Arsenal are fighting for the third consecutive season under Mikel Arteta. After back to back 8e place ends, the pressure is on the Spaniard to ensure a return to European action as soon as possible.
However, the club have shown that if the coaches do not live up to expectations they will be ready to cut the cord. Unai Emery was ousted from his role at Arsenal despite reaching a Europa League final and finishing in a top 4 place a few months earlier.
Arteta is doing much worse in competition, but there seems to be an understanding of the level of work he takes to turn the club around. But with more than £ 220million spent on players later, the club has 12e in the league after 8 games for only 7 goals.
The possibility of Arteta being sacked remains unlikely, however, as the club are said to be behind the Spaniard.
For Arsenal fans hoping to see some form of leadership change, the odds have diminished with the still intriguing situation at Newcastle.
Recently taken over by a Saudi-led consortium of Amanda Staveley’s design, the Magpies have just left Steve Bruce after the head coach left by mutual agreement.
Looking for a replacement meant that if Arsenal left Arteta today they would be in direct competition with Newcastle for a new manager.
Staveley spoke of the ambition to bring Newcastle back to Europe and as a result any manager would be given similar goals to Arsenal.
If Arsenal had contingency plans in case Arteta’s situation does not improve, they may want to wait for Newcastle to name a replacement. Then position themselves to make sure they bring in a coach with more experience and a higher success rate.
Although with the club’s openness to appointing someone of Arteta’s inexperience, there is no guarantee that they would follow the path of pedigree for his eventual successor.
What is different this time around is the structure at the management level. Raul Sanllehi is no longer in charge of football, Josh Kroenke is much more involved and Edu, as technical director, has been instrumental in building the squad.
Edu would surely want to be a decisive figure in appointing any future Arteta replacement to accommodate the players he has helped bring into the squad.
Still, that being said, the likelihood of Arteta’s tenure at the club ending before the end of the season remains slim, unless in significantly poor form.
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