Has Jose Mourinho taken Manchester United as far as he can?
Jose Mourinho shows the signs of strain as he watches his side crash to defeat at Liverpool
The Sky Sports pundit said that United's fortunes will only improve with a change of manager, with Mourinho having come to the end of his shelf-life at Old Trafford. 'Is it a team that is good enough to win the league? No. Is it a team that should be sixth in the league? No,' said Carragher of United. 'Is Mourinho getting enough out of the players? Nowhere near enough, and this is a top manager. I think the only way it will change is a change in the hotseat.'
Sportsmail's team of experts reveal whether they agree with Carragher by answering the simple question: has Mourinho taken United as far as he can? Read their answers below.
Mourinho has run out of ideas and excuses, and no longer has the support of the majority of his players. Compare the job he has done at United to Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at Manchester City and Liverpool in roughly the same period – or even the short-term improvements made by Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri at Arsenal and Chelsea – and the difference is embarrassing. Against Liverpool and City, in particular, United's shortcomings have been ruthlessly laid bare by their biggest rivals. The gulf is too great for Mourinho now. He looks and sounds like a beaten man who is just waiting to be sacked.
Mourinho actually did a good job in his first year at United. He gave the club some stability, took them in to the Champions League and allowed them to regather some self respect. But United now need to move forwards again and take a step towards being what they used to be. That won't happen under Mourinho and that has been apparent for some time.
Manchester United have fallen well behind Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp (right) under Mourinho
It's unfair to heap all the blame on Mourinho for the utter mess that Manchester United have become. The chief executive has little idea about what it takes to get a successful team on the pitch and the recruitment has been abysmal. Mourinho will leave at the end of the season, if not before. It is difficult to see where they go from here.
The transfer policy may not be great and there may well need to be changes in the structure of the boardroom, but the manager has to take ultimate responsibility. He has not developed the players he has and United appear to have moved backwards from last season. Agree a deal with Mauricio Pochettino to take over in the summer and let Michael Carrick guide them through the rest of the season, preferably playing their best attacking talent and youth.
Sadly it does appear that this is irreversible now and the last few weeks have had the feel of Louis van Gaal's final season. He did win a trophy that year of course and Mourinho will still be holding out hope of a decent cup run. But that he's thrown the towel in on penetrating the top three so early offers the biggest indication of how the United boss really believes this is going. He will quite rightly point to the club's erratic structure among other problems but nobody is blameless for where they find themselves.
Many of United's players are going backwards and Mourinho seems unsure of his best team
It's difficult to see a happy future for Mourinho with this set of players. They are going around in circles. It's hard to detect any real progress. If United have faith in him and want him to continue as manager they must yield on recruitment, sell those players he doesn't want and let him build his own team without commercial interference. If they do not want to concede the power, then it is time to identify a successor who can operate in this style and change as soon as possible.
The players simply aren't responding to him. You can't get rid of an entire squad, but you can do something different in hope of extracting more from the players. You see where I'm going with this. Footballers want to be inspired, want to learn, want to improve. They aren't under Mourinho. This going one way.
If Mourinho retained enthusiasm for the job then perhaps you would argue he should be afforded a chance to turn it around, given the respect his record deserves. But there is no enthusiasm, no energy or enjoyment. Look at Klopp and Guardiola, they are the heartbeat of their respective clubs and players and staff seem to feed off their zest and drive. Sadly, for United, they are in reverse under Mourinho. You can make all the arguments you like about the trophies he has won and a lack of support from the Old Trafford hierarchy, but believe your eyes - United are in a sorry state under Mourinho's management and he has to go.
Coach Michael Carrick (left) could step up and take charge temporarily if Mourinho departs
A serious football club would have made a change by now. What are they waiting for? 19 points behind the top, 11 off the top four, 36 shots conceded against Liverpool, star players in a huff. It is a mess, from the pitch to the dugout to the boardroom - and Mourinho is by no means the only problem - but he is certainly not the solution.
