Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta “got off” last season and could face serious pressure if they start the new season badly, talkSPORT was told.
The 2020/21 campaign has been miserable for the Gunners, who failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 26 years after finishing eighth in the Premier League.
And former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes Arsenal’s board will run out of patience with Arteta unless he starts the new campaign in a positive way.
“Arsenal are now signing some good young players, the transfers they’ve made, Ben White is one of them,” O’Hara told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“It will be interesting to see how they start the season. He’s going to be under pressure.
“For me, Arteta is going to be under pressure at the start of the season because they have spent the money now.”
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O’Hara believes Arteta’s FA Cup triumph over Chelsea in August 2020 saved him from the ax last season, with the pressure on his shoulders this quarter.
He continued: “He got away with it last season because of the heroism of the FA Cup [the season before], so they went wow, we won a trophy so we have to give him some time.
“They have to start the season really well because they can’t finish eighth anymore – that’s Arsenal for god’s sake.
“They have to keep going and do something this season. They have a good young team so if they don’t start well he is going to feel the pressure.
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