Arsenal MUST beat Norwich or it’s ‘probably the end’ for Mikel Arteta, Joe Cole claims… as pressure mounts on the under fire Gunners boss after their horror start to the season
- Joe Cole claims Arsenal must beat Norwich after international break
- The Gunners are winless in the top division and bottom of the Premier League
- Cole has expressed concern about how Arsenal have suffered three defeats so far
- The expert believes anything other than a win is ‘probably the end’ for Arteta
Joe Cole has claimed Arsenal must beat Norwich after the international break or Mikel Arteta risks losing his job.
The Gunners have endured a stormy start to the Premier League campaign and are bottom of the league table as they failed to take a point or score a single goal from 270 minutes of football.
Arteta’s side have looked second best in games against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City and supporters have grown impatient at the club’s lack of progress under the Spaniard.
Joe Cole (left) says ‘probably the end’ for Mikel Arteta (right) if Arsenal don’t beat Norwich
Former Chelsea and West Ham star Cole has admitted the future in north London seems unclear, and believes anything short of the win over Norwich on September 11 is ‘probably the end’ for Arteta.
He told Coral via Subway“The future at Arsenal is of course in the air. I know they’ve played against Chelsea, against Manchester City, the two best teams, but it’s the way both defeats.
“They had all the pre-season to prepare for the Brentford game and they were wrong on the day because they were mentally out of it.
The Gunners have had a stormy start to the season, losing all three league games
Cole said Arsenal ‘laid and died’ in their defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea
“That’s happened too much with Arsenal. It’s not Arteta’s fault. It’s something that has been like moisture in the woodwork of the club.
“In the two defeats against the big boys, it was like they lay down and died.
“I like how Arteta has handled the situation. He hardens as a manager, you can see that in him. So I think he has. He is clearly a well-trained coach due to his work with Pep. He is a thoughtful man.
“He’s in a storm right now. He needs to find a result against Norwich and if he doesn’t beat Norwich I think it’s probably the end for him.’
Former Chelsea and West Ham star says Arsenal must beat Norwich on September 11
Arteta took the blame for Arsenal’s poor start after their 5-0 blow to City, which showed he spends a lot of time pondering his decisions.
“I’ve always said and I’ve been more critical of myself and I only take the blame every time we’ve had defeats,” he said.
“I question myself and I have to try to have the right people around me, look at every decision I make and change it if I think we should have done something different.”