Evidently, Mourinho took United as far as he could when winning the Europa League by playing a stultifying brand of football to squeak past the continent's second-tier elite. There is no idea, no grand plan behind his work, just an arbitrary series of decisions from week to week. Against Liverpool he pulled Matteo Darmian out of the tombola, but it has been others before and there will be others to come, if he is not put out of his misery. He appears to have little love left for his job, reducing United to a reactionary mess of a team that occasionally spasms into life by virtue of good players going it alone. It is not ideal, but United could promote Michael Carrick for now and then try to get Pochettino in the summer.
Mourinho appears to have few supporters left after United's latest humiliation at Anfield
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who currently occupy fourth place.</p><p>Ramsey was one of the standout performers which again posed the question of why he has been allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.</p><p>Keown took aim at the club’s decision to retract their offer of a contract extension, which had been on the table for Ramsey.</p><p>“It’s the saddest thing of all really, how well he executed the plan today but in possession and out of possession,” he told BT Sport.</p><p>“He’s obviously doing that to such an extent that [Mesut] Ozil can’t get near the team.</p><p>“But Ramsey’s not going to be part of their future and I find that sad.</p><p>“I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving, they’re trying to make progress and one player who was singly so important won’t be a part of Arsenal’s future.”</p><p>Although there has not yet been any official confirmation, Ramsey has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus and he will join up with the Italians in the summer.</p><p>“It’s madness and he’s going to Turin and Italy next season,” Keown added.</p><p>“It’s not as if he’s going to some Mickey Mouse team, he’s going to one of the best teams in Europe.</p><p>“Arsenal have lost him and I don’t know who’s making those decisions.”</p><p>One positive from the situation is that Unai Emery will not be losing Ramsey this month.</p><p>The 27-year-old will definitely be staying until the end of the season.</p><p>The Spaniard confirmed the club will only be allowed to sign loan player this month due to financial restrictions.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
sion.</p><p>NEW ORLEANS — Here is what I wish for our humble sporting city some year soon: total, utter and absolute chaos on this January weekend. </p><p>Once — just once — it would be something if both of our football teams figure out a way to be good — and I mean really, legitimately good — in the same year, good enough to finish in first place in their respective division, good enough to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the same year. At the same time.</p><p>The Giants and Jets have shared the same city for a combined 106 seasons in the Super Bowl Era. They have shared the same stadium for a combined 70 seasons since the Jets gave up the ghost at old Shea Stadium and joined the Giants in Jersey in time for the 1984 seasons.</p><p>There have been a total — a total — of three championship games played in that time. Three. THREE! And one of them actually deserves an asterisk: the one time the Jets had the game on their home field was in 1968, and they didn’t earn the right by having a better record than the Raiders (the Jets were 11-3 that year, the Raiders 12-2), but because until 1975 pro football randomly rotated where those games were held, unbeholden to who actually had the best record.</p><p>Both were for the Giants, and both were impressive: the 17-0 whitewash of the Redskins in the ’86 NFC Championship (played on Jan. 11, 1987) in which the wind and the epic Giants defense completely dominated, a 17-0 game that felt in every way like it was 71-0. And then there was the 41-0 bloodletting of the Vikings in the 2000 NFC title game (played on Jan. 14, 2001) in which the Giants led 34-0 at the half.</p><p>And what’s more is, there has really never been a year when the possibility of both the Jets and the Giants hosting championship games has ever really been in play. Heck, there have only been five of those years — again, all-caps are warranted: FIVE! — when the two teams have even qualified for the playoffs at the same time.</p><p>The closest call was probably 1986, when the Giants started 8-2 on the way to Super Bowl XXI and the Jets started 10-1 — but the Jets quickly went 0-5 to close out the season and squeaked into the playoffs as a wild card.</p><p>In November 2008, at a time when the defending-champion Giants were 10-1 and the Jets were 8-3 after knicking off the previously unbeaten Tennessee Titans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell actually saw fit to clarify what would happen if the Jets and the Giants ever did right their ships completely.