According to sources, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and technical director Edu have agreed to fire Mikel Arteta later this year if the team remains in the Premier League’s middle tier. The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League this week, and they face a season in which they finish in the bottom half of the table.
For the time being, Arteta’s job at the Emirates is secured, but the burden on the Gunners manager is increasing.
Arsenal was knocked out of the Champions League this week by Villareal in a frustrating night for the club.
Despite only having one goal to advance to an all-English final against Manchester United, the Gunners managed only one shot on target in the semi-final second leg on Thursday night.
This outcome, combined with a poor Premier League season, has increased the pressure on Arteta.
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The manager’s contract runs until 2023, but rumors have surfaced since Thursday night suggesting that Arsenal could terminate his employment early.
Arteta has risen to the top of the betting odds to be the next Premier League boss to depart, with reports suggesting he will be fired by Arsenal at the end of the season.
The Sun, on the other hand, believes that his career is secure for the time being.
Arsenal’s board of directors is expected to approve a large-scale shopping spree this summer. The approval will be to strengthen the roster for next season.
However, if Arsenal remains in mid-table at the end of the season, the club will part ways with the former midfielder.
Edu and Kroenke seem to believe he is the right man to lead the club in the future.
Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Europa League are slim to none, including their six-point deficit to fifth-placed West Ham.
They’ll have to beat Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, and David Moyes’ high-flying Hammers. The only if they want to finish in the top five.
Arteta tended to blame club legend Arsene Wenger for the club’s downward spiral. In the wake of their Europa League exit.
He said, “It’s been five years since we’ve competed with the best clubs in the world. This phase did not begin six months ago; it began five years ago, and you can see the pattern. This isn’t the first year. I believe that a project has stages. And I am telling you that we are in a much stronger shape today. We can go where we want to go quickly if we do what we need to do.”