May 9, 2021

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Former West Ham striker claims Mikel Arteta could be sacked this week

Former Celtic and West Ham forward Frank McAvennie believes Mikel Arteta will be sacked by Arsenal if the Gunners lose to Villarreal on Thursday.

Arteta has been under immense pressure so far this season, with Arsenal currently 9th in the Premier League table.

The Gunners also face a Europa League exit this week, following a 2-1 loss to Villarreal in the first leg of their semi-final clash.

Thursday’s loss would essentially make Arsenal’s season a big failure, and former West Ham forward Frank McAvennie believes that would mean the end of Arteta’s tenure.

Asked by Football Insider whether Arteta would be sacked if Arsenal lost on Thursday, McAvennie said: “I think so “.

“Arteta will have known, he knows the risk. He knew that when he took the job. It is the nature of sport.

“I don’t think it will worry him too much, this is the only job in the world where you are rewarded for failure.

“I think he’s a good guy, a good coach. He tries to do things his own way, but it just doesn’t work.

“He had key players out, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Kieran] Tierney. But there are a lot of boys at Arsenal who just aren’t good enough.

“But no Europe next year and no trophies, I think that’s enough.”

SL View – Does Arteta deserve to be sacked if Arsenal lose on Thursday?

It’s safe to say this campaign hasn’t gone as planned for Arteta and Arsenal.

The Gunners simply haven’t played for long stretches of the season, despite some isolated positive performances against Tottenham, Chelsea and Leicester City.

Since Arteta took over in the middle of last season, Arsenal also appear to have slipped back in terms of quality.

The Spaniard has failed to make the most of his star players, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has disappointed in recent months.

While Arsenal fans understood the level of rebuilding needed when he took over, a lack of progress under Arteta suggests they should take a different approach this summer.

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