</p><p>Obviously, holding a championship-day doubleheader would be out of the question. Because even if you held one game at, say, noon and the other at 8:30 p.m., the logistics of turning the stadium over would be virtually impossible. And Goodell said with certainty that they wouldn’t split the games Saturday/Sunday, because that would mean the first game would give one of the participating teams just six days to prepare.</p><p>So if and when this happens, there will be one game held Sunday (figure on a 4:30 kickoff) and one Monday night (around 8:30 or so).</p><p>Logic and probability tell you that sometime, some year, this has to happen, even if it seems, at this point, virtually impossible to envision that scenario any time soon. Still … that’s what we thought for years and years with the Yankees and the Mets, who shared the city starting in 1962 and never even qualified for the playoffs together until 1999, yet it was the very next year when they delivered a Subway Series to us, and there were decades where we never thought that would happen.</p><p>There is no way I can recommend strongly enough “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists,” an HBO documentary debuting Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Folks like me owe our livelihoods to the professional pathways they built for us. But proud New Yorkers are similarly in debt for the way the two of them chronicled our city for well over 100 years between them. Trust me: It runs for close to two hours and you’ll be wanting two more when it’s over.</p><p>The time is overdue for the men responsible for the disgrace that Fordham University basketball has become to be shown the door so a competent voice can finally be ushered in at last. That line begins with athletic director David Roach, though he should have some company on his way out.</p><p>At the start of my career, Bob Sutton used to give me an awful lot of lessons about the ins and outs of football back when he was the head coach at West Point. I’ll be at the other game Sunday, which means I’ll have no reason not to openly root for Sutton, Kansas City’s defensive coordinator, to make it to the Super Bowl with the Chiefs.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
niel Levy will instead keep the cash in the bank and NO new signings will be on their way this month.</p><p>He is likely to play Fernando Llorente up front against Fulham on Sunday for what would be the Spaniard's second Premier League start for the club.</p><p>Asked if Pochettino could spend the Dembele money, Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast: "Potentially yes, in reality you'd have to say not sure or no.</p><p>"Just bear this in mind. Tottenham were the only club not to buy a player in the last summer transfer window since the window system came into force.</p><p>"Add to that, listen to this stat, they've only signed three players in the winter window since they signed Lewis Holtby back in 2013 - Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and DeAndre Yedlin. Those are the three, believe it or not, who have been signed in January in the last six years.</p><p>"The news coming out of Tottenham is the absence of Kane and Son Heung-min is that they won't change their transfer plans at all."</p><p>Chairman Levy is notoriously tight with his cash and Sheth thinks panic buying in January would be against every strategy the Spurs chief has.</p><p>"If you think about it, chairman Daniel Levy, we all know what he's lke," Sheth added.</p><p>"He's renowned at being one of the toughest negotiators in the game - but this would be in reverse.</p><p>"Just imagine this scenario, Tottenham went into the market with the potential selling clubs knowing they were desperate because Harry Kane is injured. You can imagine them adding a premium to any transfer fee or loan fee.</p><p>"Add to that - and any player coming in - knowing they'd only be realistically selected in Kane's absence, when he returns they're out of the team again.</p><p>"I get the impression Tottenham will carry on with what they've got.</p><p>"In conclusion, Tottenham are very careful about who they buy. There's always a long-term strategy normally attached to most of their signings.</p><p>"If I was to put money on it, I get the impression that he won't be panicked going into the transfer market and he will carry on with what he's got."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
