Mikel Arteta says he’s not worried about being sacked at Arsenal because he knew the day would come after he agreed to become boss.
The Gunners manager made the admission following his side’s 2-1 defeat by Wolves at the Emirates on Sunday night.
Arsenal were second-best all night as they lost their fifth match of the Premier League season, seeing them drop to 14th.
Arteta was asked if he believes his job is in jeopardy following the fixture, and responded in a calm and realistic fashion.
The Arsenal boss explained: “It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach I know that one day I will be sacked or leave the football club.
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“I don’t know if it’s the day after I sign my contract, in a month’s time, a year’s time or six months’ time. I never worry about it.
“My only concern is to get the best out of the players, give the best possible service to the club and become better and better.
“I know, I repeat, in this profession, one day I will get the sack or leave but I don’t know when that is going to happen.”
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane was less sympathetic towards Arteta’s current plight, joking they’ll probably stay up this season.
“[Every game] seems big at the moment, obviously,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
“Maybe that might be the best game for them to have next week – a derby. Obviously there’s no supporters there, going away, maybe less pressure than at home.
“But they still have enough to stay up I think, they’ll still be strong enough to stay in the division.”
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