Happy Friday to you all! A quick post from me today because the b*sta*ds at work are taking advantage of me being in early...
First up. Steve Bould is our new assistant coach. Well I never...
Arsene Wenger is pleased to have nabbed his man and had this to say on the appointment.
“His qualities are that he has experience of the top-level game, he has managed here, he knows our football philosophy and therefore there will be a continuity,” he said.
“He has also chosen after his playing career to coach here at the Club and we always want to give an advantage to people who know how we work, how we want to coach.
“A very good coach is the most important thing, no matter where you played.”
Very promising stuff.
There was more though...
"He was one who always gave me his honest feelings, and when I made different decisions he was completely behind me. That is a privilege when you are in my position. I am convinced it will not be a complete separation. I am convinced until the last day of his life he will be at the Emirates."
Am I sensing a bit of grooming for the big job going on here? That method worked with Liverpool for all those years. Why not Arsenal? I'm looking forward to seeing how a more modern approach to preparation will affect the side. I'm looking forward to seeing how a more motivated man affects the defence.
I mean really, this job is absolutely made for Bould to succeed in. It's not like he's taking over a steady ship. Pat Rice undoubtedly went stale in the last few years. Bould will be taking over a defence that has declined steadily over the last 7 years each season. I mean honestly, how can he not improve on a goals conceded tally of possibly plus 47? He basically has a blank slate to work with. I'm excited about this move and I think Arsene is as well.
On the player front, rumour has it that we're looking at Kagawa for £7million. He'd be a snip at that price. He's not the player I've heard we're looking at, but he certainly feels far more realistic. He's managed 35 games this year with 16 goals and 9 assists. He's banging them in for fun. He's technically gifted and I'm sure he'd suit our side and the pace of the Premier League. I'd be surprised if we were the only ones in for him at that price... we'll see!
Wenger said he's not talking to M'Vila at the moment and we're not close to signings anyone. That might be true, but believe me, we're active in the transfer market. I guess Wenger wants to ensure there are no mistakes at the weekend because players heads are fearing for their futures. He is interested in the Frenchman, whether we'll get him is a totally different question though! I'm sure we'll watch this one drag out over the summer in slow and painful fashion.
The West Brom game is our last game of the season, I'll give you a preview tomorrow. Needless to say, I think we're going to beat them. The sun is going to be out, the players will hopefully be motivated and we'll take that third spot.
Have a great day!
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