What a difference four months can make in football. Back in August, Arsenal were arguably the most impressive team in the country. We beat Manchester United and Liverpool in the Premier League and also picked up wins against Manchester City and Chelsea to lift the FA Cup.
Arsenal were a team on the rise, and the summer transfer window further increased that belief. Thomas Partey, Gabriel and Willian’s arrivals made us a lot stronger on paper, and it was our season to shine.
However, it has been a total disaster. The Gunners have won just four of their opening 12 games in the Premier League. This is our worst start to a season in over 45 years, and Mikel Arteta is under serious pressure.
Should Arsenal sack Mikel Arteta?
A section of our fan base, the media and a few pundits are calling for Arteta’s head already. The FA Cup and the Community Shield triumphs are a distant memory now, and recent results show that we are simply not good enough in the Premier League.
Arteta is even faring worse than Unai Emery at the moment. The former Arsenal boss was sacked despite having a better record, and that is the main argument of people who want the current manager out.
However, sacking Arteta immediately would be a disastrous move by Edu and the Kroenke’s at this moment in time.
Yes, we look awful on the pitch, yes, the stats and the league table are completely against Arteta and yes, not many managers at a top club would survive a start as bad as this after spending a lot of money in the summer. But, sacking Arteta is not the solution.
Getting rid of the Arsenal boss and bringing someone else might change things immediately, but it is hugely detrimental in the long term. We will get into the habit of changing managers every 12-18 months at that rate, almost like Manchester United.
Sacking Arteta will make Arsenal the new Man United
The Red Devils were clearly the most dominant team in the country under Sir Alex Ferguson. It was always going to be tough to replace the legendary Scotsman, but the way Manchester United have handled it has been abysmal.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all come and gone with little to no success. Yes, the Dutchman won the FA Cup and the Spurs boss won the Europa League with them, but they did more bad than good before they faced the sack.
The media made everyone believe that Arsenal were a team in crisis regularly over the last seven years. Arsene Wenger’s latter years were heavily criticised, Unai Emery was labelled as a flop and Arteta is on the verge of receiving the same treatment.
However, Arsenal have fared much better than United since Fergie left. They have finished above us just twice since they last won the league, and we have lifted more trophies than them as well over the last seven years.
Sacking Arteta will not fix everything
Manchester United are proof that sacking a manager is not always the best option. A new boss might come in and solve things temporarily, but the same problems will come up a year later, and the board will have no choice but make the same mistake yet again.
This isn’t to say that Arteta should keep his job no matter what. The Arsenal boss should be given at least until the end of the January window to get us back to a respectable position in the Premier League.
If he doesn’t then, Arsenal will have no option but to show him the door. However, sacking him right away will put is in the same position as Manchester United, and despite where they are in the league now, there isn’t an awful lot of difference in quality between the two teams.