Danny Murphy: Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger needs to follow Man United manager’s example
The former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder questions Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his players
Danny Murphy has questioned whether Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is capable of being as ruthless as Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
The Gunners succumbed to successive Premier League defeats ahead of Christmas Day to leave their title bid in doubt despite a promising start to the season.
The north London side managed to go 14 games unbeaten after losing 4-3 to title rivals Liverpool in their opening fixture of the 2016-17 campaign.
However, Arsenal lost 2-1 to Everton at Goodison Park earlier this month despite Chile international Alexis Sanchez giving the Gunners a first-half lead.
The north London outfit had the chance to respond at the Etihad Stadium last weekend but Arsene Wenger’s side produced a meek second-half performance to lose 2-1 after Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling cancelled out Theo Walcott’s opener.
Former Tottenham midfielder Murphy believes Wenger could learn a thing or two from his nemesis Mourinho about closing the game out after surrendering leading positions at Everton and Manchester City.
“There is as much talent at Arsenal as at any Premier League club, so you have to ask whether their mindset is right. When they are leading, do they take their foot off the gas? Are their tactics correct? Most importantly, how much does the manager talk to his players about these things?” Murphy wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“Arsenal’s defeats at Everton and Manchester City were worrying. When they took the lead, why didn’t they play at the same tempo? Were they scared of having the lead?
“You have to ask whether Wenger is capable of doing what Jose Mourinho did for many years. If Mourinho’s team were leading, he’d have no problem replacing an attacking player with a defensive one. He would think, ‘just get the game won… who cares how it looks?’”