MIKEL ARTETA is favourite to be the first Premier League manager sent packing this season.
The Arsenal boss was available at 16/1 before the opening round of fixtures took place.
But an abject defeat to newly-promoted Brentford has seen his price shorten to 11/4.
The Gunners couldn’t contain Ivan Toney, lacked cohesion and were without any creative spark as they lost 2-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium.
The defeat instantly thrusts the spotlight on Arteta, who must galvanise his side before games against Chelsea and Manchester City.
After the match, a disgruntled Arteta admitted that vast improvements are required.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m disappointed. It’s not the way we wanted to start the season. We didn’t start well, conceding a goal in an isolated incident.
“The biggest worry was our threat in front goal. The amount of times we got around the box and got in great situations but it wasn’t enough threat or shots on target.
“If you don’t do that in the Premier League then you won’t win. I don’t want excuses – we missed players but I don’t like to hide.
“We were not good enough to beat them. We did not do the basics.”
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is offered at 6/1.
The Eagles were comfortably beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although little else was expected against the title challengers.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has shortened from 10/1 to 15/2 after a 3-1 defeat to Everton on Saturday.
Saints took the lead through new signing Adam Armstrong but were overpowered by Rafa Benitez’s side in the second half.
Watford boss Xisco enjoyed an excellent win over Aston Villa and is no longer favourite for the axe at 15/2.
Steve Bruce and Bruno Lage may have suffered opening day defeats but their prices have actually improved, priced at 10/1 and 12/1 respectively.
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Premier League next manager sacked
- Mikel Arteta – 11/4 –
- Patrick Vieira – 6/1
- Ralph Hasenhuttl – 15/2
- Xisco – 15/2
- Steve Bruce – 10/1
- Bruno Lage – 12/1
- Sean Dyche – 14/1
- Daniel Farke – 16/1
- Nuno Espirito Santo – 16/1
- Rafa Benitez – 18/1
- Dean Smith – 20/1
- Graham Potter – 20/1
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 25/1
- David Moyes – 33/1
- Marcelo Bielsa – 33/1
- Thomas Frank – 33/1
- Jurgen Klopp – 50/1
- Brendan Rodgers – 50/1
- No Manager To Leave in 2021/22 EPL season – 66/1
- Thomas Tuchel – 66/1
- Pep Guardiola – 100/1
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