How are we this morning? The weather in London is shining! So good to be back.
England lost 3-2 to France. Yawn. Really don’t think it’s going to be a surprise that Gareth Southgate isn’t going to be a great manager. I’d be trying to play like Spurs, seen as a fair chunk of the squad has played under Poch. That’s just me.
Right, onto Arsenal.
The Standard ran with the story that Arsene Wenger has successfully managed to secure deals for his average backroom team. That means Gerry Peyton, Boro Whatdoeshedo, Tony Colbert and Steve Rowley all land new deals. There’s also talk of a sporting director coming from within.
So basically, after dropping out of the CL in the last 16 for the 7th time in a row… after dropping out the top 4 for the first time. The club is making no changes. There are no repurcussions for anyone. Wenger lands a new deal, his gang the same. Quite incredible, even by Wenger’s standards.
However, it powers into my point I made the other week. Wenger doesn’t care about winning. He talks a terrific game.
‘Every defeat hurts’
However, it’s clear that winning is secondary to sustaining his empire. A true winner, who has to be accountable, would be ripping out his backroom team and at least attempting to plug knowledge and skill gaps. It’s literally going to be 14 years since our last league win. He still has the same staff, the same training methods and the same iron grip on transfers.
If he was serious about winning, and he watched as much football as he claims. He’d be making drastic changes. He has no desire to win, just a desire to continue.
However, what is clear about this, is there are no stipulations in the new deal. He’s not going get fired if he has another bad season. It’s just business as usual. The club has caved to a man so dominant, he’s actually bigger than a club. It’s quite gross. It’ll also send a message to the players of Europe that Arsenal are not longer serious about winning.
Lemar, Forsberg, M’Bappe and Lacazette on the radar? Who are we kidding.
This summer is going to be an exercise in tying failing players to longer deals. We’ll see Giroud hang on. We’ll make ok changes, because proper players won’t come to us. We’ll be in an even worse position next season, because we won’t have one-man-wrecking-ball Alexis Sanchez to help us. We’ll also struggle with Europa League duties on Thursdays.
The Gazidis Q&A will be interesting. How is he going to spin his ‘catalyst for change’ line? Because let’s be real here. If everything is the same bar three players, you’ve changed nothing.
Right, that’s me done.
HAVE A GOOD ONE! x