Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has advised Arsenal’s chiefs to not even consider sacking Mikel Arteta despite the rough run we are currently on.
Just four wins in our first 12 games is a shocking record for a team aiming to qualify for the Champions League next season. Arsenal can’t seem to buy a goal at the moment and keeping clean sheets isn’t our strong suit either.
That has pushed us down to 15th in the Premier League table, just four points above the relegation zone. The pressure is mounting on Arteta’s shoulders, but Guardiola believes that Arsenal will not find a better man for the job than his former assistant.
He said, as per The Mirror: “Arsenal doesn’t have a better manager that leads this club – in this year and the next – that is better than him. I don’t have to give publicly my support because he has it and he knows that he has it.”
“He’s one of the best managers I’ve ever worked with, of course, and seen directly. I’m pretty sure he will turn over and will do it like everyone expects. But sometimes when a club comes from not a good period, sometimes it needs time.”
“I would say [if I was] part of the board at Arsenal, I will not have any doubts about his quality and capacity to put Arsenal in the place like Arsenal deserves to be.”
Is Arteta’s job at risk?
Arteta has the backing of Guardiola and the Arsenal board at the moment, but the latter could change very quickly. We need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. If we don’t, the Kroenke’s will be under extreme pressure to change things at the club.
Arsenal have five extremely difficult games remaining this year. We face high-flyers Southampton and Everton next, followed by games against Manchester City and Chelsea either side of Christmas. We take on Brighton to end the year and that could well be Arteta’s final game if things don’t change.
However, the Arsenal boss should be given at least until the end of the January window. A couple of quality signings next month could give us the boost we need, and Arteta has earned the right to stay until then after everything he achieved last season.