Frank Lampard is fighting to save his job as Chelsea manager following a run of five defeats from eight matches.
The Blues are currently eighth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Arsenal legend Alan Smith has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to learn from Arsenal and Manchester United and be patient with Lampard.
“The big question, of course, is whether Roman Abramovich is prepared to wait for Lampard,” former Arsenal and England striker Smith told the Evening Standard.
“This is actually an interesting situation for Chelsea’s owner. Does he grant more time than normal to a club legend or does he wield the axe in the same ruthless way?
“Does he, for that matter, take any notice of events at Arsenal and Manchester United, where Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have come through sticky patches in what is the strangest of seasons?
“If ever patience were needed in SW6, this might be the year.”