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Report: Stan Kroenke has decided what he'll do with Arteta if Arsenal finish lower than fifth now

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Mikel Arteta was in the firing line at the start of the season when Arsenal were stuck at the bottom of the Premier League table after the first three games.

Many people wanted Arteta gone at that point, but Arsenal’s owner Stan Kroenke kept his faith in the Spaniard, and it’s safe to say now that the Gunners boss has managed to turn things around.

The North Londoners are currently fourth in the league table, two points ahead of fifth-place Spurs and five above Manchester United, who were described as title-contenders by many at the start of the season.

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With just five games left this season, Arsenal are favourites to finish fourth. However, what will happen to Arteta if the Gunners have a terrible end to the campaign and finish fifth, sixth or even seventh?

Stan Kroenke will stick with Mikel Arteta even if Arsenal finish seventh

According to Miguel Delaney of The Independent, the Arsenal ownership are fully behind Arteta and are absolutely delighted with the work he has done so far.

It is also claimed that there’s ‘no chance’ that Arteta will be sacked in the summer, even if Arsenal blow their opportunity to finish in the top four and drop down to as low as seventh.

Delaney wrote in his weekly newsletter: “There is “no chance” that Arteta goes even if Arsenal drop down to seventh from where they currently are.

“The club understandably feels this is the final season of construction, and it is only next term where we will see where things really are. The hierarchy fully believe in Arteta, and think the reshaping of the squad and club culture will be close to complete this summer.”

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That is absolutely the right decision.

After a truly disastrous start to the season, nobody expected Arsenal to end up inside the top four. Getting into the Champions League would be a truly remarkable achievement, but even if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world.

Arsenal currently have the youngest squad in the Premier League. Almost all of their players are under the age of 25 and what they’ve done this season despite that inexperience shows they are on the right track.

Arteta’s men take on West Ham United tomorrow and Leeds next weekend before that big game against Tottenham.

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