Mikel Arteta has had a ‘free hit up until now’ but job is now on the line

Dean Jones claims that he understands that Mikel Arteta‘s job is now under more scrutiny than previous seasons, with the Arsenal hierarchy expecting results.

The Gunners started their campaign with three consecutive league losses, but there are valid excuses for those, losing a number of players in the build up to the clash including Thomas Partey, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

We then lost Ben White also, two days before we had to take on Chelsea who are more than strong enough to beat any team in the world regardless, and playing away against Man City also speaks for itself.

That leaves us under pressure to get the right result this weekend however, when we take on Norwich at the Emirates, with both sides in desperate need of their first league points of the term.

Jones insists that the manager cannot afford to be patient however with the need to turn the season around, stating that ‘things have changed for him’ as he has plenty time to settle in at this point.

“It’s a really big two or three months for the club,” Jones told GiveMeSport. “It’s a huge moment for Arteta to try and get things back on track. I’ve been told pretty clearly that things have changed for him this season.

“He’s been given a free hit up until now and offered time to settle but I think if Arsenal are in this situation for a couple more months, maybe not even that, then they will have to start questioning whether he is the right man for the job.

“They would actually change managers.”

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  1. To me if we play poorly against Norwich then he has got to go.
    He has had enough chances to show any progress but he seems to be failing.

    Arteta can’t blame anyone else but himself. He has been given so much leeway by the club and fans since 2019.

    Now is the time to get serious.

  2. It’s a matter of time before he goes. He’s got no excuse. He’s been given enough funds to acquire players of his choice. If the players fails, then the bug stops with the Manager

  3. With the absence of Lacazette and Auba, the starting 11 were supposed to beat Brentford convincingly. Arteta lacks football knowledge

  4. Arteta should be sacked if we loose / draw against Norwich, we need a 3-4-3 /4-2-3-1 formation against Norwich or any other team, all the energy we got also,

    IMO, it should be ;









    I prefer Arteta plays Pepe behind the striker, he’s our best goal scorer and would cause a lot of fouls in the opponents half of the pitch.

    1. The problem of Arsenal is beyond clamouring for the Sack of Areteta. We need to be patient with him. Things can change but not over night. he is a good coach and he knows the job

  5. I also believe that timeeis fast running out for MA to turn our fortunes around But I am prepared to bet it wilL not happen immediately after he Norwch game, even if we lose, as I FIRMLY DO NOT EXPECT. I think we will steadily improve our Prem position week by week with the occasional setback.

    But end of the season will be the time the club will decide IMO. Possibly it could be around Christmas instead but, on balance, I go with end of the season. And who knows where we will be then ? I suggest not a single Gooner can be SURE, either way.

    I DO NOT RULE OUT a longer contract for MA next summer. Unlikely I think, but NOT impossible.

  6. I didn’t expect a result at Man City but the manner of the defeat was hard to excuse. We literally surrendered after they scored the first goal. As for MA I think it’s unlikely he’ll be replaced before the end of the year unless the current trend continues. With Norwich, Burnley & Palace in our next four games, it is unlikely. Probably a draw against the Spuds!

  7. Someone who is one and half years in charge Of Arsenal still needs time for you to understand his style of play? Mediocrity has really eaten deep into the bone marrow indeed. Someone who is relying on players who failed last season is not a serious manager that can take Arsenal forward.

  8. If the club decide to change managers then I’d hope they wouldn’t do what they did with Emery – which looked very much like a knee jerk reaction. Got rid and then dithered with Freddie before installing MA
    If he goes then a credible plan b has to be already in place and a plan that the supporters can get behind and believe in. Not easy if the best are already gainfully employed

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