Reliable journalist gives update on Arteta’s managerial position

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on December 6, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on December 6, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

Fabrizio Romano says Mikel Arteta isn’t currently at risk of losing his job as Arsenal manager, as the board want to give him time.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta reacts during the Premier League match on December 06, 2020. (Photo by Glyn Kirk – Pool/Getty Images)

Heading into Arsenal’s final game of the Europa League group stage on Thursday, the Gunners are the only team with a 100% record left in the entire competition. They’ve also reached the League Cup quarter-finals with wins over Leicester and Liverpool.

But things are far from rosy back in the Premier League. Arsenal have now lost more games (six) than their wins and draw combined (five).

Fans and pundits are starting to ask questions of manager Mikel Arteta, despite the fact he’s won a couple of pieces of silverware in his first 12 months in the job. Fabrizio Romano suggests the Arsenal board aren’t so keen to make a change just yet.

“I have been speaking with people around Arsenal and I always had the same feeling that there is no pressure or no risk for Arteta,” Romano said on the Arsenal Lounge (via HITC).

“They are so happy with him. You can think I’m crazy to say that they have no pressure after this bad moment for Arsenal.

“But they need time, this is the feeling from the board, sacking Arteta would be crazy at this time and destroy the club in their opinion. So they’re going to give him time to bring in players in January.”

If the hierarchy do decide to invest further in the team in January, it would certainly show faith in Arteta.

It would probably increase the pressure as well, removing the excuse that they aren’t his players. But hopefully, results would follow and he wouldn’t need an excuse anyway.