You would have had to be hiding under a rock if you were not aware of the pressure heaped on Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger's shoulders. Out of the top four spots and dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league side Nottingham Forest has only added to the growing unrest amongst the Arsenal supporters.
Many fans were dismayed when Arsene Wenger signed a new two year contract last season as many felt as if the time was right for the great man to take a step down and hand over the keys to another candidate.
Many fans pinned for the likes of Massimiliano Allegri from Juventus or Leonardo Jardim of Monaco but hopes were dashed when the Frenchman put pen to paper, extending his stay in North London to 22 years, allowing him to break Sir Alex Ferguson's record of 810 Premier League games in charge, a record that is unlikely to be beaten any time soon, if at all.
But Arsene Wenger knows that his time is coming to the end, and it looks as if the club are already preparing for his departure, whether that be this summer or the following. I recently checked out an online slots portal that already have Arsene as favourite to leave his position in the summer so maybe everyone is coming to terms with that idea now.
Additions have been made to Arsenal's backroom staff. Raul Sanllehi has come in as director of football, Sven Mislintat as the head of recruitment. Summer appointments from Team Sky cycling of Huss Fahmy as contract negotiator, Darren Burgess from Australian rules as director of high performance. Former legend goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was also added to the first-team coaching staff this year, while captain Per Mertesacker has agreed to become the academy manager next season when he retires from playing.
Those changes look significant, especially when you consider the timeframe of those changes.
One name that keeps popping up if that of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta. He is currently the assistant manager at high flying Manchester City, learning the ropes from the impressive Pep Guardiola and of course playing for Arsene Wenger himself for many years.
Mikel Arteta has always been well respected as a player, he has excellent leadership skills and his experience working under such giants in the game like David Moyes. The obvious concern will be his lack of management experience and that is a big risk at a club like Arsenal.
Ivan Gazidis will have a better idea as to Arteta's suitability to the job than most and it will be interesting to see if the Spaniard is on Arsenal's list when the time comes or whether or not Arsenal look towards a more experienced man for the role.