Arsene Wenger vs the Director of Football we dream of

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What does a DoF do? Arsene Wenger asked with a straight face at a press conference last season.

Juventus, relative minnows when it comes to superclub status in Europe (financially), have a General Manager called Giuseppe “Beppe” Marotta. He joined them in 2010 and has overseen a rapid improvement in the Italian clubs fortunes. He has a long term plan in place of who he’s buying, who he’s growing, and he’s selling. His success has been quite incredible. He’s overseen Antonio Conte and Max Allegri as manager, he’s won cups, he’s won 6 consecutive Serie A titles, and he’s made the European Cup Final twice in 3 years, losing to Madrid both times. He’s also their CEO and did a nice job rebranding.

His work in the transfer market has been a sight to behold. Barzagli ,Pirlo, Tevez, Pogba, Vidal, to name but a few.

This summer, off the back of winning a title and making the CL final, he’s added 10 players to the squad. Last season, he added 10 players. The season before he added 11 players.

Also worth noting he shifted on 10 or so names this summer, raking in €122m. He sold his Bonnuci, one of the best defenders in the world as soon as he knew there was trouble. They’re pretty much at a net spend of zero.

Arsene Wenger, famously said if you add more than 3 players it disrupts the squad. A line we all hoovered up without so much as challenging it.

So what has our own DOF added to the squad this summer? You’d think he’d go big considering the severity of our decline.

2 players. A left back and a striker, with a net spend of €56m.

Knowing we have a lot of deadwood, how have we performed shifting it on? Not good.

  • Jack Wilshere – £90k p/w
  • Chezzer – £100k p/w
  • Ospina – £40k p/w
  • Gibbs – £65k p/w
  • Jenks – £45k p/w
  • Santi – £90k p/w
  • Theo – £110k p/w
  • Debuchy – £70k p/w
  • Giroud – £100k p/w
  • Perez – £70k p/w
  • Yaya – £40k p/w

= £680k per week

That was my list at the start of the summer. Our shake up has been so bad that Giroud is now back to being an important player, and it’s clear we’re not going to move on the tragic figure of Theo Walcott. That leaves our dross wage bill at £470k a week. That’s £24m we’re going to blow on players who contributed to 49 starts last season.

Remember, Juventus, who have a General Manager, managed to shift Zaza to Valencia for €16m.

When you look at the numbers coming in and going out, and the likely impact that’ll have on our season, you have to wonder why no one is addressing this head on with Wenger?

  1. Part of our problem is we pay our average players too much
  2. Part is that we clearly treat our shite players with too much respect, because they’re not forced to move
  3. Part will be that we have a shocking approach to summer planning

Arsene Wenger doesn’t have a strategy, because he doesn’t have enough time to work on one during the season. He doesn’t have a dynamic scouting department that he trusts. He doesn’t have someone to do his dirty work. He doesn’t have a David Dein like peer to work with that can make the tough decisions for him and take them off his his hands.

Arsenal should have been ruthless this summer. We should have told Jack Wilshere to look for a new club last season. We should have been absolutely brutal with the squad, ripped out the average players, upgraded all over the park where we could have, adding more quality to the depth that doesn’t cut it, and brought in some seriously top names.

Juventus just signed Matuidi from PSG for €18m. Is there anyone who can honestly say a player like that, at 30 years old, wouldn’t have been a massive upgrade on our squad? Is there anyone in football who doesn’t think we could have upgraded Theo Walcott? Would Chamberlain be given another chance with us this season at Atleti? Is there anyone looking at our midfield thinking it’s going to be fit enough to last a season? Is there anyone who thinks our contract situation would be tolerated by any other club CEO in Europe?

It’s staggering there was even a debate about a DoF. The manager had a terrible season. The playing side is shambolic, the coaching bereft of ideas (that they can share at least). The contract situation looks to be debilitating already. We have made a very tepid impact on the transfer window for a club looking to move back into the big time.

