Why Arteta edges over Solskjaer, Sol Campbell


Former Arsenal defender, Sol Campbell has started that Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta have just a slight difference in their level of operation at their various clubs.

According to him, Mikel Arteta has a level of freedom at Arsenal which he earned by winning the FA Cup title within the first few months of his reign at the club but his Man United counterpart has not been able to earn it.

The two managers are former players of the club with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picking up the job about a year ago while Mikel Arteta is just months old as Arsenal boss.

Sol Campbell noted that Arsenal and Man United are if the same level at the moment because they are both struggling to return to their best while both fans are hungry for success.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must win a title to be able to earn that freedom and trust from the club owners despite helping them return to the Champions League, a feat Mikel Arteta must also achieve this season to avoid being tagged a failure.

Winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield title is quite an achievement for Mikel Arteta and that makes him a more successful manager than his Man United counterpart but that does not erase the fact that he is still learning on the job.

Man United have had a slow start of the season but such fears have been dismissed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who feels the season is far from being over and the season is difficult and unpredictable.

Mikel Arteta also started the season well but with the defeats suffered against Man City and Leicester City, there are doubts about the team’s chances of making it to the top four at the end of the season.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.