On Talksport, Jamie O’Hara lashed out at Mikel Arteta before Darren Bent and Alex Crook had a heated debate about who’s better between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Arsenal boss.
Arteta has come under a lot of criticism over the last 12 months. He was everybody’s favourite manager when we won the FA Cup and the Community Shield last year, but a terrible campaign last season and a disastrous start to this one has changed many people’s opinion.
Ex-Spurs man O’Hara has never really liked Arsenal and it is no surprise that he doesn’t rate Arteta. He has labelled the Gunners boss as a ‘big problem’ and has claimed that Arsenal won’t even finish in the top 10 under him.
He said: “There’s one big problem – the manager. He’s not good enough, he’s got to go. It’s a myth how he’s still in the job, he’s going to be the first manager to get the sack. The players are looking for him to make decisions, he doesn’t know what he’s doing!
“The style of football they’re playing isn’t working, they’re not good enough. They won’t even get into the top half of the table.”
TalkSport presenter Crook later jumped on the same bandwagon. He had a heated debate with Bent and went on to say that Solskjaer is a much better manager than Arteta, even though the Manchester United boss has never beaten his Arsenal counterpart.
Mikel Arteta vs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Crook said: “You know I’m not Ole’s biggest fan, that won’t change until he wins silverware. But at least you can see that he’s learning on the job, at least you can see he’s got some kind of tactical acumen and at least you can see he’s a good man-manager. I can’t say anything like that about Mikel Arteta.”
Bent responded saying: “Ole gets to spend £200million a year, that will help! I think Arteta would do a better job at United. Solskjaer has had numerous opportunities to win a trophy and hasn’t delivered. Man United have got to how many semi-finals and finals?”
Crook concluded: “But, you got to a semi-final and final in front of an empty stadium… you got lucky on one counter-attack, it was negative football… I’m delighted they won the FA Cup because that’s all that’s keeping Mikel Arteta in a job.”
The Insider’s View:
Let’s just ignore O’Hara’s comments about Arteta because, well, he’s O’Hara. As for the debate between Solskjaer and the Arsenal boss, there’s no clear winner just yet.
Yes, Solskjaer’s United have finished higher in the league than Arsenal under Arteta, but the Gunners boss has won two trophies. To make things worse for the Norwegian, his side are yet to score a goal against Arteta’s men, let alone win a game.
This debate will go on and on until one of them wins a major trophy – either the Premier League or the European Cup. There’s little chance of Arsenal achieving the former, while United are unlikely to win either trophy as well this season. That makes this an argument that won’t end any time soon.