Will fan pressure decide Arteta’s future as Arsenal boss?

Pablo Zabaleta has claimed that it is difficult for managers to survive when the fans are calling their heads after losses, and Mikel Arteta‘s Arsenal job is definitely under pressure.

The team has one win from their last seven Premier League matches, and have fallen down to 15th place in the division, which will naturally cause a stir.

They have somehow managed to retain a 100% record in Europe however, somewhat helped by a favourable group draw initially, but that should show you that morale is not a huge issue at least.

When things are going wrong, it is easy to turn on the man who could be to blame, and while we haven’t completely turned on Arteta, he is definitely in the crosshairs, and further losses in the near future will no doubt fuel that.

Pablo Zabaleta states that it is the fans who could well prove to be the end of the Spaniard’s time in charge, but promises them that Mikel is the right man for the job, albeit needing help from those higher up.

“If you look on social media after Arsenal lose two or three games, their fans want their manager out,” Pablo told Ladbrokes News. “But who do you bring in? It’s very difficult. Fans don’t have patience. They want to see their team winning every weekend. But to Arsenal fans I would say this: Arteta is the right man.

“It’s just a matter of time, and hopefully in January the board can give him some money to bring in two or three top names. That’s the only way they’re going to get to where the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool are.

“When you look at Liverpool, they spend £50m on a goalkeeper, £80m on a defender, but you don’t see this at Arsenal. OK, they gave a new contract to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but he’s not the only one; he can’t do it on his own. Alongside him he needs top players to increase creativity and ultimately score more goals.

“I’m not saying they have bad players. When you look at their squad, they have lots of good players, who all play at an international level, but their players are not at the level of the likes of Liverpool.”

Arteta definitely has a task ask turning our current squad into world beaters, but given the backing he has had, you cannot blame us for wanting more.

Do we still believe Mikel is the man for the job? How much more time can we give him with the results going this way?


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  1. Shortboygooner says:

    He is not and never was the man for the job. Its like putting a teenager into a farari. Ofc he is gonna crash

  2. Victor says:

    Not the right manager. Hey a decent bloke who talks a good game but that’s about it really.

  3. Durand says:

    Excuses starting to pile up. How many hundreds of millions have been spent on players? Club resigned Auba one of the best goal scorers last several years. Actually won golden boot and missed last year by 1 goal to Vardy.

    Did management force Xhaka to stay? Or start all these games? Did they force Willian on Arteta? How about Soares or Mari?

    Also we have best B2B midfielder in the world (Partey), Gabriel looks a brilliant purchase.

    Tierney brought in before Arteta, but Arteta chooses to play him as LCB more than LB; who’s to blame there?

    Bellerin weak defender, 5 foul throw-ins, yet still starts.

    Our record is from poor selections & tactics by inexperienced manager and not playing to players strengths. Endless crosses towards Auba & Laca shows this.

    It’s not 2 straight losses making fans moan, it’s 6 of 11. It’s lack of any style or direction. 1 year in & what is Arteta’s style? Nevermind his long term plan, what’s his short term plan?

    Weeks now & his solution to scoring woes is more control less player freedom, send 44 crosses into the box, and time of possession without purpose or drive.

    Arteta has designed his house of horrors, don’t try & shift to owners not spending or selecting players.

    1. siamois says:

      I guess it is easier to still blame Wenger isn’t it?

      1. John Ibrahim says:

        lets blame Dein too

        its his fault for leaving the club and etc

  4. JOEL says:

    Arteta will effectively decide his own fate.A reasonably assured start with a defined plan has been replaced by an ad hoc playing style that is very much a “jack of all trades and master of none”!..In a similar fashion to his predecessors he doesn’t seem to be learning from his mistakes…If he’s able to take on board the fact that so called “senior players” (Xhaka,Bellerin,Lacazette,Willian) are not up to the job and the current tactics and formation need to be reworked,then he might survive and move the team forward.If he persists with this half baked partial press;a back four without Partey to protect it and a forward dynamic which is ponderous and lacking any degree of cutting edge then this team will continue to fire blanks.
    Last Season Arteta managed to get as much of a response from Xhaka, Cebellos,Lacazette and Bellerin as they were capable of giving.Having won the FA Cup he should have said “thanks guys” and swiftly moved them all off.Unfortunately this success and his promotion from Coach to Manager seemed to go to his head and the result as we have seen is a complete mess which now compares to that left in Emery’s wake.
    I was hoping that Thursday’s Europa Team and formation would indicate a desire to finally replace his inept favourites with players more determined to put in the yards.Unfortunately this wasn’t the case with AMN still marginalised on the left ; the likes of Balogun still deemed to below the mediocre Neketiah in the team pecking order and Cebellos and his woeful passing still featuring in the Arsenal midfield.Surely Arteta must be beginning to see that things need to change…and quickly!!

  5. Grandad says:

    While I agree with a lot of what you say Joel, perhaps you could explain how we ” swiftly move on” our mediocre performers ? Clubs will not exactly be lining up to sign the likes of Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Xhaka , Bellerin and even Lacazette, will they?

    1. SueP says:

      This is at the heart of the matter.

    2. Shortboygooner says:

      All of those players have been linked with other teams at some point. I think the point is that he should have shifted them in the summer. I think most of them had interest in the summer

    3. John Ibrahim says:

      you need to watch the games as some of the players you mentioned have played well

  6. Armoury says:

    Arsenal has got decent individual players, but Arteta is failing to use their potential. Don’t make comparison with Chelsea because they didn’t sign any player last season, but they finished in top4. They were also led by a rookie like Arteta. We are tired of excuses. Arteta has decided his fate by losing games. He should just vacate that seat because it’s too big for him

    1. SueP says:

      Weren’t Chelsea in a better position anyway, before the transfer ban? Lampard also has an owner who will commit large sums to improve the squad; an owner who has got a fair idea about ‘soccer’, unlike Kroenke.

      1. Shortboygooner says:

        Kreonke is not the best owner but arsenal has had funds put in. Alot of poor choices. I think the choices from above afteta are out of his hands. But alot of choices are in his hands for example the team selection. Stop picking xaka, willian, lacca, bellering. Simple

        1. SueP says:

          Who would you pick instead? Any of the ones you choose are not a nailed on dead cert to do any better

        2. John Ibrahim says:

          seems like you have not been watching the games but picking players based on media and fans

  7. Jah son says:

    At Grandad
    If not most of all the players you listed above had offers in the last transfer market

  8. Chuma Ikeazor says:

    Seeing how he started, I believe he knows the job, yes 5 losses are way too much but any experiment takes a while to be proven; when we went for him, we knew that he has to be fully supported and possibly nurtured as well for results to come in the long term,
    We had options to appoint an experienced coach but felt we needed more than a quick fix, the club like him, the players respects him, many of us the fans want him to succeed, therefore, let us ride with him.

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