Mikel Arteta will be sacked if Arsenal crash out of Europa League against Villarreal on Thursday night. 

That’s according to former Celtic and West Ham striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Arteta’s future.

Arsenal lost last week’s Europa League semi-final first leg 2-1 as Unai Emery picked up a win against his former employers.

The Gunners are currently ninth in the Premier League and it is looking likely that winning the Europa League is the club’s last hope of securing European football for next season.

McAvennie claims it just isn’t working for Arteta and a season with no silverware or European qualification could spell the end of his reign.

When asked if Arteta would be fired if Arsenal lost on Thursday night, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “I would think so.

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“Arteta will have known, he knows the risk. He knew that when he took the job. That’s the nature of sport. 

“I don’t think it will worry him too much, it’s the only job in the world where you get rewarded for failure. 

“I think he’s a good guy, a good coach. He’s trying to do things his way but it’s just not working. 

“He’s had key players out, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Kieran] Tierney. But there’s a lot of boys at Arsenal who just aren’t good enough.

“But no Europe next year and no trophies, I think that’s enough.”

Arteta took over from Emery in December 2019 and won the FA Cup just months later.

He was previously Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City before taking his first managerial role.

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