Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta overtakes Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as new favourite for axe December 14, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Mikel Arteta is under serious pressure following Arsenal’s disastrous 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Sunday night – and the Gunners boss is now the new favourite to become the first Premier League manager sacked this season.
Things went from bad to worse for Arsenal as they suffered a fourth-consecutive home defeat in the league – for the first time since 1959 – and continued their worst start to a season in almost 40 years.
Arteta’s misfortune was summed up as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended his goal drought by heading a Burnley corner into his own net, but it was Granit Xhaka’s moment of madness which will leave fans fuming.
With Arsenal on top, the Swiss international was sent off following a VAR review after needlessly putting his hand on Ashley Westwood’s throat.
There were 2,000 fans inside the Emirates watching the match, but Arsenal’s display made the stadium feel eerily quiet, and the loudest noise came as the full-time whistle was met with jeers.
Rumours suggested Arteta had three games to save his job before this weekend, but the Arsenal manager could now be under more immediate pressure as the result leaves the Gunners five points above the relegation zone in 15th.
The pressure has eased on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was leading the sack race ahead of the weekend’s action, following a draw at home to Manchester City, while Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United job remains at serious risk following yet another defeat this weekend.
You can see all the Premier League sack race odds, according to Sky Bet, below…
Premier League sack race odds
Odds correct at time of publication
- Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) – 7/4
- Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) – 9/4
- Slaven Bilic (West Brom) – 3/1
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man United) – 7/1
- Scott Parker (Fulham) – 16/1
- Steve Bruce (Newcastle) – 22/1
- Graham Potter (Brighton) – 25/1
- Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) – 25/1
- Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 25/1
- Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – 28/1
- David Moyes (West Ham) – 33/1
- Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds) – 33/1
- Dean Smith (Aston Villa) – 40/1
- Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolves) – 40/1
- Pep Guardiola (Man City) – 40/1
- Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) – 50/1
- Carlo Ancelotti (Everton) – 66/1
- Jose Mourinho (Tottenham) – 66/1
- Brendan Rodgers (Leicester) – 80/1
- Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 100/1