Unless you’re a managerial powerhouse like Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, any coaching position, irrespective of the team or strategic mindset, would almost certainly result in dismissal. After all, just take a glance at Slaven Bilic, the first Premier League victim of the campaign, who was sacked just moments after West Brom drew 1-1 with Pep Guardiola’s City to salvage a draw.
Mikel Arteta: "I am desperate to have them back [in the stadium] because we really need them. This team really needs them." pic.twitter.com/XfGehIiVHe
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) April 24, 2021
Managing any club in the Premier League could be a tough ask because the fans and management do not usually give the coaches too much time to prove themselves. And it seems like time is running out for Arsenal’s coach Mikel Arteta.
WILL ARTETA BE SACKED?
The Gunners have had three different managers since their longest-serving manager, Arsene Wenger was shown the door. Arsenal have been erratic in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Despite victories over their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, they are still ninth in the Premier League table and are 9 points behind Chelsea, who is currently on 4th. And yesterday’s loss against arch-rivals Everton has dented their chances to make it to the top four.
Arsenal deservedly ahead. Super piece of forward play by Lacazette. Lack of anything so far from Chelsea.
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) January 19, 2019
The Gunners have shown good form in the Europa League but it hasn’t been able to hide the fact that they have suffered setbacks against a few lower-ranked teams. Arteta and Arsenal could win silverware this season if they get wins in the semi-finals and finals of the Europa League but their form suggests otherwise.
Mikel Arteta was able to save Arsenal from slipping into the lower part of the league in the first part of the season but hasn’t been able to revive their season completely.
Arsenal’s performances have been inconsistent this campaign, but they will do much better if they add a few more experienced defenders and midfielders.
ARSENAL AFTER UNAI EMERY
Arsenal’s hiring of Arteta almost a year ago appeared to defy a Premier League pattern of personnel transitions in the middle of the season. Not a fast turnaround, but a long-term strategy.
Welcome back, Mikel! 👋
Head coach of The Arsenal 👔 pic.twitter.com/lhsAfQ7cfq
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
From the ruins of Unai Emery’s empire, Pep Guardiola’s former deputy was to be given the freedom to create a fresh environment. What was meant to be a massive affair could conclude in only a season, in one of football’s tragic absurdities.
The irony that Theo Walcott was willing to rejoice his 1-1 tie with Southampton at the Emirates with such obvious disdain for his previous team was symbolic of just one element. Walcott moved away from the Gunners just a few years back, but it feels like a lifetime ago.
GOALLLLLLLL! THEO WALCOTT HAS SCORED AGAINST ARSENAL TO PUT SOUTHAMPTON AHEAD!
HE'S CELEBRATED IT AS WELL 😂😂😂😂😂
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) December 16, 2020
There have been frequent rumours that the team members have lost faith in Arteta. Senior officials question whether he has the necessary expertise to pull them out of this quagmire. Though his tenure at the Emirates has helped a few players to grow too, especially youngsters.
There are a few talented stars who have gained from his tenure, most notably Bukayo Saka, but those initial symptoms of success are doubtful to be enough if the team’s performances do not change.
Julian Nagelsmann of Die Roten Bullen, Diego Simeone of Los Rojiblancos, and even Steven Gerrard of Rangers are among the more promising candidates being aligned with the job if the 38-year-old is fired.
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is said to be one of the key coaches Arsenal will pursue if Mikel Arteta is fired. The man who led The Blues to a Premier League title hasn’t managed a team since Juventus and would be looking to redeem himself.
It would be hard to convince any of them to oversee a complete upheaval but the Herculean task may have an appeal. However, it’s still to be seen if Arteta will be given another shot if he conquers the Europa league or the Gunners will find someone else to change their fortunes.