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23rd Aug 2021

Mikel Arteta has until October to turn things around at Arsenal

Simon Lloyd

Two games. Two. Games.

Okay, okay. We know it’s far too early in the season to be jumping to conclusions, but given all that’s gone on at Arsenal in recent years, you can completely understand why, after just two games, people are already tipping Mikel Arteta to be the first managerial casualty of the new season.

Having lost their opener to Brentford over a week ago, Arsenal were outclassed at home by Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. With Manchester City next up, it’s hard to see the situation improving for them any time soon.

How long Arteta will be given remains to be seen, but, according to The Telegraph, patience already appears to be wearing thin. So thin, in fact, that it’s claimed he has until the second international break to turn things around or face a battle to save his job.

The Spaniard was confronted by angry supporters after the defeat to Chelsea, who claimed victory through first-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James.

Arteta has been in charge since December 2019, but his side have failed to produce any consistency in that time. Despite spending £125m in the summer, they are yet to score a goal this season.

Arsenal’s difficult start to the season has been compounded by the fact several players have been unavailable for their opening fixtures.New signing Ben White missed the game against Chelsea due to testing positive for Covid.