Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is feeling the pressure at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta still have the unwavering support of the Arsenal board, despite the club’s alarming slump. The Gunners are currently 15th in the table and have lost four of their last five Premier League home games at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s the club’s worst start to a Premier League campaign since 1981 and many supporters are now beginning to turn on Arteta.
The Spaniard has been in the hot-seat for around a year now but already has an FA Cup and Community Shield to his name.
Both trophies are currently helping keep Arteta in the job after hopes of a top-four finish went up in smoke.
Yet despite his side’s abysmal run of form and calamitous performances, it appears the club’s hierarchy are still fully behind Arteta.
According to Football.London, Arsenal’s ownership KSE are still backing their manager because of what he has achieved in such a short space of time.
When he was interviewed for the job, he is said to have explained that his ideas would take a while to instill.
The report also adds that unless Arsenal are in serious danger of relegation, the club are unlikely to pull the trigger on his tenure.
Speaking earlier this week, the stance was reflected by technical director Edu, who predicts his former club to have a beautiful future under Arteta.
“Mikel is doing a great job, he’s doing really well here,” Edu said.
“If we’re not talking about patience with Mikel. It would be very unfair to him because what a year we have faced: three months without football matches, a lot of things changing in the club.
“He started, stopped, and when he started to get an understanding of all the squad he stopped again.
“It would be really unfair to Mikel to say something about that because the year was so challenging for everyone but even more for Mikel, who had just arrived at the club.”
Edu was spotted shaking his head in frustration in the stands as Arsenal trailed Southampton 1-0 on Wednesday night.
The Gunners showed fight after the interval to come back and earn a point after Theo Walcott’s opener.
The former Arsenal man couldn’t help but celebrate his goal on his former stomping ground, despite 11 years at the club.
Speaking after the game, Walcott backed his former team-mate Arteta to turn things around.
He said: “The Emirates has changed but I feel like they’ve got the right man here for the job.”