We look more and more like an expensive induldgence, because we’re certainly not a profitable business empire these days. We’re heamoraghing money. There’s no clear strategy for success. We’re falling behind Europe at a rapid pace. No one is accoutable.

Roll on Stoke… see you in the comments.

477 Responses to “Arsene Wenger vs the Director of Football we dream of”

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  1. Sanmi

    The earlier the world realises we are at war the better.

    Anyone that wants to know more about Nigeria can ask me directly NOT listen to western media …just saying

    OR better still you can listen to me, the media and other Nigerians and make your own informed decisions

  2. Don

    Karim

    I do not support the west l’s involvement
    Not 1%
    Stay out. It’s not our place to dictate. That’s from a conservative. We have no right to go into other lands and try to implement our philosophy, the same way these demons have no right to molimebt their warped interpretations of Islam on the world

  3. Don

    Karim

    I do not support the west l’s involvement
    Not 1%
    Stay out. It’s not our place to dictate. That’s from a conservative. We have no right to go into other lands and try to implement our philosophy, the same way these demons have no right to molimebt their warped interpretations of Their religion on the world

  4. Sanmi

    Gonner63

    LOL… you have been scammed. Hilarious.
    As much as it pains me, I’d admit this. probably 70% of Nigerian youths are scam artists or sympathetic to their cause. It’s an epidemic.

    The law enforcement are reluctant to tackle it for a reason: in their eyes it’s better than they are armed robbers. BUT eventually the western world will grow up and won’t fall victims then the chicken will be home to roost the scam artists will become full blown robbers.

    Here’s my advise so you don’t fall:
    1. Never fall in love with anyone on the internet.
    2. You can’t win a lottery you dint buy a ticket. And only buy local tickets sanctioned by your government.
    3. Don’t be greedy. No stranger will offer you a deal that will make you wealthy. Ask yourself has he had so much money he wants to part with you?

  5. TR7

    Foreign invasion? Pull another excuse please! Sweden welcomed refugees with open arms and even they are facing the music as we speak. Spain has always abstained from any foreign adventures yet there was an attack in Madrid a few years ago and now Barcelona. The list is pretty long.

  6. Don

    Freeze immigration
    Deport criminals and non workers
    CCTV in cultural learning centres
    Stop accepting single males
    You’re single, you stay and look after the country you love so much
    We don’t want you

    That’s the answer

  7. Sanmi

    Here’s my observations

    The western world has had it so good for so long they aren’t even aware of the acute hatred in the world.
    After terror attacks I hear your govt officials say stuff like the terrorists will never break the bond of the people, we stand with victims bla..bla..

    Jeez. You have to talk tough and act tough. That’s the language they understand.

    Remembered a case in nigeria during president obasanjo regime when a town senselessly murdered some army officers on duty.
    The president gave the community 48hrs to hand over the killers because they were well known in the community.
    The community refused.
    The very next week. Armies were deployed to the town and every thing in sight was shot. They left only a church and mosque standing.
    He’s the only president in nigeria during his reign terrorists and militants keep low key.
    The entire west Africa listens when he speaks. Ask Liberia rebels and Charles Taylor. He sacked the entire capital in 24hrs.
    No weapon is out of question

  8. Vince

    Sanmi.
    “As much as it pains me, I’d admit this. probably 70% of Nigerian youths are scam artists or sympathetic to their cause….”

    Based on what, Sanmi? I’m Nigerian, brought up in Ogun state, served in Anambra and residing in Kaduna. To outsiders that’s practically north, east and south of Nigeria . This graud/419/yahooyahoo thingy you talk about is very rampant in west, hardly known in other parts. 70% of 200mil population is 140mil. That’s too gross a number of fraudsters/sympathizers not to have taken over the world already.

  9. karim

    DonAugust 17, 2017 19:55:55
    KarimI do not support the west l’s involvement
    Not 1%
    Stay out. It’s not our place to dictate. That’s from a conservative. We have no right to go into other lands and try to implement our philosophy, the same way these demons have no right to molimebt their warped interpretations of Their religion on the world

    Exactly my thoughts, thanks.

