Sunday Mirror

CUP HAS BOUGHT ART TIME

- EX­CLU­SIVE BY HARRY PRATT

KEVIN CAMP­BELL says Mikel Arteta’s FA Cup win last sea­son has given him breath­ing space — but Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer doesn’t have that lux­ury.

The Gun­ners 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 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, 50, a ti­tle win­ner with Ar­se­nal in 1991, be­lieves Arteta is on stead­ier ground than his coun­ter­part.

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

“Both sets of fans are hun­gry for suc­cess and both man­agers have to de­liver that. We’re talk­ing about two of the big­gest clubs in Eng­land right now.

“Manchester United fans de­mand sil­ver­ware, whether the man­ager is Sol­sk­jaer or not.

“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 past five top-flight out­ings.

Camp­bell (above) added: “Ar­se­nal aren’t per­form­ing at the mo­ment, but that’s not Aubameyang’s fault.

“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. Aubameyang has to rely on the 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 strong enough to win. I just don’t think Ar­se­nal are play­ing to their full po­ten­tial right now.”

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 ??  ?? WIN­NER Mikel Arteta with the FA Cup
WIN­NER Mikel Arteta with the FA Cup

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