Arsenal hierarchy ‘unhappy’ with Mikel Arteta and are shortlisting a successor

Mikel Arteta has had a difficult season with Arsenal and time may already be running out for the Spaniard.

Despite looking forward to the Europa League semi-finals this week, the Gunners have struggled domestically and are 10th in the Premier League, nine points off the top five.

There's already tension at the club as fans are hoping that a proposed takeover from Spotify creator Daniel Ek will drive current owner Stan Kroenke away.

The bosses at the top have had enough of Arteta anyway, reports suggest.

And a new name for Arteta's potential replacement has come to light out of Italy.

Tuttomercatoweb report that AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has been shortlisted after also impressing in the Europa League, where they play Manchester United in the other semi-final.

If the 48-year-old Fonseca does leave for London, it is thought that Roma will bring in ex-Juventus boss Mauricio Sarri.

For now, Arteta remains happy with his employers after speaking with the owners, who insist they remain "100 per cent committed" to the club.

"We spoke to them and I think it was very clear they showed their commitment to the football club, and they showed their ambition," Arteta responded to the Kroenke statement.

"It took any doubts out of the situation, now we have a very clear and committed statement from the ownership."

Winning the Europa League would save Arteta's job but first he has to beat his predecessor Unai Emery at Villarreal in Thursday's semi-final.

Arteta took over from Emery in 2019 before guiding Arsenal to the FA Cup last year and he says the takeover between the two was very amicable.

"I spoke to him a few times, because we have people in common, and then I spoke with him before I took the club,” said Arteta.

"He offered me that opportunity, which is sometimes unusual, and he was sincere and open. I was very grateful for that."

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