With the Arsenal faithful split on whether Arteta should be sacked, Sportsmail looks back at other instances when big Premier League sides started poorly and what happened next…
Mikel Arteta has overseen 15th-placed Arsenal’s worst start to a league season in 46 years
Jose Mourinho at Chelsea (2015-16)
Arteta’s dismal start at Arsenal is eerily similar to the way London rivals Chelsea began the 2015-16 season just months after winning the Premier League with Jose Mourinho
The Blues produced one of the worst title defences in top-flight history, losing nine out of their first 16 matches in the league.
A 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in December proved to be the final straw for Mourinho, who was dismissed with the side sitting one point above the relegation spots in 16th.
Jose Mourinho’s most recent Premier League title came at former club Chelsea back in 2015
But Mourinho took Chelsea near the relegation zone in the 2015-16 season and was sacked
Roman Abramovich’s decision to replace cult hero Mourinho was met with a great deal of controversy but the Chelsea owner called for a familiar face to steady the ship.
Guus Hiddink was brought in for another interim spell at Stamford Bridge and guided the Blues to 10th place.
After the end of the dismal campaign, Antonio Conte was appointed manager with the Italian winning the title in his first season.
Roy Hodgson at Liverpool (2010-11)
After guiding Fulham to the UEFA Cup final the season before, Roy Hodgson was picked by the Liverpool hierarchy as the man to take over from Rafa Benitez after the Reds finished outside the top-four.
What the Merseysiders did not prepare for was a disastrous start to the season.
Hodgson’s Liverpool won just one of of their first nine league matches to sit in the relegation zone during the October international break. The Reds lost away to Everton and both Manchester clubs while they also failed to beat Blackpool and Sunderland at home during this horror period.
Roy Hodgson was picked as the man to replace Rafa Benitez at Liverpool back in 2010
The Reds decided to stick with Hodgson after he sparked a mini-revival with four consecutive victories – including a 2-0 win at home to Chelsea thanks to a Fernando Torres brace.
But the Anfield club then lost six out of their next nine games and Hodgson received the boot.
With the club sitting 12th in the league and striker Torres sold to Chelsea for £50million, Liverpool hired Kenny Dalglish as manager and he helped the side settle for a sixth placed finish.
The Liverpool legend kept his job for the following season, but was dismissed after finishing in eighth despite winning the League Cup and finishing as FA Cup runners-up.
The former Fulham manager was sacked at the start of 2011 with Liverpool sitting in 12th place
Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham (2019-20)
Many expected the 2019-20 season to be the year Tottenham finally ended their trophy drought after Mauricio Pochettino guided them to a Champions League final the summer before.
After a mixed start to the league season, Spurs dropped to 14th place at the end of November following a run of five games without a win. Home draws to Watford and Sheffield United were compounded with defeats away to Brighton and Liverpool.
That run saw chairman Daniel Levy bring down the axe on Pochettino’s reign in north London, much to the disappointment of the Spurs faithful who saw the Argentinian as a fan favourite after five years.
Mauricio Pochettino took Tottenham to an unlikely Champions League final in 2019
Furthermore, Levy opted to bring in Mourinho, manager of Spurs’ arch rivals Chelsea, as Pochettino’s successor which was not universally seen as a popular hire.
The iconic Portuguese coach won five out of his first seven league games at Spurs and lost just once in the final seven matches of the Premier League campaign to finish the season in sixth.
Mourinho is now guiding Spurs to a top-four challenge with Tottenham sitting in fourth-place going into the Boxing Day fixtures.
Pochettino (right) was sacked after Spurs sat 14th and was replaced by Mourinho (left)
David Moyes at Manchester United (2013-14)
Manchester United replaced long-term and title-winning manager Sir Alex Ferguson with Moyes, handing the then-Everton manager a bumper six-year contract implying they would be patient with the Scot.
Patient they were not, as Moyes’ United were too inconsistent for a top-four challenge, let alone a Premier League title bid.
The club lost six league games at home and the Red Devils were sitting in seventh place in April.
David Moyes was given a six-year deal at Manchester United but was sacked in his first season
When United’s Champions League hopes were mathematically ended by a 2-0 defeat to Everton, Moyes was relieved of his duties.
Ryan Giggs was placed as interim boss for the final four league matches of the season but it was too little, too late.
Louis van Gaal was brought in on a permanent basis following Giggs’ temporary reign and restored Champions League football to Old Trafford before being sacked himself.
Pep Guardiola at Manchester City (2020-21)
Manchester City could still go on to win the Premier League this season but there is no hiding from the fact that Pep Guardiola’s side have started the current campaign poorly.
Before this season, City sat in the top-four after 13 matches in each of their last nine campaigns.
