If Chris Wilder can get a team of ‘bang average players’ up into a European spot in the Premier League, imagine what he could do with Arsenal’s misfiring squad.
The Sheffield United manager has been hailed for his work at Bramall Lane by former Blades boss Neil Warnock, who says he would be regarded as a genius if he wasn’t an Englishman who has previously coached Halifax Town.
Wilder has been distantly linked with the Arsenal job in recent weeks, with talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino saying he would be the perfect man for turn around the Gunners’ fortunes.
The north London side are struggling under Unai Emery, who has come under steadily increasing pressure during their poor start to the season.
Fans are beginning to turn on the boss after watching their side throw away the lead to draw in each of their last four games in all competitions, most recently in the Europa League against Vitoria.
Meanwhile, despite spending big in recent transfer windows, Arsenal sit just one point above Sheffield United in fifth place, and even lost to the Blades when they travelled to Bramall Lane last month.
Wilder’s side also have a defensive record Gunners fans would kill for – they boast the joint-best defensive record in Premier League, tied with Man City with eight goals conceded in 11 games.
And Warnock is simply baffled how Wilder is doing it with a team of ‘bang average’ players.
“Chris has done a job like nobody can see,” he said on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast.
“I still don’t know how the play their system, I watch it and I still don’t know.
“It’s been good two divisions below, and now Premier League clubs do not know how to cope with Chris’ system. I think it’s great.
“The lads that play it do, because they’ve got freedom and everybody fits into that jigsaw.
“If it was a foreign manager that had come up with this new system, there would be plaudits everywhere. But because it’s Chris Wilder and he’s come from Northampton and Halifax, he doesn’t get the recognition.
“It’s an amazing system. I’m not being disrespectful, but he’s got bang average players playing top of the Premier League standards.
“That’s what you talk about man-management, these lads believe in what Chris is doing and good luck, the fans are loving it and I’m sure they’ll do well.”
Thursday’s Sports Breakfast show was packed with Arsenal fans calling in to vent their frustration with the team and boss Emery.
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One Gooner even told talkSPORT the club should ditch the Spaniard and get in either Sam Allardyce or David Moyes to replace him.
And Warnock reiterated a warning he sent to Gunners supporters when they were unhappy with Arsene Wenger before his departure last year.
“I used to come on talkSPORT and stick up for Wenger,” he added.
“I said to Arsenal fans back then, ‘be careful what you wish for’, because the grass isn’t always greener.
“And, in a couple of years, it will be on whoever replaces Emery won’t it.”
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