Mikel Arteta has five games to turn Arsenal around or ‘face danger of the sack’

Mikel Arteta has been given five games to save Arsenal's season – and his own job.

The Gunners boss is under immense pressure to improve results before the second international break in October or he could face the sack, according to the Telegraph.

Arteta has presided over a torrid start to the season, with back-to-back defeats to Brentford and Chelsea leaving the club 19th in the table.

Things are likely to get worse before they get better for the Spaniard with a daunting trip to the Etihad to take on Manchester City up next at the weekend.

The under-fire boss will be aware of the feeling around the club after Sunday's defeat to Chelsea.

Some supporters booed the side off the pitch, while others surrounded Arteta's car as he attempted to leave the Emirates.

Arteta thanked fans for their support after the game, choosing not to acknowledge the boo-boys.

"I see a lot of positives with the crowd and the team today," Arteta said.

"At the end I didn’t see any bad reaction with any of the players. But that is my opinion."

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"Feeling sorry for yourself does not help. You have to face the challenge, face the criticism – because it will come."

The 39-year-old claimed he was without nine key players after the defeat to Chelsea, with new £50million signing Ben White one of those missing because of Covid-19.

There is an understanding within the cub that Arteta is working under difficult circumstances, but that might not be enough to save his job in the long-term.

Putting aside next week's trip to City, Arsenal have a relatively kind run of fixtures where they will be expected to pick up points and move up to the table.

Following the international break, the Gunners have games against Norwich City, Burnley, Tottenham and Brighton, before the Premier League goes on hiatus again in October.

Club bosses will be hoping for at least nine points from those four games and a positive performance and result against their north London rivals.

Failure to show significant improvement would make life difficult for Arteta, who has been backed by the Arsenal board to the tune of £140million this summer.

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