Premier League sack race – Mikel Arteta now Evens after horror start for Arsenal, Hasenhuttl second fave ahead of Vieira

MIKEL ARTETA is the even-money 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.

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But an abject defeat to newly-promoted Brentford has seen his price shorten to 11/4 and now to Evens with Betfair.

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."

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is 7/1 second favourite while Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira, one of the favourites before the start of the season is now priced at 9/1.

The Eagles were comfortably beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, although little else was expected against the title challengers.

Watford boss Xisco enjoyed an excellent win over Aston Villa and is no longer favourite for the axe at 12/1

Steve Bruce and Bruno Lage may have suffered opening day defeats but their prices have actually improved, priced at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.

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Premier League next manager sacked

Betfair odds

  • Mikel Arteta Evens
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl 7/1
  • Patrick Vieira 9/1
  • Steve Bruce 12/1
  • Sean Dyche 12/1
  • Xisco 12/1
  • Bruno Lage 14/1

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