Arsenal legend Lee Dixon delivers Mikel Arteta verdict amid Antonio Conte links – Football.London

Arsenal have endured a torrid start to their 2021/22 campaign.

The Gunners have failed to score a single goal in the Premier League, losing all three of their fixtures for an aggregate score 9-0 as head coach Mikel Arteta looks to be under pressure during the international break.

The Spaniard, who has overseen the club’s worst start to a season since 1954, guided Arsenal to back-to-back eighth-place finishes in the last two years, meaning the north London club are without European football this term for the first time in 25 years.

Now, former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, with a large section of the Gunners’ fanbase beginning to want a managerial change sooner rather than later.

However, Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has claimed Arteta will be given more time before owner Stan Kroenke contemplates sacking him, citing the club’s recent transfer business as an indicator that the former Manchester City assistant coach won’t depart the club just yet.

“The club look like they’re going down [a road] of signing youth players”, he told Stadium Astro.

“If that’s the case then that suggests to me that they [Arsenal’s hierarchy] are going to give Arteta time because these players aren’t going to turn it around tonight, next week or this season.

“It’ll take at least two years. Has he got two years? I would suggest they’re thinking yes, but ultimately there’s always a breaking point.”

The Gunners’ summer transfer business has clearly been centred around building a young team, with all five of the club’s signings aged 23 or under.

English duo Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White are both 23, Norway captain Martin Odegaard is only 22, while Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares and Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga are still just 21.

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