r the remainder of the season and the Lakers are reportedly interested in making a move.</p><p>They tried and failed to bring in Trevor Ariza, with the Washington Wizards agreeing a deal with the Phoenix Suns last month.</p><p>But they have continually been like with a move before the trade deadline as they look to improve their roster ahead of a playoff push.</p><p>Both Beal and Davis have been mentioned as potential superstar trade targets.</p><p>The Lakers would need to put a lot on the table in order to strike a deal for either player.</p><p>”At one point a month ago, they were dangling Lonzo [Ball] a little bit, but now they don’t want to trade him,” one of the league executives said.</p><p>However, the report goes on to reference rival executives that say Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and Moritz Wagner are available for trade talks.</p><p>A trade for Davis is unlikely to happen until the summer with the New Orleans Pelicans not willing to listen to any offers.</p><p>And Berger states the Lakers would need to offer more if they were hoping to land Beal.</p><p>There have been rumours building that the Lakers may be interested in taking Carmelo Anthony.</p><p>The 10-time All-Star is still on the books with the Rockets, despite having not played since November.</p><p>But Houston are said to be working on trying to deal Anthony soon to clear a roster spot for Kenneth Faried.</p><p>And last year’s Western Conference finalists are willing to accept a cut-price trade in order to get Anthony off their books.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
reter after the 2-0 defeat and let his players know exactly how he felt.</p><p>He questioned their attitude and application and said he was struggling to motivate the group.</p><p>Chelsea are now just three points clear of the chasing pack in the hunt for a Champions League place.</p><p>And Sarri has put everyone on alert over their futures at the club.</p><p>“Today I prefer to speak Italian,” he said.</p><p>“I want to send a message to my players and I don’t want to speak it wrong in English.</p><p>“I have to say that I am extremely angry because this defeat was about our mentally.</p><p>“They were far more determined than we were, I can’t accept. It was similar to Spurs, I spoke to the players and I thought it was solved.</p><p>“I want to talk about the tactics but it would appear that this group of players are very difficult to motivate.”</p><p>When asked why he can’t motivate the team he said: “It is a difficult question to answer.</p><p>“It seems that they are not aggressive from a mental view, that is down to their characteristics and it is difficult to change.</p><p>“You have to influence them, it could be about a new player coming in or one of the old heads taking control.”</p><p>Asked if certain players should be worried about their place in the team he said: “I don’t think a player at this level can’t be afraid to face up to their responsibilities.</p><p>“The best thing that can happen is that the players and I talk very openly about what happens.</p><p>“I am the person responsible for the players and it is important for them to have the attitude, and if they can’t then maybe they shouldn’t be playing at this level.”</p><p>And then asked if he wanted to take the challenge on, he said: “Absolutely.</p><p>“I am very aware that this is a team not known for our battling, but we need to be known for adapting and today we didn’t play our own football.</p><p>“We were running backwards, we need to be playing one or two touches. We want to play our own football.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
the transfer market after his side beat Chelsea 2-0 on Saturday. </p><p>Martin Keown has called for Arsenal to back Gunners boss Unai Emery in the transfer market </p><p>Keown told BT Sport: ‘Performance is completely different from that defeat at West Ham. That manager is worth his weight in gold. Got to get behind him.</p><p>'We don’t know whats happening internally. But they can look at recent signings and see they're all making a difference.</p><p>'He has spent money wisely, give him more money to spend! I don’t expect him to this window but I do in the summer.'</p><p>Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to join Juventus on a free transfer and Keown is unhappy that he is leaving. </p><p>Arsenal spent nearly £70million in the summer and Keown thinks the Arsenal boss needs more</p><p>Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to join Juventus for free and Keown is unhappy</p><p>Keown said: 'Look at Lacazette and Aubameyang and they were no different than watching Mane and Salah play that same position. </p><p>'Ramsey is not going to be part of the future and I find that sad and a little bit sickening.</p><p>'The one player who was the difference today is not part of Arsenal’s future. He’s going to Turin, not to a mickey mouse team but to one of the best teams in Europe. I don’t understand how they got themselves in this situation.'</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
