The Barclay’s Premier League season kicked off on Saturday August 17, 2013. Each club has now played six matches and one manager has been fired (Sunderland’s Paolo Di Canio). Even after just six matches, some Premier League managers have been riding one hell of a roller coaster ride. And you can bet there will be plenty more ups and downs over the course of the next thirty-two matches.
It didn’t take long for one group of supporters to start screaming for the head of their manager. Shortly after their opening day loss at home to Aston Villa, an irate Arsenal supporter was seen voicing his opinion on the Internet and that rant immediately went viral. “Either the board or Wenger must go” pronounced the emotional and visibly agitated Arsenal fan.
There were calls from the media and on soccer talk shows demanding for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s head. Wenger is a man who, over the course of his career, has won the Premier League (three times), the FA Cup (four times), and guided his club to fifteen straight Champions League qualifications.
Fast forward to today and Arsenal Football Club have won ten straight matches in all competitions while sitting on top of the Premier League as well as their Champions League group.
Maybe the supporters lit a fire under their manager by voicing their displeasure so early in the season? Maybe Arsene Wenger knew to keep doing what he believed in because he has a proven track record? Maybe he just knew the results would come? Maybe Wenger is aware that the Premier League season is a marathon, not a sprint.
After demolishing Newcastle at the Etihad by four goals, Manchester City traveled to Cardiff City and lost one of the more entertaining matches of the early season, 3-2. Although many football experts have stated that Cardiff’s home ground will be a tough place for any Premier League club to take maximum points, very few people expected Manchester City to leave Wales without a single point.
Manchester City is one of the stronger preseason contenders for the Premier League title. They were universally applauded for hiring one of the most respected and qualified managers in Europe, Manuel Pellegrini. “The Professor” has won two titles at separate clubs in Argentina (San Lorenzo and River Plate) and has guided three Spanish clubs deep into the Champions League (Real Madrid, Villarreal, Málaga).
City have also added more talent to their squad with the signings of Álvaro Negredo, Jesús Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic, and Martín Demichelis.