Mikel Arteta is “out of his depth” at “poisoned chalice” Arsenal after a dismal start to the season, according to ESPN pundit Craig Burley.
The Gunners have suffered defeat to both Brentford and Chelsea in their opening two games, and are yet to register a single goal this season.
They will be looking to put that right on Wednesday night. Arteta is preparing his side to take on Championship big boys West Brom.
But the pressure is on Arteta. Burley claims Arteta is out of his depth at Arsenal and that the Gunners require a manager with more experience.
“This is club has been regressing for a long time. There is a lot of dead wood, some of it gone, some still there,” Burley told ESPN.
“I personally believe that we have a manager here who is out of his depth. You’re cutting your teeth at one one of the most-difficult jobs in England.
“He’s cutting his teeth at a poisoned chalice. That requires a lot more managerial nous. He doesn’t have it – nor the experience.”
Burley on Arteta: Do Arsenal need to start considering a replacement?
Without a doubt. While Arteta needs time to allow his new signings to gel, he is clearly struggling as manager. He lacks the ability to change a game.
Against Chelsea, the Blues were hammering Arsenal down the North London side’s right. But Arteta did nothing to change it.
Who could replace him? Well, a report from ITA Sport Press says Antonio Conte is a priority for Arsenal – despite £196,000-a-week demands.
For now, Arteta looks as if he will remain in the hotseat. Realistically, Arsenal will lose to Manchester City this weekend.
That will see Arsenal enter the international break with 0 points from three games. A turn around is needed, and quick, for Arteta’s sake.