Arteta has been warned by Bent he could face the sack if he does not win the Europa League with Arsenal this season.
"When Arsenal were looking for a manager there was two people up for grabs: Arteta and [Carlo] Ancelotti," Bent told talkSPORT . “I thought Ancelotti should have been the one to go to Arsenal and Arteta to go to Everton.
“The early signs were really good in terms of look how quickly he [Arteta] picked up a trophy. Yes, this season has been really inconsistent but I don't want Arsenal to turn into a club where they keep sacking managers – at some stage you've got to give someone a little bit of time.
“The FA Cup papers over a lot of cracks and if Arsenal go out of the Europa League and finish tenth or eleventh, I think he could be out of a job."