Sky Sports pundit explains exactly what will happen if Arsenal sack Arteta
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Sky pundit explains exactly what will happen if Arsenal sack Arteta

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Jamie Redknapp spoke on Sky Sports about Mikel Arteta’s future at the Emirates after Arsenal’s defeat last night.

Arsenal haven’t won a game against English opposition since the start of November. We are currently 15th in the table, and another defeat on Saturday could push us down to the bottom three.

In moments like these, the manager is often at the end of criticism. Arteta is under a lot of pressure from fans and the media, and if things don’t improve in the coming weeks, Arsenal’s board will have no choice but to show him the door.

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Redknapp addressed the possibility of Arteta facing the sack. The former Liverpool midfielder believes that nothing will change if a new manager comes in as Arsenal only have three or four players who can be trusted.

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Redknapp: Sacking Arteta will change nothing

He said, as per The Evening Standard: “People will say: ‘Will he lose his job?’ Of course you could go and sack the manager, but the thing is there’s only a group of three or four players who the manager could trust.”

“Whoever comes in next, David Luiz probably won’t play well for 10 or 11 games but he’ll think: ‘He’s a good player’ and he’ll start making mistakes because he’ll get bored. He’ll have Granit Xhaka, thinking: ‘Wow, he’s a good player’ and then he’ll get sent off.”

“The manager will probably bring in [Mesut] Ozil and think he shouldn’t have been left out in the first place. He’ll play well a couple of games and won’t track back and get bored and then that will be the problems for this team.”

“There are too many of them, who no matter what you do, they will let you down. It’s a team full of kidders right now and I feel for the young players.”

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Redknapp is spot on

Yes, it would be very easy to get rid of Arteta, just like we did with Unai Emery. However, there are problems at the club that go a lot deeper than just the boss, and that won’t go away if we keep changing our managers.

Just look at Manchester United. They are under their fifth manager (including Ryan Giggs) since Sir Alex Ferguson left, and they are still yet to get back to their best. Even Arteta has an unbeaten record against the Red Devils as a manager, which says a lot.

Sacking Arteta will only be a temporary fix. The new manager who will come in might give us a temporary lift, but he will likely end up in the same position one year down the line.

Arsenal need to stick with Arteta. The board have to back him in January and get him the players he needs. If he still can’t change things around, we will have no choice but to sack him, but kicking him out before giving him at least until the end of next month will solve absolutely nothing.

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