The North London club is going through the toughest moment since 1978. Just winning once after playing 12 matches in all competitions. The top ranking managers are in talks with Manchester City over the availability of coach Mikel Arteta.
So far, it is not known whether Arteta, 37, has been offered the chance to succeed Unai Emery, who was sacked in November.
But Gunners chief executive Vinai Venkatesham is thought to have met the Spaniard in the north-west of England after both flew north following City’s 3-0 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The club has now played five matches at home withoit recording a win. The only recent win was on the road at westham.
City boss Pep Guardiola says he would not stop Arteta if he decided to leave. He believes Arteta is now capable of handling a team at top level.
After Arsenal’s latest defeat, interim manager Freddie Ljungberg – who has won once in five games since being appointed on 29 November – called for some clarity on the situation. The idea of game after another without clear information hinders him from planning for the team. He wants the owners to make a decision as quickly as possible to get a permanent solution.
The Gunners are ninth in the Premier League, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after five victories in 17 matches this season.
Former midfielder Arteta, who made 149 appearances for Arsenal between 2011 and 2016, was linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in 2018 before the club appointed Emery.
Arteta joined the City coaching staff in July 2016 after retiring as a player. He’s the most trusted Pep Gaurdiola’s assistant.