Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been given six games to prove that he is the right man to take the club forward, with the board looking to give the manager time to rectify the current situation.
The north London side are without a win in five games across all competitions, following their latest defeat at Leicester on the weekend. As a result, Emery's men are sat in sixth place in the league, eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Saturday's 2-0 loss means that the Gunners have now won just two of their last ten Premier League games, leading to calls from sections of Arsenal's fanbase to part ways with their manager. Despite this, it has recently been reported that the Arsenal board have given Emery a vote of confidence, but admitted things must improve.
Following on from this, the Evening Standard have now reported that the Gunners hierarchy see their next six matches as a major opportunity to turn the club's fortunes around.
The report states that securing Champions League football for next season is still the primary target for the manager and, as a result, the upcoming matches will be crucial in their attempts to remain in contention for the top four.
After the international break, the Gunners host Southampton in the league before taking on Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League - three points in this match would see them secure top spot in the group. Their next four matches then come against struggling Norwich City, Brighton, West Ham and Standard Liege.
While the club are keen to give Emery more time, there are growing concerns over his management. The Evening Standard's report goes on to claim that Emery’s in-game management is 'an issue', with some members of the club putting this down to his 'mediocre grasp of English.'
It is believed that the 48-year-old is regularly talking with senior members at the club, and they will continue talks during the international break to discuss plans moving forward.
Emery consulted director Josh Kroenke regarding Granit Xhaka to discuss how to deal with the situation, following his outburst towards his own fans.
Since then, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been promoted to club captain, but he has come under scrutiny recently for his relationship with YouTube channel AFTV and one of its contributors.
It is clear that results simply must improve after the international break, with the pressure only increasing on Emery and his players.