Former England and Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole has admitted that Arsenal must defeat Norwich after international break or else Mikel Arteta risks losing his job.
Despite splashed out over £150million on sixth players during recently summer transfer window, Mikel Arteta’s men sit bottom of the league standings with three defeat from the three games.
Even they are yet to record a goal and already questions are starting to be asked of Mikel Arteta’s credentials.
Having lost to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, Joe Cole believes that anything less than victory over Norwich on September 11 is ‘probably the end’ for Arteta.
The ex-Chelsea midfielder told Coral via Metro: ‘The future at Arsenal is obviously up in the air. I know they’ve played Chelsea, they played Manchester City, the two best teams, but it’s the manner of both defeats.
‘They had all pre-season to prepare for the Brentford game and they got it wrong on the day because they weren’t at it mentally.
‘That has happened too much with Arsenal. That’s not Arteta’s fault. It’s been something that’s just been like damp getting into the woodwork at the club.
‘In the two defeats against the big boys, it was like they laid down and died.
‘I do like how Arteta has handled the situation. He is hardening as a manager, you can see that in him. So, I think he’s got that. He’s obviously a well-schooled coach because of his work with Pep. He’s a thoughtful guy.
‘He’s in the storm at the moment. He has to find a result against Norwich and if he doesn’t beat Norwich, I think it’s probably the end for him.’
Meanwhile, reports by Todo Fichajes, claimed the north London club are already making moves behind the scenes to replace former assistant manager of Manchester City, who is 39-year-old.
Firstly though the Spanish source are far from a reputable outlet, so the latest talk could well be make believe, but they reports that former Inter and Chelsea boss ‘Antonio Conte was contacted a little over a week ago’ after Arsenal’s first two Premier League defeats.
The reports explain in details that the Italian coach, who win seven major trophy in his coaching career, has ‘already closed a preliminary agreement’ with Arsenal.