Simon Jordan and Danny Murphy agree that Arsenal are likely to part ways with Mikel Arteta in the imminent future.
The Spaniard saw his side score their first points of the Premier League season after scoring their first goal to doom Norwich to defeat.
Jokingly referred to as a “six-point relegation pointer,” the game paints a grim picture of exactly where the Gunners are right now.
Despite a hectic transfer window and injuries to countless players, it has been a tough summer for Arteta and his team behind the scenes.
Defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City had left Arsenal rooted at the foot of the table and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike in the Emirates brought welcome relief.
Still, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy believes it only delays the inevitable.
“I think he’s walking the board,” Murphy said of White and Jordan.
“I love him. I love the way he presents himself, I love his humility, I love his work ethic, but in the end it doesn’t get far.
“You have to produce a winning team with what you have and he has good players, it’s not like he has a team full of misfires – he has really talented boys.
“I know they had a few injuries and I tried to find some patience to figure out why it wasn’t going well.
“They should be in a better position than they are. The next few weeks are the key, the next games.
“But I just don’t see enough in the team and in the way they play for him to support a challenge for the big boys.”
Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal boss in December 2019 and he spoke passionately about “competing for the best trophies in the game”.
Still, lifting the FA Cup and Community Shield in 2020 did little to allay fears that the club could move away from their rivals, with an eighth place last season (behind Tottenham and West Ham ) their worst result since the end of the 1994/95 season. season in 12e place.
When asked by Jim White if Saturday’s win over Norwich was just a “stay of execution”, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan questioned the club’s lack of identity.
“What are they?” Jordan asked. “What happened to Arsenal?
“What are we looking at? We keep wondering when we’re going to see this translation of this polite person in the media to this polite football manager on the pitch. “
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