Managers are the first to be criticized after the team’s poor performance. A manager is the face of the club and as such he is the first person to deal with both positives and negatives.
A manager also has to deal with the consequences of losses. At top clubs, the pressure is constantly high, and poor performance can cause problems. As such, managers walk a thin line and must be careful what they say and make sure the team does well in the next game.
On that note, here’s a look at four high-profile executives currently under pressure:
#4 Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
A superficial football spectator might suspect Mikel Arteta is under constant pressure. That’s because his time at Arsenal remains a rollercoaster of emotions.
A trusted player for the club, Arteta was closely associated with the club’s leadership role after Arsene Wenger stepped down. However, the club chose to appoint Unai Emery and Arteta joined Manchester City as an assistant to Pep Guardiola. Arteta enjoyed an outstanding spell at City, where he was widely acclaimed for his contributions.
Understandably, Arsenal fans were excited after his appointment in 2019. He led the club to the success of the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield in 2020. But things haven’t gone to plan since then.
Arsenal were terrible last season, finishing eighth in the league. Despite major spending this summer, the Gunners are currently ninth in the league. Arteta also has polarized opinions among the fans.