Danny Murphy has suggested that Mikel Arteta is “walking the plank” at Arsenal as “they should be in a better position” than they are.
Arteta has been in charge of the Gunners since December 2019. He replaced current Villarreal manager Unai Emery.
The former Man City assistant helped Arsenal win their fourteenth FA Cup at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Last season was less successful as the Londoners finished eighth in the Premier League. They also fell short in cup competitions as they did not reach a final domestically or in Europe.
Arsenal have made a disappointing start to the 2021/22 campaign. They were beaten 2-0 by newly-promoted Brentford on the opening day.
They followed this up with convincing defeats against Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Gunners picked up their first win of the season over the weekend. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as they beat Norwich City 1-0.
Despite this, Murphy believes that Arteta still finds himself in a tough position at The Emirates. He has told talkSPORT that “the next few weeks are key” for the head coach:
“I think he is walking the plank.
“I like him. I like the way he comes across, I like his humility, I like his work ethic, but ultimately it doesn’t take you far.
“You have to produce a winning side with what you have got and he has got some good players, it’s not like he has got a squad full of duds – he has got some really talented boys in there.
“I know they have had a few injuries and I have been trying to find patience in terms of why it has not been going well.
“They should be in a better position than they are. The next few weeks are key, the next few games.
“But I am just not seeing enough in the team and in the way they play for him to sustain a challenge to the big boys.”
Simon Jordan then questioned the state of the Gunners under Arteta:
“What are they? What have Arsenal become?
“What are we looking at? We just keep wondering when we are going to see this translation of this polished person in the media to this polished football manager on the pitch.”