Ole Gunnar Solskjaer problems shed light on Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta issues

Manchester United were thrashed by Liverpool on Sunday with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the brink of potentially getting sacked and Arsenal have their own problems with Mikel Arteta

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Liverpool’s record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at ‘rock bottom’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a terrible weekend in charge at Manchester United and his problems shed light on those at Arsenal.

A 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool has compounded the misery at Old Trafford and the Norwegian is battling for his job.

Antonio Conte has reportedly already been contacted over taking the job but Solskjaer has insisted he is not stepping down.

He said after the match: “I am sad, disappointed, angry of course. My emotion doesn’t matter apart from what do we do to improve and make sure it doesn’t happen.

“This could go either way, we could sulk or we could come together.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under serious pressure

“We created chances but we made it too open a game. You have to work on players minds. We have big games coming up, so no time to sulk, no time to feel sorry for yourself. We have to come together.

“These players have to come too far to give up. I have seen their development through the years. They stick together, look after each other. Today they weren’t good enough.”

The problem with Solskjaer is that there have not been anywhere near enough days where United have been good.

And, whether that is the manager’s fault or not, that problem lies at the 48-year-old’s door.

But when problems mount and a crisis is on the horizon, Solskjaer lacks the experience to get himself or the club out of their current predicament.

For a club like United, they are not in a position to gamble their future on the possibility of their manager getting it right.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikel Arteta have had their problems at United and Arsenal

And that situation sounds remarkably similar to that of another Premier League club that have been out of the limelight for too many years.

Arsenal have struggled for their identity since Arsene Wenger’s departure in 2018 with Unai Emery’s time in charge ultimately ill-fated.

Mikel Arteta has come in and there has been progress in areas but last season the Gunners finished eighth for the second term in a row.

A 3-1 win over Aston Villa at the weekend showed fans what Arsenal could be – but there will always be that feeling of unease.

Arteta might turn out to be the Pep Guardiola that the north London club are desperate to have – but is it worth the gamble?

Last season, the Gunners found themselves in a similar situation to United right now.

Mikel Arteta has come under fire in the past

Arsenal had won just once in 10 matches and the calls for Arteta’s head grew louder and louder by the week.

The Spaniard survived that particular inquisition but how long before the dissenters return?

While the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool pull ahead, the likes of United and Arsenal are in danger of falling further behind.

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