortly after the hour mark.
However, the Arsenal boss still appears to be on thin ice, with the ongoing speculation over his job security running rife.
It has been suggested that Arteta could be sacked if he is unable to turn the club’s form around over the next few months.
It seems as though club chiefs have already drawn up a list of potential replacements in the event of a premature exit, with two standout candidates reportedly at the top of the order.
Brighton and Hove Albion boss Graham Potter is under consideration, while Thomas Frank of Brentford has also been earmarked as a priority target, according to TEAMtalk.
The report claims that Edu and the rest of Arsenal’s hierarchy are not preparing to make an immediate change in the dugout after just four games of the new Premier League season.
However, tensions are beginning to flare behind closed doors as a result of the club’s poor form despite their lavish summer spending spree.
Arsenal splashed more than £150million on the signing of Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale before the end of the window.
If Arteta is relieved of his duties over the coming months, it is claimed that Potter and Frank could be pursued by Arsenal in order to replace the Spaniard.
The pair are widely regarded as two of the most impressive coaches in English football, with both managers known for their respective attacking styles.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will decide to stick with Arteta after Saturday’s win or bring in a new boss before the end of the season.
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Former Gunners defender Mikael Silvestre recently suggested that he should be given time to implement his long-term vision for the club before any drastic decisions are made.
“Everyone was wishing for Arsene [Wenger] to leave,” Silvestre told Goal earlier this month.
“But the question is do you give more time for Arteta to put this club together?
“We have to realise that the team and the squad wasn’t 100 per cent ready, there were injuries, Covid issues for the start of the season.
“There are a lot of things that need to be addressed quickly [but] I am always in favour of giving the manager more time.
“After the derby, then it will be time to assess if there was any progression. Forget the results, there should be some progress on the pitch if everyone is fit and ready in the starting XI.
“If there is no progress, then the question will be asked.”