But Guardiola’s side now sit eighth in the Premier League this season, eight points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Pep Guardiola has overseen Manchester City’s worst start in the league and in front of goal
Normally full of attacking quality, City have scored just 18 times in the league after 13 games, the lowest return since Roberto Mancini’s side managed just 15 in the 2010-11 season. The club had to settle for third spot that season.
To put their goalscoring woes into further context, when City ended the year as Premier League champions they had scored over 40 goals at this stage of the season.
Ultimately, Guardiola is now taking Manchester City to the level they were at before the Spaniard took over at the Etihad Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United (2019-20)
Ever since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made Manchester United manager on a permanent basis in March 2019, critics have been calling for the Norwegian to be sacked.
Those cries were loudest in the autumn of 2019 when United won just two out of their opening 11 league matches to sit in 10th place.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won just two out of his opening 11 matches last season but finished third
Despite the criticism, United opted to stick with Solskjaer until the end of the season and the club’s loyalty paid off.
The Red Devils went on a 14-game unbeaten run to end the season, a streak which included nine wins, to finish the campaign in third place.
United’s good Premier League form has continued this season with the club now five points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
Juande Ramos at Tottenham (2008-09)
Two years after finishing fifth in the Premier League under Martin Jol, Spurs opted to go for another foreign manager in Spanish coach Juande Ramos, who had previously won two UEFA Cup titles with Sevilla.
Ramos managed to steer Tottenham to an 11th-placed finish and even lifted the 2008 League Cup with Spurs after arriving mid-season in October 2007 with confidence high at White Hart Lane ahead of his first full-season in charge.
Juande Ramos took Spurs to the bottom of the table before being sacked by Daniel Levy
But Spurs began that season in terrible form, picking up just two points from their first eight matches as they sat at the foot of the table – a run which saw Levy wield his axe once more.
Spurs then turned to Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp as their next coach and he guided Tottenham to an eighth-placed finish come the end of the season.
The following year, Spurs reached the Champions League for the first time ever as Redknapp masterminded a fourth-placed finish in 2010, pipping big-money rivals Manchester City to the post.
Alan Ball at Manchester City (1995-96)
Back in the early days of the Premier League, Manchester City were not the heavyweights we now see today.
But the club were deemed to be top-flight regulars following two consecutive fifth-placed finishes in the final days of the First Division and a ninth-placed spot to end the inaugural Premier League season.
But matters turned sour during the final months of Peter Reid’s reign at Maine Road as City dropped into the bottom-half. Brian Horton just about kept the club up in 1995 but relegation to the second tier was finally confirmed in 1996.
Manchester City were relegated from the Premier League in 1996 after a terrible start
Under Alan Ball, City picked up two points from their first 11 matches, scoring just three times in that period.
A succession of four 1-0 victories in five matches between November and December gave the club hope but the Citizens were never going to stay up with a run of just three wins between New Year’s Day 1996 and the middle of April.
Ball was sacked after a poor start to the second tier and City even dropped to the third tier in 1998.
Kenny Dalglish at Newcastle (1997-98)
Dalglish was deemed Newcastle’s saviour when he rescued the Magpies mid-season to take them to second in the Premier League in 1997.
Big things were expected from the Liverpool legend at St James’ Park ahead of his first full season, but the Scot failed to win his first four Premier League matches of the 1997-98 season.
Newcastle found their first full season under Kenny Dalglish (right) in 1997 very tricky indeed
The Magpies won five out of their next six matches to spark a mini-revival but matters soon turned bleak at St James’ Park with the Toon picking up just two wins from 13 matches between the middle of October and middle of January.
Dalglish’s men won just once in the final 10 league games of the season to finish in 13th place.
The manager kept his job as he led Newcastle to another FA Cup final – but they lost 2-0 to double winners Arsenal.
Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City (2016-17)
The Italian managed was the talk of the town in Leicester after guiding the Foxes to a shock 5,000-1 Premier League title in 2016.
But Ranieri’s men struggled to replicate their heroics from the season before, picking up just three wins from their opening 14 matches to lie a couple of points above the drop zone.
Claudio Ranieri (middle) won the league with Leicester City against all the odds in 2016
But Ranieri was sacked in 2017 with Leicester in a relegation fight and six games without a goal
Leicester chose loyalty over results and gave the Italian more time given he had won the league for the club just six months beforehand. But results did indeed get worse.
A run of five straight defeats and six games without a goal at the start of 2017 sparked the end of Ranieri’s reign, with assistant Craig Shakespeare tasked with taking the Foxes out of the relegation zone.
Shakespeare won each of his first five games in charge which proved to be enough for Leicester as they ended the season in 12th place.