Tuesday, 1 December 2020

From FA Cup hero to worst-ever Premier League start: Should Arsenal sack Arteta?

The Gunners boss is coming under increasing pressure after five defeats in eight league matches for the Emirates Stadium outfit

Four months is a long time in football - just ask Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal’s manager was lifting the FA Cup at Wembley on August 1, but now - as we enter December - he is already facing questions about his future less than a year on from replacing Unai Emery in north London.

“The day I decided to become a coach, I knew that one day I would be sacked or I would leave the football club,” Arteta said in the aftermath of Sunday’s night’s 2-1 defeat by Wolves when asked whether he feared losing his job.

 “I don't know if that will be the day I sign my contract or in a month's time, a year's time or in six months, so I never worry about that. 

“My only concern is to get the best out of the players, give the best possible service to the club and become better and better. 

“I know one day I will get the sack, I will leave, but I don't know when that is going to happen.”

If you wind the clock back four months to when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double saw off Chelsea and secured Arsenal’s 14th FA Cup success, few would have predicted that Arteta would find himself under this much pressure before the year was even out.

But that is the position he now finds himself in following Sunday’s performance and result at the Emirates Stadium.


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