“Nothing is good enough any more. You try to do as well as you can.
“Success is not down to me to judge. Our job is to do as well as we can until the end of the season.
“We want to play in the Champions League next season but we have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for places, and how well we do until the end of the season will depend on that.
Might as well start on that. I mean, success is down to Wenger to judge. He knows the decision to stay on sits with him and him alone. Sad times, what a shambles the board are if that’s allowed to happen. A rich old man’s play thing. What an embarrassing way to run a club.
Amazing that he is complaining that nothing is good enough, I don’t want to go too far into it, but missing the quarter-finals 7 seasons in a row is an appalling record considering the budget he’s overseeing. Not winning the league in 13 years is nearly the longest spell any manager in modern Arsenal history has gone without winning it. However you cut it, Wenger hasn’t been good enough.
Pep Guardiola thinks the leadership arc of a manager is 3 years, which is short. But not far off. Carlo Ancellotti’s longest was 8 years at Milan where he totally dominated. Even Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s greatest ever manager, has been sacked twice and it’s been justified.
I’ve finished my Carlo book. It was pretty interesting, but he’s such a gent, he doesn’t really get into the gory details of football management. It’s high-level stuff, but he’s certainly still a student of the game, admitting that football and analytics is still has a massive disconnect. Anyway, one of his points that he really drills into is the idea of the manager being the highest paid person at the club. Loosely:
‘I can’t understand why anyone would insist on this. The players are the most important people at the club. Who would disagree with that? The manager is only important when the players aren’t winning anymore and that’s the right way’
Sharp contrast to Arsenal, who are run by a man who people think is this altruistic hero of a person who doesn’t care about money, yet insists he’s the highest paid, at the expense of us losing players.
Interesting reading the glee people are taking in Guardiola missing out on the last 16. People calling him a fraud? Seems to be the way you gain attention these days, calling someone a fraud really aggressively. Like someone who has been in the semi-finals 7 times in a row can be deemed a fraud.
He’s one of the best in the business, I’m sure once he bangs that team into shape, they’ll be a contender. People need to remember that our squad was more expensive to assemble than Bayern’s, it’s also more expensive to service. They spent net £44m (AFC £87m) last summer. Net £28m (AFC £22m)the summer before. Net £44m (AFC net £77m) the summer before.
I’m really not sure how anyone can excuse our poor performance in the CL, or knock Pep in his first season at City.
West Brom tomorrow, a chance to pull our Top 4 Title game back on track. I think the atmosphere is likely to be muted. Hoping Tony P gets a spanking and that’ll raise spirits. We need a bit of joy in our lives, and I’ll take it anywhere it comes.
Finally, Jeremy Corbyn is Wenger in. What a surprise. He must see a lot of himself in the Arsenal manager.
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