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Arsenal are yet to sack Mikel Arteta because they believe in him more than Unai Emery, it has been claimed. The Spaniard is under pressure ahead of Tuesday night's Carabao Cup showdown with Manchester City. And he enters that match with the spectres of Massimiliano Allegri and Brendan Rodgers looming large. Arsenal had high hopes for the season after Arteta steered them to FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, beating Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. But the Gunners have since endured a rough time of things, only picking up 14 points from their opening 14 Premier League matches.
That Arsenal have stood by Arteta when they axed Emery a year ago has surprised many fans, with patience in the 38-year-old starting to wear thin. Yet The Athletic's David Ornstein has claimed Arsenal believe in their current boss more than they did in his predecessor, hence their unwillingness to bring the axe crashing down just yet. He said: "I do think the situation with Mikel Arteta is different, despite Arsenal being in a worse position than they were under Unai Emery. THINK YOU KNOW SPORT? Test your sporting knowledge with our tricky quiz The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Sign up to FREE email alerts from Daily Star - Showbiz Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Piers Morgan has credited a tough 2020 with cementing his and Susanna Reid's friendship both on- and off-screen.
The Good Morning Britain host has had his say on the difficult year, which has seen the two of them take on politicians and other tough subjects. And Piers, 55, said: "I feel like Susanna and I had each other's backs during some very difficult shows. "She's brilliant and I hugely value our often brutally honest friendship, on-screen and off." The controversial host labelled 2020 as "the toughest year work-wise" however made it clear it was "nothing compared to what health and care workers have been through", dealing with the pandemic. Piers added: "It's not been easy but it's been very rewarding. I think we've all felt the huge burden of responsibility to inform and guide our viewers through this turbulent, troubling time and I'm proud of how we've done it." The two of them may be on their winter break at the moment, but they will be back on Christmas Day for a very special episode. (Image: ITV) Piers told The Mirror he hopes to "bring a bit of cheer" especially as many people may be on their own, because of things such as Tier 4 restrictions. According to the former Britain's Got Talent judge, the Christmas Good Morning Britain will bring "festive silliness", some guests and even "a tear or two". They won't be the only ITV regulars appearing on our screens on Christmas Day, though. Lorraine Kelly will take her usual 9am slot for her show Lorraine. She will be followed by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for a This Morning special at 10am. Currently on Good Morning Britain, Piers and Susanna are being replaced by Adil Ray and Charlotte Hawkins. Ranvir Singh has been standing in for Lorraine, and This Morning and Loose Women have been off-air. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV