Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has told Mikel Arteta his job at the Emirates Stadium is safe, according to reports. The Spaniard has overseen a problematic Premier League campaign, with the Gunners sitting ninth in the table. However, Kroenke is likely to spend big this summer to lift some of the doom and gloom that has engulfed the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal fans thought they were set for a good season under Arteta after the Spaniard scooped the FA Cup and Community Shield trophies.
However, the Gunners have struggled in the Premier League and are currently likely to miss out on Champions League football for the fourth season on the trot.
Talk of Arsenal potentially sacking Arteta has started to gather pace again in recent times, especially with managers such as Massimiliano Allegri and Eddie Howe currently on the market.
But Eurosport says Kroenke has assured the Spaniard he’ll still be in charge next season.
The report acknowledges how recent protests over the American’s ownership could deter him from sanctioning a big summer spending spree.
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However, it appears that isn’t the case.
Kroenke is willing to back Arsenal in this summer’s transfer window, mindful they need reinforcements if they’re to climb up the table and challenge for the title.
Yet there are some issues behind the scenes.
Figures close to Arsenal are said to feel there’s a lack of understanding at the top level of the club about the type of players that will be interested in moving.
There are concerns that some of the higher-profile targets won’t be interesting, especially with no Champions League football to offer.
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But Arsenal may need Arteta to work wonders again by personally persuading players to join, as he did with Martin Odegaard back in January.
Odegaard is one name on Arsenal’s radar as they look to bolster their ranks.
And they’ve also emerged as strong suitors for Brighton star Yves Bissouma, who has flourished over at the Amex Stadium this term.
Arsenal could yet qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League.
The Gunners trail Villarreal 2-1 from the first leg in Spain and will host the La Liga outfit in the reverse fixture on Thursday.
However, Unai Emery’s side are the favourites to go through and were the better side during their contest last time out.
Though Arteta is safe for the time being, talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino thinks he’ll be sacked should Arsenal start next season in similarly disappointing form.
“I was thinking about Arsenal and Tottenham, funnily enough, at the same time yesterday,” Cascarino said.
“I was just thinking about how much of a mess these two clubs have got themselves into and it stems from ownership. That has played a massive part.
“The clubs are in a mess. Both have built new stadiums, state of the art.
“The Emirates was brilliant when it was built. Compete with the very best in Europe and Tottenham have done likewise.
“The problem is they’re a mess on the field. Things are going to be changing at those two clubs. Arteta has got a massive challenge in reinventing Arsenal.
“He will get this summer to do that but 10 games into next year, if things are not very different, he won’t survive.”