Arsenal can’t go a full season under Mikel Arteta, unless results quickly turn around.
That’s the view of Gunners favourite Perry Groves, who believes the Spaniard could be sacked if their torrid run of form continues over the festive period.
Arteta has only just brought up his one-year anniversary, but is facing increasing scrutiny after a wretched run of results.
In just 14 Premier League games Arteta has overseen eight defeats, including four on the spin at the Emirates.
Technical director Edu has given the Arsenal boss a vote of confidence, but Groves believes more losses could change the situation.
He told talkSPORT : “If these lacklustre performances continue over the next three games, are Arsenal fans telling me they’d stick with Arteta?
“I’ve always said a manager should have three transfer windows to get the players in and get the players out, and one full season – that’s when you judge him.
“But if things are that dire, that bad, you can’t go a full season.”
One thing going against Arteta is the toxic atmosphere in the dressing room, caused by factions within the squad.
He’s been told it’s something he must address urgently if he is to keep his job and Groves has taken aim at the underperforming Arsenal players.
“I hope he turns it around, but if he doesn’t get better performances… Southampton played us off the park, we didn’t get anywhere near them, and that’s them coming to the Emirates,” he added.
“Arteta has lost his clear thought process and the players aren’t closing down and they’re not tracking back.
“This is the same group of players that won the FA Cup!”
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The latest defeat, a 2-1 reversal against Everton, leaves the Gunners 15th in the Premier League, without a win since November 1, but Arteta has said he is still ready to fight to turn it around.
“You have two types of people: fighters and victims,” he said.
“You need fighters and you don’t want any victims. Victims bring excuses, victims bring negativity and they start to blame anything that is happening around them or is not going their way.
“You need people who fight, people who contribute and people who are ready to give everything to the club in this moment.”
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