d the assist for Alexandre Lacazette's goal.</p><p>But in the second half, Bellerin went down holding his knee and was in visible pain.</p><p>The right-back was then taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Mohamed Elneny.</p><p>And after the match, Emery expressed his fears about the injury.</p><p>Emery said: "It is his knee and the first prediction is it is an important [bad] injury.</p><p>“I hope not, but it is not positive our first impression."</p><p>When asked if they may sign a replacement for Bellerin, Emery said: “We have Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]. Also [Stephan] Lichtsteiner. Also, I don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson."</p><p>Arsenal produced an improved display after last week’s disappointing defeat to West Ham.</p><p>And Emery revealed his happiness with the response from the players.</p><p>He said: ”We wanted to win for our fans. The difference in the table [between ourselves and Chelsea] was six points, but this victory can help us be optimistic. We can be happy after today, but we need to take things game by game.</p><p>"The difference between last match and today’s game is very big, even with the same players, so we need to find that balance."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
s set to stay.</p><p>"The one thing that might have changed due to Kane's injury is Llorente's future," Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast.</p><p>"We were told at the beginning of this window that they were listening to offers for Fernando Llorente among a few other players, especially the foreign players in the Tottenham squad to bring in the homegrown players into the squad.</p><p>"But that might have been changed as we are told Tottenham won't listen to offers for Llorente anymore.</p><p>"Look, it's terrible timing. Llorente's contract is up in the summer and they are almost forced to keep him and not listen to offers for him - then risk losing him for nothing in the summer."</p><p>While fromer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has suggested a shock name who could be set to replace Kane as the main striker - midfielder Dele Alli.</p><p>"It's a massive blow - he's irreplaceable," Redknapp said of Kane.</p><p>"He's the best striker in the Premier League and to be two months without him will be very difficult for Spurs.</p><p>"Son has gone away and Llorente is the only option I suppose at the moment - unless he's thought about pushing Dele Alli into an advanced position.</p><p>"He could play up there as almost as a free number nine and without a main striker. I don't know, it'll be difficult without him."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
abject 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.</p><p>Maurizio Sarri has let rip at his Chelsea players following their defeat at the hands of Arsenal</p><p>'I’m extremely angry, very angry indeed,' he said after full-time, speaking in Italian and using his interpreter to ensure his message got across. </p><p>'This defeat was due to our mentality. I can’t accept it. We had a similar issue against Tottenham in the league. It appears this group of players are extremely difficult to motivate.'</p><p>'From a technical point of view both teams were on the same sort of level, but they had a higher level of determination in both penalty areas, so tactics don’t come into it. </p><p>'I can’t possibly say I am not partly responsible for the defeat. We have to share it.</p><p>'This is not a team that is going to be well known for its battling qualities, but we need to become a team that is capable of adapting, possibly suffering for 10 or 15 minutes, and then playing our own football. </p><p>Chelsea never looked like getting back into it as their rivals made ground in the race for fourth</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
tacking talent failed to pose a serious threat to the Gunners.</p><p>Laurent Koscielny grabbed the decisive goal for Arsenal to help them to victory</p><p>A surprisingly quiet afternoon for the German keeper who had only one shot on target to deal with. Commanded his area well despite the lac k of action. </p><p>Strong in defence and attack on his return to the side. Unfortunate to suffer a late injury which resulted on him leaving the action on a stretcher.</p><p>Hector Bellerin was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher late on after suffering an injury</p><p>Proving to be Arsenal's best and most reliable central defender this season. Again the pick of the bunch at the back. </p><p>Sokratis produced a fantastic assist for centre-back partner Koscielny and impressed</p><p>His best days are behind him but this was an assured performance from the experienced France international, who enjoyed a touch of fortune when his attempt to score with a header flew in off a shoulder. </p><p>Koscielny has returned from a serious injury to become an important figure for Arsenal</p><p>Preferred to fit again Nacho Monreal at left back and had one of his better games in a position where he can look exposed. Strong in the air too when he needed to be.