To say that Arsenal and Manchester United have underperformed in the Premier League this season would be a massive understatement. Both teams have been big disappointments and betting sites don’t like their chances to get back on track any time soon. The poor level of play from these two popular teams has led to the demise of one of their head coaches and the other one has been on the hot seat for a while.
Spanish head coach Unai Emery lost his job at Arsenal the morning after last Thursday’s 2-1 home loss against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League. Emery was the replacement of veteran head coach Arsene Wenger and he was on the job for 18 months but Arsenal had a run of seven games without a win and the team thought it was time to shake things up again.
Former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg will take over as interim head coach, the team said in a statement, adding that they’re searching for a new head coach.
“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required,” the statement read.
Josh Kroenke, speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and team owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.” Kroenke then added: “We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.”
After Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Norwich City, Arsenal is now winless in eight straight games in all competitions, dropping to eighth place in the Premier League standings, already seven points off the fourth and final UEFA Champions League qualification position after just 14 games. It’s Arsenal’s longest winless run since 1992.
Manchester United is a Mess
Manchester United, one of the most successful teams in Premier League history is in ninth place in the Premier League standings… which is simply unacceptable. Even Arsenal is better… and that says a lot considering how bad they’ve played as of late.
The Red Devils missed out on a top-four spot in the Premier League last season and they look set to endure a similar fate this year, with teams like Burnley, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of them.
Arsenal’s poor form cost Unai Emery his job and the pressure is growing on Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is actually doing worse than Emery did...
Manchester United hosted Aston Villa at home on Sunday and they let a win escape, ending the game on a 2-2 draw. Solskjaer did reveal that Manchester United are set to get Scott McTominay, Diogo Dalot, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly back in December, which could help them moving forward.
“I am hopeful that before the end of the year we can have a lot more bodies back from injury,” Solskjaer said before the game against Aston Villa.
“We’re hoping to see Scott, Diogo, Paul and Eric back this month, while Thursday’s game in Astana was a good opportunity to get some of the lads some valuable playing time to integrate them fully into the squad.”
Okay, Good. What’s the Problem?
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness told The Times that the lack of leaders and role models at Arsenal and Manchester United is the main reason why these teams have fallen so much in the standings: “You’re left looking at the dressing rooms and asking, ‘Where are the men?'”
“That’s what Emery required in his hour of need, but he didn’t have it at his disposal. It’s the same at Manchester United. If you’re a young player in those teams, it’s difficult to imagine looking at one of your teammates and thinking, “I want to be him in ten years’ time.” ”
“Matteo Guendouzi is an example of that,” Souness said. Arsenal’s 20-year-old midfielder from France takes the ball in any situation, from anywhere on the field but as Souness explains: “he doesn’t understand the game yet. He plays like he’s still in the playground. He needs to be taught the position properly, his decision-making is still naive. He needs some serious coaching.”