Arteta gives update on Arsenal's transfer plans ahead of Deadline Day
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Piers Morgan wants Arsenal to sack Mikel Arteta if the club finishes outside the Premier League top four for a sixth successive season. Currently a columnist for The Sun, the Gunners fan launched a scathing rant towards Arteta for Saturday’s dismal 0-0 draw against Burnley.
Arsenal fumbled the chance to enter the top four with a game in hand by beating Sean Dyche’s side, currently rock-bottom of the Premier League.
With Manchester United beating West Ham United at Old Trafford on the same afternoon, Arteta’s men dropped to sixth in the table.
The Emirates Stadium crowd made their frustrations known at full-time, aiming boos at hosts for failing to find a breakthrough.
And in his Monday column, Morgan slammed Arsenal’s failure to beat the ‘worst team in the league’, describing the hosts’ performance as ‘finger-gnawingly depressing’.
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And he has brutally called for Arteta’s sacking if he doesn’t guide the Gunners back into the Champions League this season.
He wrote: “This season, despite Arteta splashing out £150million on new players, we’re sixth and already out of both domestic cups.
“Yet astonishingly, in the past few days, it’s been reported that he is about to be handed a big new contract by grateful owner Stan Kroenke.
“What, pray, has he done to deserve such a fat new deal?
“To borrow the words of Dr Sayer: ‘How kind is it to give life, only to take it away again?’
“The cold, hard reality is that whatever process we’re supposed to be trusting at Arsenal isn’t working, and the person whose process it is should be made properly accountable — not rewarded for failure.
“Arteta may yet prove to be a good manager — I’ve certainly preferred watching his team this season to the last few years of horribly uninspiring Wenger sides.
“But he’s already had six months longer in the Arsenal job than his predecessor Emery and things now seem to be unravelling faster than Leonard Lowe’s medication.
“If we don’t make the top four this season, and even that “achievement” seems such a lowly ambition for a supposed big club, then he shouldn’t be given a pay rise. He should be sacked.”
Morgan’s criticism doesn’t hold back, but it’s difficult to disagree with his analysis and Arsenal handing Arteta a new contract could be premature.
The Spaniard has led the club to back-to-back eighth-place finishes, and they failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years last season.
Arsenal will be expected to challenge for a top-four spot, with the absence of distractions from other competitions bound to give them an advantage.
But it also increases the pressure on Arteta to succeed, especially considering he was handed more money than any other manager to spend in the summer transfer window.
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