TalkSport pundit Trevor Sinclair has dropped a worrying claim when it comes to Mikel Arteta and his future at Arsenal.
The Gunners beat West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday to bounce back from their draw against Villarreal last week that saw them get knocked out of the Europa League and leaving them likely to be without European football for the first time since 1995.
It was a result which has piled the pressure on Arteta to try and correct things at the club after such a poor season, and speaking on the TalkSport Gameday podcast (48:24), Sinclair felt that we could already be seeing the beginning of the end for the Spaniard at the Emirates based on his demeanour:
“I looked at Arteta and he looked like a broken man. He didn’t seem to have answers, he’d lost his composure because he’s usually quite a good guy to interview and you listen to the sound bites, and he comes out with a lot of impressive stuff.
“I thought he struggled. And I think that, usually when you see a manager and they don’t really know how to get out of the situation they’re in, that’s the first tell-tale sign.
“And unfortunately, I feel we’ve seen the first tell-tale sign that Arteta is out of his depth, he’s 38 years old, it’s his first managerial job, I know he’s worked under Pep, but this is his first managerial job.
“He is trying to take over a club with so much history and so much expectation. I just don’t think he’s got the experience to do that. And for me, it’s too big the job.”
Do you think Arteta should leave?
No, he needs more time
Yes, he has taken us as far as he can
TIF Thoughts on Trevor Sinclair’s comments about Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta
Arteta’s future will really come down to what the board at the club want moving forward. If this is part of some long-term plan, then there might not be that much expectation put on him immediately so long as there is progress next season.
But if the club want to get back to their old ways quickly, and with their financial situation you’d imagine so, then the pressure and the demands from the club are going to start piling up on him heading into next season, and if things don’t look good straight away, then you wouldn’t blame Arsenal for deciding to move on and trying to start things all over again with another manager at the helm.