Mikel Arteta admits he could be sacked if he fails to get results
Mikel Arteta has admitted his Arsenal job could be at stake should his side fail to post good results in the coming weeks. Mikel Arteta has admitted he feels under more pressure following Arsenal’s defeat to Everton.
The Gunners have suffered eight defeats in just 14 Premier League matches, leaving them dangling close to the relegation zone. The side suffered a 2-1 defeat on Saturday, December 19, in the hands of Everton, with Nicolas Pepe’s penalty failing to rescue them from defeat.
Rob Holding had earlier handed the Toffees the lead after he directed the ball into his own net. Alan Shearer names one of the big 4 Premier League clubs that could be relegated after defeat to Everton Pepe went on to draw his side level from the spot before Terry Mina’s header in the closing stages of the tie condemned Arsenal to yet another defeat.
The result was enough to catapult Everton to second on the standings, while Arteta’s side hover just four points above the drop zone in 15th.
The recent streak of poor results has seen a number of fans and even pundits call for the axing of Arteta, with many raising questions if he is the right man for the job. The Spaniard, when prodded on the growing pressure to leave, he admitted his position could become “untenable.”
“I understand that. My energy and my focus is only on getting the team out of that situation, maintaining the spirit of the team.” He, however, insisted he is keen to get his side back to winning ways, adding his wards have always shown a fighting spirit on the pitch.
“But I am very encouraged from what I see from the players to try and continue doing what we are trying to do with things that of course we have to improve,” he added.
The north London dwellers are scheduled to take on Man City in their next match during the last four of the EFL Cup. The side will be desperate to register a favourable result for a chance to progress to the next round of the tournament.