Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov urges Arsenal not to sack under-fire manager Mikel Arteta


Mikel Arteta is fighting to save his job at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has urged Arsenal not to sack under-fire manager Mikel Arteta.

Arteta is fighting to save his job at the Emirates following Arsenal’s hugely disappointing Europa League exit.

The Gunners were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by former manager Unai Emery’s Villarreal, missing the chance to face Premier League rivals Manchester United in the final and take an alternative route into next season’s Champions League.

Arsenal have also struggled domestically, winning just 14 of their 35 league matches to sit 10th in the table with four fixtures remaining.

But despite Arsenal’s miserable campaign, Berbatov has warned the club against sacking Arteta and says the Spaniard needs more time.

He told Betfair: ‘People are talking about changing the Arsenal manager? Really? Mikel Arteta is a young manager and I hope he stays – I think that will be the case.

‘It’s a shame they didn’t reach the final as that would have given them a good end to the season. They are massively underperforming.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov (Picture: Getty)

‘They need to strengthen their squad. Manchester United are looking like old United finally under Alex Ferguson, whilst Arsenal look no better than the last days under Arsene Wenger.’

Arteta has also been backed to turn things around at Arsenal by club legend Freddie Ljungberg, who was briefly Gunners caretaker boss after Emery’s sacking in 2019.

Asked whether Arteta still has the support of Arsenal fans, Ljungberg told BT Sport: ‘There’s no fans here so that’s difficult to know. I hope he does.

‘I’m not going to stand here and say managers should stay or go. Listen, he’s a young manager and I hope he will stay.

‘But of course it’s not good enough for Arsenal football club and it’s up to the owners and other people within the football club.’

Struggling Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday against relegation-battlers West Brom.

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