Goooood morning you absolute darlings.
So I’ve been mulling over the latest moves at Arsenal. You look all that has gone on this past season with Ivan Gazidis, and you really have to ask the question:
Should he now resign?
He hasn’t just been embarrassed by Stan Kroenke, he’s been absolutely humiliated.
Ivan came out and said he believed our season was a catalyst for change. He meant those words. They weren’t for placation reasons. There was no dastardly game. They were a veiled threat of things to come for a manager tanking.
We arrive in June, and what exactly has happened?
Arsene Wenger has not only signed a new two-year deal. Which is bad enough. He’s also signed his shoddy backroom team into the same stretch of time, and successfully fought off the requirement to hire in a sporting director.
Think about it: Arsene Wenger has successfully fought off the need to change anything, despite failing badly this year.
At this point, what exactly is Ivan’s role at the club beyond the business?
How did his conversation with Stan K go down? Because he can put whatever spin on this he likes, but he spoke about the catalyst for change, he’s previously spoken about the consequences of the fan relationship breaking down, and he’s just let Stan K do what he wants and sign Wenger and his band of average backroom staff on again.
Arsenal, at this point, are no longer a sporting entity that can be taken seriously.
Where are the guts? When do you say enough is enough, threaten to walk if your views are not listened to, and worse, expose the absolute car wreck Stan and Wenger are overseeing?
Surely at this point, regardless of a fancy new house purchase in North London, Ivan has enough cash to see him through a good 5 years out of work. Surely, he knows that his record at Arsenal, outside the playing side, is impeccable enough to land him a job at a major sporting franchise anywhere in the world. Surely, he knows that by staying on, he looks incredibly weak?
So why not resign?
I gave Ivan the benefit of the doubt in the face of much criticism. I know there were plans afoot to bring in a new coach and make big changes behind the scenes. But, that faith is now shattered, because if you can’t persuade your boss, over three years, with a raft of data points, a cochofony of fan dissent, 5th place, and a disgraceful spanking in the champions league… that Wenger is shite. Then my lord, what is the point of your existence.
You’re not a CEO at this point, you’re a bean keeper.
At this point, for me, Arsene Wenger and Stan Kroenke deserve what’s coming to them. The complacency is shocking, because the word ‘complacent’ usuallycentress around comfort. Arsenal are comfortable in the pits of hell, casually watching their skin blister and vaporize. Fans, media, and players all turning their backs on the vision of a selfish old man… while Wenger is pulling up the duvet, busting opening the Ben & Jerry’s, and switching over for season ‘new’ on Netflix.
This is going to get so much worse. You can already see the weak points in the fixture list next season, and you know how badly we’re going to deal with Europa League. Looking at that nightmare pile up in February. Looking at how the teams around us are strengthening.
You can see how bad our summer strategy is going already. Sanchez, now looking more like he’s going to end up at City, as Bayern struggle to match his demands. Ozil, looking like he’s going to be rewarded a new deal with us because no other elite club wants to pay him what we will. Replacements are either ridiculously ambitious, just to show we tried. Or not good enough, like in the case of us replacing Giroud with a player who hasn’t ever been able to oust our bearded warrior from the national setup.
It’s even looking shaky with Alex Ox, who is a target for Liverpool. Bellerin is unsettled, shaking out interest from Barcelona. Fans are honestly debating whether to bring back our bag of average from Roma as Juve float £5m for him, despite dropping £50m for Buffon 16 years ago.
Wenger is incapable of rebuilding Arsenal. Most clubs have a plan, Arsenal’s is going to be:
‘See who we’ve kept by July / smash and grab any player that looks like progress’
We’re not looking at our system, working out the kinks, and bulking up where we’re lacking. Wenger is just lording over a jumble sale and will see where we end up.
It’s not about winning for Arsene Wenger. It’s about self-preservation. It’s clearly not about winning for Ivan, it’s about keeping his massively well-paid job above anything else.
It’s about self-preservation. It’s clearly not about winning for Ivan, it’s about keeping his massively well-paid job above anything else.
It’s clearly not about winning for Ivan, it’s about keeping his massively well-paid job above anything else.
When the culture at the top is not built around success, everyone fails.
Arsenal will never hit elite standards, because the setup doesn’t reward dissent, it doesn’t reward forward thinking, and winning is secondary to continuity.
Blood has always been on the hands of Stan Kroenke, but now it’s on the hands of Ivan, who has let himself down.
There’s a Q&A with him at the end of the month. I hope the fans get together and work out a strategic approach to questions.
No one cares about the price of Bovril…
No one wants an answer on the state of the loos in block 11…
Get to the core of the matter:
- What was the result of the internal review?
- The catalyst of change was poor performance, again. What was the change?
- Why were the backroom team rewarded with new contracts?
- Why was a sporting director not installed off the back of more failings, when it is clear, that’s the basic roadmap for modern success?
- Why have Arsenal done nothing to attack the power structure of a manager who held us hostage over contract talks?
- What are the club doing to smooth the way for an exit, should the obvious happen, and we fail again?
- What does Ivan see his role as, seen as he clearly has had no input on the decision of the manager?
- Why is the manager and the owner making backroom deals before the board meeting?