</p><p>His recall to the starting line-up instantly gave Arsenal a more solid foundation – both to attack and defend from. Was also Arsenal's key man at dead balls, taking most free-kicks.</p><p>Spent most of the match in an unfamiliar position on the left hand side of midfield and did everything his manager asked of him by running and tackling from start to finish. </p><p>Young Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi adapted well to an unfamiliar position for Arsenal</p><p>More displays like this earlier in the season and perhaps Arsenal would not have shown him the door. An all action display with only a goal missing.</p><p>Aaron Ramsey emerged triumphant from his midfield battle with Chelsea's Jorginho</p><p>Scintillating skills and tireless running were not rewarded with a goal.Less influential in the second half when his side spent more time on the back foot. </p><p>By far and away Arsenal's most lethal finisher and proved that with his well taken tenth goal of the season either side of missed opportunities from striker partner Aubameyang. Worked hard tracking back too and received a standing ovation when taken off.</p><p>Having grabbed the opener, Alexandre Lacazette was a threat throughout up front</p><p>Filled in at right back after Bellerin's injury to show his worth to the squad as a versatile option.</p><p>His introduction drew some boos but that was more aimed at the decision to withdraw Lacazette. Did nothing wrong.</p><p>A rare outing for the Egypt international who did a reasonable job to help Arsenal hold on to their lead late on.</p><p>Got the high-energy performance out of his team he demanded after a lack-lustre defeat at West Ham last time out. Got his tactics right too and timed his substitutions well. </p><p>His reaction save from a Koscielny header defied logic and he was generally a commanding presence though he will have been disappointed to concede at his near post from Lacazette. </p><p>Brilliant last gasp lunge to put Aubameyang off from scoring an easy, early Arsenal opening goal. One of Chelsea's more consistent players throughout.</p><p>Long-serving right-back Cesar Azpilicueta delivered a characteristically consistent display</p><p>Not terrible but neither an inspiring match from the tall central defender, who was too often beaten in the air defending Arsenal set pieces. </p><p>Gave the ball away too often at the start and that only gave Arsenal the confidence to attack. Not a commanding match after recovering but neither was he a weak link. </p><p>Headed against a post towards the end of an unusually quiet first half. Did his best to force Chelsea back into the match as he got forward more often after the break.</p><p>Another committed 90 minutes from the Frenchman, who still seems slightly out of sorts in his more attacking midfield role. </p><p>While delivering a typically energetic display, N'Golo Kante remains out of sorts in midfield</p><p>Played a key role in breaking up some dangerous attacks and tried to get his team motoring but ultimately failed to succeed. </p><p>Withdrawn midway through the second half despite being one of Chelsea's better players. His lack of attacking threat, however, was ultimately why he had to make way for Barkley.</p><p>Struggled to get into the match as Arsenal dominated the opening stages and his miss after ten minutes was hardly a striker's finish. So often able to cut through Arsenal's defence, but not this time and was relatively subdued. </p><p>Talisman Eden Hazard was unable to help spark Chelsea into life as they succumbed to defeat</p><p>Another frustrating match for the Brazilian who tried repeatedly to cut in from the left and shoot but never looked like scoring and no surprise when he was replaced by Giroud.</p><p>Sokratis keeps a close eye on Willian as the Brazilian endures a frustrating evening</p><p>Posed more of a threat than the man he replaced and nearly knocked out Koscielny with a thunder bolt shot.</p><p>Fired an air shot at his one and only chance and would have benefitted from a longer run in the match.</p><p>Another player who perhaps should have started for Chelsea as he looked more dangerous on the ball than the man he replaced.</p><p>Cut a dejected, frustrated figure on the touchline as he struggled to get his tactics across. </p><p>Questionable to play without a recognised striker when he had a fit Giroud, an obvious aerial threat to Arsenal's notoriously vulnerable centre backs. </p><p>Did not seem to make any obvious howlers and tried to allow play to flow when he could. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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