Arsenal will not sack Mikel Arteta despite leading the club Arsenal to their worst campaign in over two-and-half-decades, the Daily Mirror reports.
Arsenal are on the verge of missing out on European football next season for the first time in 26 years after a calamitous season with the former midfielder at the helm, but reports indicate Stan Kroenke, who acquired 66.6% of the shares in 2011, will stick with the underfire Spaniard.
The former Manchester City assistant manager is cognisant of the retrogression at the North London club and admits the pressure after being knocked out of the Europa League by Villarreal.
“I understand those concerns. When you are out of the Champions League for five years it is not just a casualty, it’s a trend. So, there are things to change, that’s for sure because no one is going to accept that at this football club,” Arteta told the club’s website.
According to the Daily Mirror Kroenke is prepared to support Arteta in overhauling the squad in the summer transfer window.
Arteta will be given a few months of next season to prove his ability; any signs of progress will see him continue but further regression will have him sacked, the publication claims.
The 39-year-old is not ready to lose his job, warning that he will be ruthless as he plots to get Arsenal back to winning ways.
“We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years. We have to be ruthless. There is no time to waste and there is a lot to do,” the former Everton midfielder is quoted by the Telegraph.
Arsenal lie 9th on the EPL log with three games left to play and blew up the only remaining chance of securing European football by losing to Villarreal in the semifinals.
It remains to be seen how Arsenal’s supporters will take the Kroenke’s decision to stick with Arteta.