Mikel Arteta sent a dismissal warning to Arsenal ahead of Chelsea and Man City matches

Mikel Arteta sent a dismissal warning to Arsenal ahead of Chelsea and Man City matches

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has warned he could face dismissal before the end of the month (Image: Getty)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could face expulsion at the end of the month as the Gunners prepare to face London rivals Chelsea and Premier League champions Manchester City.

That’s the view of former England defender Glen Johnson, who says he “can’t see” Arsenal sticking around with Arteta if the team gets off to a bad start to the season.

The north London club finished eighth with Arteta last season and started the 2021-22 campaign with a sad 2-0 loss at the hands of Premier League rookies Brentford.

Arsenal will face Champions League champion Chelsea on Sunday and national champion Manchester City in their next league match on August 28.

“For whatever reason Arsenal are very far from their personal standards,” former Liverpool, Chelsea, Stoke City and West Ham defender Johnson told SBK Sportsbook.

“ Right now, the gap between them and the top four is even bigger. They will have a great and important season on their hands to try to reach seventh or eighth place.

“There is already enormous pressure on Arsenal for obvious reasons. I don’t want to see Mikel Arteta get fired, I want him to come out well and hopefully Arsenal will compete again and give us the beautiful football that we are used to seeing.

Glen Johnson thinks time is running out for Arteta

Glen Johnson thinks time is running out for Arteta (Image: Sky Sports)

“But I don’t see how the club could stay with him and ignore the pressure from the fans if they get off to a slow start.”

The onus falls on Arteta to improve Arsenal, particularly after his heavy spending during this summer’s transfer window.

The Gunners spent £ 50 million on England defender Ben White and are willing to spend around £ 60 million on the incoming signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been scathing about Arsenal’s deals for Odegaard and Ramsdale and says it shows the club is now ‘Banter FC’.

He told talkSPORT this week: ‘They are Banter FC right now. They are Banter FC!

If they sign Odegaard and Ramsdale, they will have spent £ 135 million this summer on a B-team. Is your team better than last season?

Arteta will be desperate to see his team respond to Chelsea this week, having been “disappointed” by Arsenal’s performance at Brentford.

After that loss, he said: ‘I’m disappointed. We started the season against a good rival. I don’t think we deserve anything different. They scored from a long serve and we didn’t have enough presence in the area. ”

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