Mikel Arteta’s sack is reportedly on cards if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
Five consecutive league victories between February 10 and March 13 boosted Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four, but two defeats in their last three games, including a 3-0 away loss to Crystal Palace on Monday, have allowed North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to leapfrog them in the table.
Arsenal are now in fifth position in the Premier League, level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand, while West Ham United and Manchester United are three points further adrift after each having played at least one more game.
The Gunners still have games against Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur, all of which could determine their European fate.
According to football.london writer Tom Canton, the possibility of Mikel Arteta’s sack could be on the cards if Arsenal are unable to qualify for the Champions League.
Canton adds, however, that relieving the Spaniard of his duties may not be the wisest move as it could potentially unravel the forward-thinking foundations laid down by the 40-year-old.
Arteta, who has been in charge of the Gunners since October 2019, is currently under contract at the Emirates Stadium until June 2023.