Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is already a man under pressure it seems after a poor start to the Premier League season this term.
Despite winning the FA Cup and Community Shield and cruising through the Europa League group stages, the Gunners boss is said to be under a bit of scrutiny from the powers that be inside The Emirates.
Indeed, reports this week surfaced claiming that former Juventus manager, Max Allegri, was the favourite to replace the Arsenal man, should the Gunners make the big decision to sack Arteta.
Of course, that could be a long way off and in Arteta’s defence, he probably deserves more time to sort things out at the club.
But Arteta will be glancing over his shoulder you’d think, especially after further comments emerged from Allegri himself, talking up a move to the Premier League.
The comments from Allegri, in which he admitted to The Times that he ‘wants to experience the Premier League’ will only further intensify any pressure the Arsenal man is under.
Arteta is, of course, a cool character and will likely remain unflustered by these sorts of comments and links. However, football being how it is, it’s easy to see the pressure building more and more here. Especially, if the Gunners keep losing games.
The Spaniard does deserve the opportunity to get it right with Arsenal but Allegri is a proven winner. His comments won’t have gone unnoticed by the higher-ups in north London.
While nothing may come of it in terms of a move to Arsenal for Allegri, this is definitely something Gunners fans could potentially jump on.
Arteta, then, needs to start winning Premier League games. And fast.