Former Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole, has said Arsenal must defeat Norwich after the international break or else Mikel Arteta risks losing his job.
According to Cole, Arteta is â€œin the storm at the momentâ€.
The Gunners are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having failed to pick up a point, or score a single goal in their first three fixtures.
Having lost to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City, Cole believes that anything less than victory over Norwich on September 11 is â€œprobably the endâ€ for Arteta.
He told Coral via Metro: â€œThe future at Arsenal is obviously up in the air. I know theyâ€™ve played Chelsea, they played Manchester City, the two best teams, but itâ€™s the manner of both defeats.
â€œThey had all pre-season to prepare for the Brentford game and they got it wrong on the day because they werenâ€™t at it mentally.
â€œThat has happened too much with Arsenal. Thatâ€™s not Artetaâ€™s fault. Itâ€™s been something thatâ€™s just been like damp getting into the woodwork at the club.
â€œIn the two defeats against the big boys, it was like they laid down and died.
â€œI do like how Arteta has handled the situation. He is hardening as a manager, you can see that in him. So, I think heâ€™s got that. Heâ€™s obviously a well-schooled coach because of his work with Pep. Heâ€™s a thoughtful guy.
â€œHeâ€™s in the storm at the moment. He has to find a result against Norwich and if he doesnâ€™t beat Norwich, I think itâ€™s probably the end for him.â€
Arteta shouldered the blame for Arsenalâ€™s poor start following their 5-0 hammering at City, revealing that he spends a lot of time reflecting on his decisions.
â€œI always said and Iâ€™ve been more critical of myself and taking the blame every time only when weâ€™ve had defeats,â€ he said.
â€œI question myself and I have to try and have the right people around me, look at every decision that I make and change it if I believe we should have done something different.â€