Before we delve into the weekend’s Premier League action I just want to address the big elephant in the room. The open season on managerial sackings. I said it, once Tottenham sacked Pochettino it was only a matter before other heads started rolling. To be honest it’s actually come sooner than I thought it would.
Step forward Unai Emery, the Arsenal manager was given the boot last Friday after a string of disappointing results. He took over from the long standing Wenger in 2018 and was set to revitalise Arsenal to challenge for top honours (or so they thought!). His achievement for Arsenal was reaching the Europa League final so there are no surprises that Arsenal parted way with him.
Whilst ex gunner Freddie Ljungberg has stepped up to the plate on an interim basis, the question on everyone’s lips is who will be the next man for the job at the Emirates. A 12 man shortlist is rumoured to include the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Ancelotti and Max Allegri. Whoever gets the job will have a tough task ahead in helping get Arsenal back into the top four and competing for major honours again. Is it impossible? No, but a lot of hard work is required.
Watford also sacked Manager Quique Flores on Sunday after they lost yet another league game in the 2-1 defeat away to Southampton leaving them bottom of the table. Sarr had put the visitors ahead in the 24th minute before Ings leveled in the 78th minute and Ward-Prowse grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute. That was the 8th defeat this term and the result was the catalyst for Flores’s sacking.
New Spurs Manager Mourinho enjoyed his second premier league win as Tottenham Manager after master minding a home victory against Bournemouth. Dele Alli who seems to have found his mojo again opened the scoring in the 21st minute before adding another shortly after the break. Tottenham outclassed Bournemouth and could have added more to their tally but squandered some good opportunities in front of goal.
Sissoko eventually made it 3 nil in the 69th minute and Spurs were in cruise control. Credit to Bournemouth who managed to claw back two goals through midfielder Harry Wilson. The game ended 3-2 and Spurs are now just 6 points off the top four albeit 20 points behind the leaders (I don’t think anyone’s catching them).
Defending champions Manchester City could only manage a draw against Newcastle United as the game ended 2-2. Crystal Palace beat Burnley 2-0 away with Zaha and Schlupp getting the goals. Liverpool maintain their winning run with a 2-1 win over Brighton with nearest rivals Leicester beating Everton by the same score. Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa and I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Solskjaer keeps the boot too (probably won’t make it till the end of the season).
Another bites the dust!!!!!