Mikel Arteta sent four-week warning as Arsenal boss continues to face sack pressure
Arsenal: Arteta reflects on first year in charge of Gunners
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been warned by another former Gunners captain that he may only have until the middle of January to turn things around and save his job. Arsenal are on a rotten run of just one win in their last nine Premier League matches.
Arteta’s side sit 15th in the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to his old team Everton.
Gunners technical director Edu has come out in defence of Arteta this week.
Edu said he is expecting a “big and beautiful future” under the Spaniard.
However, ex-Arsenal defender William Gallas reckons Arteta must see an upturn in results by this time next month or he could be out of a job.
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Gallas, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes, said: “I think by the middle of January the Arsenal board have some big decisions to make if things don’t change in the next few weeks, because otherwise the club will finish in the bottom half of the table.”
Arteta led Arsenal to a record 14th FA Cup triumph in August.
But Gallas believes his former side should be challenging for more prestigious honours.
He continued: “Yes, Arteta has won the FA Cup. That is great for him as manager in his first year, but do you think that’s what fans want?
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“Are they looking for the FA Cup or the Premier League? It’s obviously the Premier League; that’s what fans want to be challenging for.
“There’s a competition among fans who are all trying to win the league.
“Tottenham and Chelsea fans are right up there and Arsenal aren’t.
“Right now who is the best team in London? It’s Tottenham or Chelsea; not Arsenal.
“As a fan you’re frustrated. Arsenal are a big club; they have to be in a better position.”
Gallas hopes captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rallies the troops ahead of a busy period.
“I’m sure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have called the players together for a meeting as captain of Arsenal Football Club,” Gallas said.
“He has to bring everyone together face-to-face and explain to them how important it is they start getting results on the board.
“Whether you like the manager’s system or whether you don’t like it, that is not the problem.
“What we have to do as players is simple; we have to do our job. Our job is to give everything for 90 minutes and fight for every ball.”
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