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Arsenal reportedly draw up shortlist to replace Arteta

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According to a report, Arsenal are already eyeing up some names as possible replacements for Mikel Arteta come end of the season.

Arsenal could replace Mikel Arteta with the club’s board unhappy at how the season is panning out, according to reports.

The Gunners have one last chance of silverware in the Europa League as they face Villarreal on Thursday night in the semi-finals.

But even glory in Europe would do well to cover up an awful Premier League campaign which sees them sit tenth in the table behind promoted Leeds United.

Winning the Europa League would guarantee Arsenal a place in the Champions League next season. However, there has been little to no improvement in the Gunners’ play this season.

And a report from Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claims that the Arsenal hierarchy are ‘not happy with Arteta’ and with the lack of progress being made.

Paulo Fonseca, whose Roma side play Manchester United in the other Europa semi-final, is ‘one of the options left on the shortlist’ as Arsenal look to line up a replacement for the Spaniard.

The report adds that Arteta ‘would only be saved by winning the Europa League’ and that the semi-finals ‘could be decisive in every sense’.

On a number of occasions, reports have claimed that Arteta retains the full backing of the board. However, the Gunners face the prospect of failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years. That could affect the club’s finances a great deal and it could indeed tempt the club’s hierarchy to perhaps look for another manager.

Nothing is certain at the moment and no report can be taken too seriously for now. It would be interesting to see how it all plays out.