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Job Security: Arteta under real pressure, one game to save Zidane?

Los Blancos have now lost three of their opening 10 matches, with Alaves inflicting a surprise defeat on them at the weekend

11:15am on Monday 30th November 2020
Martin Macdonald

Mikel Arteta is facing an inquest as Arsenal manager after the Gunners suffered another surprise loss at the weekend, this time at home to Wolves.

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INSECURE: Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)

By all accounts, Arteta is a talented football coach. He enjoyed a fine reputation as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Man City, while his appointment as the new Arsenal boss to replace Unai Emery was seen by many as extremely positive.

However, while some of his ideas are undeniably impressive, there is little evidence of his coaching qualities with this Arsenal team at the moment.

Though the players will need to take a big portion of the blame for the current funk, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, badly misfiring, it seems to be a case of one step forward, two steps back for Arsenal.

They are currently 14th in the Premier League, having lost five of their opening 10 games.

The latest defeat saw them uninspiringly succumb to a loss at home to Wolves on Sunday.

VERY INSECURE: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Defending Spanish champions Real Madrid are already seven points adrift in the current title race, having lost three of their opening 10 games.

The latest loss saw them defeated 2-1 at home by Alaves, with the visitors actually leading 2-0 up until the dying minutes when Casemiro scored a late consolation.

It was yet another drab performance by Zidane's men, who have seen their season littered with results like this so far.

One of those results came in a shock home loss against Shakhtar in the Champions League.

This week, Zidane has the opportunity to right that wrong in the return game. If he fails, and Madrid lose, could he really be sacked?

SLIGHTLY INSECURE: Lucien Favre (Dortmund)

With the likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, and Marco Reus in their ranks, Dortmund boast one of the most impressive forward lines in Europe.

However, like throughout most of Lucien Favre's reign, defensive instability cost them again on Saturday as they were defeated 2-1 at home by Koln.

Dortmund are now four points adrift of Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga, and although that may not sound like a lot, it is when the reigning champions barely ever lose.

The time may come when the club hierarchy have had enough with Favre. After all, their routine of impressing for a while then suffering a surprise loss has been happening throughout his tenure.


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