The fact that Arsenal’s season cannot be described as successful is pretty obvious, and with that in mind, the rumours about the club considering parting ways with manager Mikel Arteta, though noted, haven’t been able to gather pace so far.
However, it seems some ‘outlets’ feel it’s time they had another go. The rumour comes from Italy this time, and it involves not only Arsenal, but fellow Europa League semifinalists AS Roma. Apparently, the Gunners are supposed to have made a list of potential replacements for Arteta, and one of the names there is Roma boss Paulo Fonseca. That is according to TuttoMercatoWeb, who also claim the club hierarchy are not happy with Arteta’s work and the lack of progress under his command. They also say that at this point, only lifting the Europa League trophy could save Arteta his job.
There is a feeling that some of these insinuations are based in a realistic look at the club, especially the position the team occupies in the Premier League at the moment – 10th – which is certainly not where they want to be. However, information like this is highly unlikely to be leaked from any source connected to the club ahead of the Europa League semifinals. Quite apart from that, Stan and Josh Kroenke promised on the back of the failed ‘European Super League project only a few days ago, to back Arteta heavily in the upcoming transfer window. They’ve also rejected any possibility of selling the club amid reports of a group led by Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek preparing a tempting offer.
Most likely, this whole story is being fabricated at this particular moment to try and steal some of attention attracted by the upcoming Europa League semifinals, with both Arsenal and Roma, along with Manchester United and Villarreal, in the spotlight right now. Funnily enough, the story doesn’t mention any names other than Fonseca on the fabled ‘list’.