Spanish manager Unai Emery has been given a month to save his job at Arsenal, according to a report.
Officially, Emery retains the full support of his board for now, but that stance could change if no improvement is made on the field over the coming weeks.
In an unusual start to the Premier League season, Arsenal find themselves in only sixth place despite being above fellow giants Manchester United and Tottenham.
Arsenal have only won four of their first 12 matches this season and there has been an over reliance on new captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s goals to get points on the board.
And the Daily Mirror claims that Emery now has seven matches to save his job, five in the Premier League against Southampton , Norwich, Brighton, West Ham and Manchester City and two in the Europa League versus Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Liege.
There is a ‘belief inside the club that sacking the Spaniard will still not solve the crisis’ at Arsenal.
Some at the club think Emery ‘faces an impossible task to revive’ Arsenal with Arsene Wenger’s legacy ‘destroyed by a string of disastrous high-level appointments.’
A source told the Daily Mirror: “The DNA that made Arsenal the club it was has slowly but surely drained away.
“Appointments have been made – both before and after Wenger’s departure – that either didn’t work out or aren’t working out.
“Long-serving members of staff have been shocked by what’s happening to the club.”
There has been a lot of upheaval at the Emirates Stadium since Wenger left with Edu appointed as the club’s new technical director, while Steve Morrow left his position as head of youth recruitment.
The source added: “To say it was a shock to see so many good people leave so suddenly is an understatement.
“Steve Morrow, in particular, is a huge loss. He is someone who is respected throughout football and is seen as having the potential to be a director of football.”