Simon Jordan believes Arsenal and Manchester United got the same decisions completely wrong – their choice of manager.
The Premier League giants’ alarmingly poor starts to the new season continued this weekend as more pressure was piled on Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Arsenal could only draw 1-1 with Wolves at the Emirates Stadium while United suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.
Arsenal now sit in fifth after winning just four of their opening 11 games, while the Red Devils sit down in tenth having won just three times – a far cry away from where fans expect them to be.
United’s slump started long before Arsenal’s, though. The Red Devils have practically been on a steady decline ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
talkSPORT pundit Jordan has maintained, even before he was handed the permanent job in March, that the inexperienced Solskjaer is not the right boss to turn it around at Old Trafford.
And he’s no fan of Emery, either, claiming Arsenal are on well on their way to suffering the same fate if they continue with the Spaniard for much longer.
Speaking on Sunday Exclusive , the former Crystal Palace owner said: “The worry for Arsenal is we didn’t see this off the cliff decline from Man United for the first two or three years.
“We saw Ferguson disappear and when you change the guard after the period of time Ferguson and Wenger had, you’re changing the DNA of the club. They were the club.
“I think Arsenal will be looking sideways now at Man United, who didn’t see the decline, they didn’t arrest it quick enough and erosion set in.
“It looked like they were fixing things but they didn’t get to the bottom of it quick enough and six years down the road, despite people in Manchester saying they’re relaxed, I maintain it cannot be a solution for a club of that stature schooling Solskjaer to catch up with two stellar managers or even three, with [Mauricio] Pochettino at Spurs.
“Maybe Arsenal are internally looking around and saying, is Emery going to do it in the Premier League?”
Jordan also had more than a few words for the Arsenal supporters, who he claims are some or the most ‘disruptive and destructive’ in the Premier League.
His comments come after a week that has seen them turn on captain Granit Xhaka and ramp up the pressure on manager Emery too.
“I believe there is a section of Arsenal fans that are disruptive and destructive and it’s whatever they haven’t got that seems to be the reason why they’re unhappy,” he added.
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“There are two clubs that really strike a chord with me in terms of fans being overly dissentful – one is Newcastle and the other is Arsenal.
“I’m not biased against Arsenal, I think they are a fabulous football club who set the benchmark for so many good things over the years for the Premier League.
“But I also think Arsenal fans have an expectation that because once upon a time they had a team of Invincibles, because once upon a time they were a driving force and a leading light in the Premier League, that they’re not subject to a cycle like the one Man United are going through now.”