The 2021-22 season for Arsenal hardly got off to a good start. It fact, it can be argued that things could hardly have turned out worse so far, with Mikel Arteta’s team sitting at the bottom of the Premier League table without any points, or even goals scored.
There have been reports lately suggesting the pressure on Arteta has risen significantly, and even hinting the Spaniard could be sacked if the results don’t pick up soon. Following losses to newly promoted Brentford, Champions League holders Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City, it’s Norwich City at the Emirates next, the team sitting directly above in the table.
The name that has been popping up here and there regarding possible replacement for Arteta is Antonio Conte, though according to the Mirror, the club are still backing the manager to set matters right and they have made no approach to the former Juventus, Italy, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss.
Conte is certainly a highly rated manager, and given the fact that he is now without a club, the links are understandable up to a point. However, it seems there is nothing in them for the time being. Technical director Edu, for his part, has urged the fans to be patient, pointing out that time is needed for the plans that have been put into action to come to fruition. However, many are questioning even the job the Brazilian has been doing at the club, which comes as no surprise at this point.
It could be argued that the matches against Chelsea and Manchester City aren’t something to be judged on, though the defeat to Arteta’s former employers saw the team put in one of the worst performances in recent memory. City never looked to have shifted from second gear, but they dominated the proceedings comfortably, particularly after the sending off of Granit Xhaka in the 35th minute.
Be that as it may, there can be no excuses when the Canaries come on Saturday afternoon – this is a match that simply must be won.