Troy Deeney predicts Mikel Arteta could face sack this week after Spurs defeat

Troy Deeney of Watford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Cardiff City at Vicarage Road on December 5, 2020 in Watford, England.
Deeney thinks Arsenal are ‘in trouble’ (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Troy Deeney feels that Arsenal are in ‘trouble’ after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and suspects Mikel Arteta could face the sack if they lose to Burnley on Sunday.

The Watford captain, who has dug out Arsenal on numerous occasions in the past, feels Arteta deserves criticism with his side floundering in 15th in the Premier League table.

Should Brighton beat Southampton on Monday night, Arsenal will slip to 16th ahead of a visit from relegation-threatened Burnley on Sunday.

A Burnley win could lift them out of the bottom three and move them within four points of the Gunners, who are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Deeney feels the wrong result against Arteta will leave him ‘massively under pressure’ and predicts he could even lose his job.

‘I actually said on [last week’s] show I fancied Arsenal to get a result,’ Deeney told talkSport. ‘Because they are that kind of team where they can just pull one out the bag.

head coach Mikel Arteta of Arsenal gestures during the UEFA Europa League Group B stage match between Arsenal FC and Rapid Wien at Emirates Stadium on December 3, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Arteta is struggling to get the best out of his side (Picture: DeFodi Images via Getty)

‘But I’ll happily say I was massively wrong.

‘Arsenal are in trouble. I’m happy for them that they are at home, but if they were playing Burnley away this week I’d be very nervous for them.

‘I think he [Arteta] has to come under criticism, ultimately because of where they are.

‘For me, and I’ll go out on a limb here, if they lose [to Burnley] he is massively under pressure.

‘I’d be surprised, if they lose and the ones around them win, and they are looking more backwards than upwards, he would be under pressure to keep his job.’

Former Spurs striker Darren Bent, however, is confident they will turn it around and insists they are ‘too good to go down’.

‘Arsenal have got good players and I like Arteta, and I think they have got the players to get them out,’ added Bent.

‘All it takes is Aubameyang to hit a bit of form, Lacazette to start scoring some goals… a little bit of something.

‘They are too good to go down.’

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