Pundit backs Piers Morgan to get Mikel Arteta wish based on one condition
Arsenal have thrown their weight behind Mikel Arteta this summer with significant investment, but a pundit believes it could come at a cost.
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The Gunners led the top four race for some time, and that led to the club giving Arteta a new long-term contract, before the race was run.
Arsenal ended up slipping up and Tottenham secured a Champions League spot at their expense.
After slipping in the top four race, famed Arsenal fan Morgan suggested Arteta should have got the sack, rather than a new contract.
“Absolutely pathetic,” he posted at the time. “Why the hell did we give Arteta a contract before the season even finished? This will be his 12th League loss of the season, after spending £250m in 2yrs. That would normally get an Arsenal manager the sack, not a bloody new deal,” he posted.
“We should have kept Aubameyang, got rid of Arteta & hired an experienced manager who can manage world-class talent & whose process we can actually trust.”
Morgan did not get his wish and far from it, with Arsenal backing Arteta significantly in the summer winodw, throwing their weight behind the Spaniard’s project.
Arsenal have signed the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer in a bid to strengthen their top four bid for the coming season.
But former Chelsea star turned talkSport host Tony Cascasrino believes Morgan’s assessment will become reality if Arteta does not secure Champions League football this season.
“If you look at the top six, the two that don’t get in the top four this season their managers will lose their jobs, without a doubt,” said the talkSport host.
“If Arsenal don’t make it, Arteta will lose his job.
“I think he’s done everything he can to make his team as competitive as possible, but you now have to make the top four.
“Unless they only narrowly miss out… but it would have to be the smallest margins or a dramatic end [to save him].
“Performances week-in, week-out will also count, because that will affect the feeling at the club.
“I went to a couple of games at the Emirates at the end of the season, and it was rocking. People called it a library, but it was rocking at the end of the season.
“But if they don’t make the top four Arteta will be gone – that’s what happens.”