Arsenal’s Arteta has breathing space Solskjaer does not have at Man Utd

Kevin Campbell says Mikel Arteta's FA Cup win last season has given him breathing space, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't have that luxury.

Arsenal defeated Chelsea 2-1 at an empty Wembley Stadium in August.

It was Arteta's first piece of silverware since taking charge in north London eight months before.

Solskjaer, meanwhile, has been in the Old Trafford hotseat since December 2018.

But despite a solid third-place finish in the 2019-20 campaign, the Norwegian is yet to win any silverware as Manchester United manager.

Campbell, who was a title winner with Arsenal in 1991, believes Arteta is on steadier ground than his counterpart at the Red Devils.

"I think Arsenal are in around about the same position as Manchester United, but Arsenal and Arteta have the added luxury of having won a trophy which gives him some form of leeway," he said.

"Manchester United and Arsenal fans are hungry for success and both managers have to deliver, especially when we’re talking about two of the biggest clubs in England right now.

"Manchester United fans demand success, whether the manager is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or not, and Arsenal fans demand success too.

"Arsenal fans want to be able to challenge in the Premier League and get up there and back in the Champions League too. So, both Arteta and Solskjaer have to deliver."

The Gunners have already lost three of their opening six Premier League games, including a 1-0 defeat to Leicester last Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who penned a lucrative new three-year deal in September, has drawn a blank in his previous five top flight outings.

Campbell says the onus shouldn't just be on the 31-year-old Gabon international though.

"Arsenal aren’t performing at the moment, but that’s not Aubameyang’s fault," added the former striker.

"When Arsenal are doing well, then Aubameyang plays well.

"If the team is below par, it’s very difficult for one player to turn it around and change the whole team’s performance level.

"Aubameyang can’t do that, he relies on other players around him.

"Everyone must understand that Arteta is learning on the job so he will make mistakes – that's for sure.

"I think the team he picked to face Leicester was a good side and they were strong enough to win the game. I just don't think Arsenal are playing to their full potential right now."

  • Campbell is a GentingBet Premier League pundit. Visit gentingbet.com/insights

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