Perry Groves predicts when Arsenal could sack Mikel Arteta

Arsenal icon Perry Groves has criticised Mikel Arteta for his struggles at the helm of the Gunners this season, and believes it may not be long until the board decides to part company with him.

The north Londoners began the 2020-21 season with plenty of optimism as Arteta led Arsenal to the FA Cup and the Community Shield.

Arsenal also made a number of exciting signings including Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes, and also convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pen a new contract.

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Since then, however, things haven’t quite gone to plan, with the Gunners sitting ninth in the Premier League table and out of all the cup competitions.

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Question marks are being raised about Arteta and also the wider structure of the club with recruitment under the Kroenke ownership coming under scrutiny.

Groves, talking to talkSPORT, says he’s “very critical” of the Arsenal boss and also of the board, believing at least £150million is needed to get the Gunners back into top-four contention.

And regarding Arteta’s future, he said: “It’s not untenable at the moment, but it can be very quickly. He’s lucky that there are no crowds.

“If there was a crowd in on Sunday against West Brom, even if it was 4,000, that would be pretty vitriolic.

“He’s now one game away because if he gets beaten by West Brom, then I think he’ll go.

“The thing that worries me is that he’s got worse and he’s overcoaching. When he first went in their he tried to make his mark and won the FA Cup, which no one saw coming.

“He then had the goodwill of the Arsenal fans. I think there’s a manager in there, but he’s not getting enough help from the coaching staff. That doesn’t inspire me either.”

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