Mikel Arteta: ex-Rangers star has “five games” to save Arsenal future
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Mikel Arteta: ex-Rangers star has “five games” to save Arsenal future

Former Rangers star Mikel Arteta has “five games” to save his job at Arsenal with legendary Italian manager Antonio Conte on a shortlist to replace him.

That’s according to the Telegraph, with many writing the former Gunners midfielder off after two defeats from two games at the start of the Premier League season.

Former Rangers star Mikel Arteta is a man under pressure at Arsenal. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

A former prodigy of Man City boss Pep Guardiola, a trip to the Etihad is next up in the Premier League for a team under mounting pressure.

Arteta, 39, has been in charge since December 2019 and heading into this season has been substantially backed in the transfer window.

The London club have spent a combined £139m on Brighton defender Ben White (£50m), Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard (£34m), goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale (£30m), Anderlecht star Albert Lokonga (£18m) and Benfica full-back Nuno Tavares (£7m).

However, Arsenal’s start to the season has been overshadowed by a spate of coronavirus positives and injuries which have hurt their squad.

First choice strikers Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have missed the start of the season due positive Covid-19 tests whilst Ben White is another who has contracted the virus.

Injuries have also effected the likes of Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah.

Given this, the Arsenal hierarchy appear willing to give the manager a chance of turning things around but following 2-0 defeats to Brentford and Chelsea, fans are getting impatient.

Ex-Chelsea and Juventus coach Conte is one of the most revered in football and when talk of big-time managers comes around this can fuel fan impatience.

Antonio Conte won the Serie A Scudetto with Inter Milan last season but left the club before the new campaign. (Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Arteta took his Arsenal side to Ibrox in pre-season and returned to the stadium where he spent two years in the mid-2000s following a £6m move from Barcelona.

Rangers fans will be hoping to ex-Real Sociedad and Everton star can turn things around with Arsenal’s season still in its infancy.

Read more about what Arteta had to say following his return to Ibrox as Arsenal played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with the Gers.