Mikel Arteta told of Norwich ultimatum as pressure builds on Arsenal boss

Mikel Arteta has been set an ultimatum ahead of Arsenal's home match against Norwich City next weekend by former England midfielder Joe Cole.

Both sides will be looking for their first points of the season when they meet at the Emirates Stadium next Saturday afternoon with the club both currently in the bottom three.

Arsenal have lost their first three league matches this season without scoring, causing pressure to mount on manager Arteta as the uncertainty over his future rises.

Having finished eighth in his first full season in charge of the Gunners, Arsenal are also not in Europe for the first time in 25 years.

Speaking to Coral, Cole discussed Arsenal's start to the season and the club's future, stating that "The future at Arsenal is obviously up in the air.

"I know they've played Chelsea, they played Manchester City, the two best teams, but it's the manner of both defeats."

Arsenal were comfortably beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea before being thrashed 5-0 away to champions City in a pair of humbling defeats.

These defeats followed up a shock opening day loss away to newly promoted Brentford, who were making their Premier League debut against the Gunners.

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"They had all pre-season to prepare for the Brentford game and they got it wrong on the day because they weren't at it mentally," continued Cole.

"That has happened too much with the Arsenal. That's not Arteta's fault. It's been something that's just been like damp getting into the woodwork of the club. In the two defeats against the big boys, it was like they laid down and died.


"I do like how Arteta has handled the situation. He is hardening as a manager, you can see that in him. So, I think he's got that. He's obviously a well-schooled coach because of his work with Pep. He's a thoughtful guy.

"He's in the storm at the moment. He has to find a result against Norwich and if he doesn't beat Norwich, I think it's probably the end for him."

Norwich are currently above Arsenal on goals scored having managed one goal in their opening three matches ahead of the international break.

The one positive for Arteta so far this season was the 6-0 Carabao Cup win over West Bromwich Albion last month and he will hope for a second win in all competitions next weekend against Norwich.

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