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David Ornstein shares what Arsenal hierarchy have decided about Mikel Arteta's future

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein featured on Sky Sports this morning to deliver an update on the Arsenal hierarchy’s stance on Mikel Arteta’s future.

The Gunners boss is under immense pressure now after getting knocked out of the Europa League last night. Arsenal’s chances of getting back into Europe next season look extremely slim at this point, and some fans are turning on Arteta.

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If the Spaniard is to be judged by results and results only, you can’t really make a case for him. A mid-table finish in the league and no trophies in other competitions is a really bad look for Arsenal, and at the end of the day, it’s the manager’s fault.

However, Ornstein has revealed that Arsenal chiefs will continue to back Arteta. He claims that the Spaniard’s job is not under threat, and he will be given more time to succeed at the Emirates.

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Ornstein said: “Arsenal continue to back Mikel Arteta. I’ve certainly heard no suggestions to the contrary. It’s clear that the pressure is on him, it’s on many people at Arsenal, he admitted that last night. There are an increasing number of fans that seem to be turning against him.

“He’s certainly not faultless. You can question quite a lot of the decisions we’ve seen, especially in the two legs of the Europa League – team selection, substitutions, tactics. We’re not privy to the thinking behind all of those decisions, he’s had some bad luck as well like with Xhaka (last night).

“Arsenal seem to think in the hierarchy that Arteta is part of the solution, not a key part of the problem. There’s a lot else that needs to change at the club. I think it would be fair on Mikel Arteta, in the view of the Arsenal hierarchy, to allow him this summer transfer window and longer to prove that he can be a success at Arsenal.

“So, I don’t think his position is under threat despite some quite intense pressure that is coming on him now.”

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The Insider’s View:

In terms of what has happened on the pitch, Arteta doesn’t really have a leg to stand on. This will be our worst season in over two decades and there is no guarantee that things will not get worse in the coming weeks.

Arsenal are currently seven points behind sixth-place Tottenham. We will have to win all of our remaining games to have any chance of qualifying for Europe, but considering how poor we’ve been this term, you wouldn’t bet any money on us.

Sacking Arteta would be the easy thing to do now, but we all know that Arsenal’s problems run a lot deeper than just the manager. Even if the Spaniard is sacked, we can’t really trust our board to bring in a top-quality replacement, can we?

It will be interesting to see how things pan out in the coming weeks and months. If Ornstein’s words are anything go by, Arteta’s going nowhere.

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