Journalist Darren Lewis has spoken about Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and the pressure he should be under.
Arsenal’s season is hanging by a thread at this point following their draw with Slavia Prague in the Europa League last night, but even before that, their performance in the league has suggested that the club aren’t exactly making progress under the Spaniard.
The situation is made even worse when you consider that other teams such as Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are having bad campaigns and the Gunners haven’t been able to capitalise on it. And that’s why, speaking on the TalkSport Gameday podcast, Lewis said those reasons alone should be enough to question whether or not the club should stick with Arteta:
“People can say ‘oh, well, he needs 12 games and then you decide’ but Arsenal, can they afford to give a guy who was clearly struggling with that job, that length of time? They could be so far behind the other teams are making great progress.
“And you have to ask the question, how long do you give him? Because the other teams are going to make progress. Look at Spurs, Spurs have been a mess this season and Spurs are ahead of Arsenal and in with the shout of the Champions League, and that tells you just how bad Arsenal have been this season.”
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If Arsenal do get knocked out of the Europa League, and it should be noted that Lewis’ comments were recorded before their draw, then the club really do have a decision to make on whether or not Arteta is the man to take them forward, or if they press the reset button and start again, because after steadying the ship last season and winning the FA Cup, they have gone backwards.
And for a club that has high ambitions, it doesn’t yet look as if Arteta is the man that can deliver them, and it might be time to bring in someone with more of a proven track record that might give them a better shot of doing so.