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Should Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United act first in sack race?

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Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are all struggling for form in this season's Premier League, but which club should act first in sacking their manager?

At the beginning of the season, each of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United would have expected to build on their respective efforts of the last campaign. Arsenal - buoyed by several high-profile additions - were hoping to be in contention for the top four, Spurs had just hit the unprecedented heights of reaching the Champions League final and West Ham should be challenging for a Europa League spot given their financial outlay since Manuel Pellegrini's arrival. However, the Chilean, as well as counterparts Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino, have all failed to deliver since the start of August, throwing up the question of which club will act first in parting ways with their manager?

Just like you can bet on the Irish Lotto at Lottoland, Spurs would be taking a calculated gamble if they chose to end the long reign of Pochettino. On one hand, the Argentine has played an integral part in developing numerous players, young and experienced, into world-class stars, and their market value is considerably higher than it was five years ago. However, the progress made both on and off the pitch has not resulted in trophies, while Pochettino suggested in the days around the Champions League final that he may have taken the team as far as he could. With Spurs down in 14th position in England's top flight and already 11 points adrift of the top four, he may be correct, but the majority of people associated with the club may argue that Pochettino deserves more time to turn things around, especially with the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon now nearing full fitness.

Many feel it is a different story when it comes to Emery's situation at Arsenal. Signing the likes of David Luiz, Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe was supposed to take the Gunners closer to challenging for the Premier League title in years to come, but there is a feeling that Arsenal have made no progress under the guidance of the Spaniard. As shown after Sir Alex Ferguson's departure at Manchester United, it is not easy replacing a legendary figure in the dugout, but the club's supporters would have expected much more when Emery was introduced in place of Arsene Wenger. Arsenal have a much more favourable fixture list after the November international break, but not taking advantage of that will surely result in Emery heading for the exit door, regardless of the club's hierarchy allegedly being prepared to show faith in the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss.

While the general consensus is that Emery should be the first of this trio to be sacked, Pellegrini cannot be far behind him at the London Stadium. Many are pointing to the absence of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski as the main reason for their recent demise, but his deputy Sergi Roberto, who has proven to be a disaster, was signed by Pellegrini in the summer. The Hammers manager must take full responsibility for that piece of business, and there can be no arguments that he has not been provided with transfer funds since his appointment in 2018. Like with Emery at Arsenal, there has been no progress in terms of league position or runs in cup competitions, leaving the West Ham hierarchy with a decision to make regarding his future. Ironically, the east Londoners face Spurs and Arsenal in their next two home encounters in the Premier League, and a negative result for any of these managers could ultimately lead to their dismissal.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City27183668293957
3Leicester CityLeicester27155754272750
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs2711794436840
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich CityNorwich2746172451-2718
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