    TR7

    So what do you suggest Einstein ? A final solution maybe ?
    And please, no more hateful Koran quotes, they can be also found in the Bible and Talmud…

  10. Sanmi

    Vince

    I said scam artists + sympathetic. It means it’s either they are the fraudsters or they believe the fraudsters should be left alone or are indifferent. I bet you’d agree with me the vast majority of Nigerians thinks it’s ok some people are doing it.70% is probably too small.

    Lastly I used the word probably. Which means uncertain.
    Also I restricted it to just youths. Not old or too young Nigerians

  11. Zaco

    Sanmi
    “And yes Nigeria is better country than Syria. You are the type that go on endless desert trek to Libya in hope to get to Europe battered”

    I said I’m not going to talk about this but you are pushing me to change my mind. the fact that some of us trek through the desert trying to move into Europe via Libya is a testament to what I’m saying that Nigeria is a BAD country, you asked when last i saw a starving child, now have you not heard of women selling their children and some exchanging their babies for bags of Rice? this was a country whose president has been on medical vacation in London for more than 100 days while his people cannot afford basic medical care, it is called corruption. This same president promised the electorates that when voted into power he would ensure that no government official ever travel out of the country in search of medical care, the same man has spent a total of 155 days (55day the first time and 100 days as at today for the second time) and those who dared protest against his policies are being killed and teargassed in some cases, if all these are not corruption i don’t know what else is.

  12. Carts

    My mum is Nigerian. I’ve been there several times. Never experienced any problems, personally!

    Poverty for the average person is a motherfucker. Corruption has no chill in those parts. Everyday is a hustle.

    Only ever been to Lagos and Abuja. Much prefer Abuja as it’s not as “gara gara” as Lagos.

    I remember when I went to Moscow back in 06. Wandering around and bumped into a Russian and a Nigerian who both happened to be pals. Most bizarre thing ever especially when the Nigerian started speaking fluent Russian.

  13. London gunner

    wahhabism Has to be eradicated.

    The cats out the bag now.

    We’ve let the nutters into Europe and their children and their grand children will be raised hating the west.

    It’s like a virus you need to eradicate it or it spreads.

    We should only allow

  14. London gunner

    wahhabism Has to be eradicated.

    The cats out the bag now.

    We’ve let the nutters into Europe and their children and their grand children will be raised hating the west.

    It’s like a virus you need to eradicate it or it spreads.

    The only male Muslims we should accept are shias the only sunnis we should except should be the women and children.

    Sick and tired of hearing of my fellow Europeans being killed by the death cult that is wahhabism.

    No issues with the majority of Muslims they cool! But it’s to risky to allow any make sunnis into Europe.

  15. Bamford10

    Spain’s right-wing Popular Party government supported & participated in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The 2004 Al Qaeda-inspired Madrid bombings were in response to that.

    As for ISIS, let’s remember that ISIS was created as a result of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with the US/NATO proxy/regime change wars in Libya and Syria.

    In no way, shape or form is military violence a “solution” to the problem of Islamist terrorism. Indeed, in many ways, imperialist violence is the principal cause of the problem.

  16. TR7

    Karim

    The final solution?

    1. Muslims have to get out of the persecution complex that engulfs them. This perennial victim mode instills hatred. Mind you Muslims are not the only religion/sect which has faced persecution or atrocities.

    2. Good Muslims need to come out of their shell/indifference and fight the evil forces in their sect with the same fervor they seem to fight everyone outside their religion. If any non Muslim criticizes Islam he is simply termed as a racist. So non Muslims have no chance of reforming Islam. Good Muslims will have to reform the religion. And for that they will have to accept first there is problem in Islam. Just now you equated Koran with Bible, that’s for me is the real problem. Even good intentioned Muslims like you are in denial mode. Bible or for that matter any other holy book might have its fair share of wrong teachings but nobody is killing in the name of those books.

    3. Mixing religion with politics is a recipe for disaster. I don’t know whether you agree or not but there is no religion which intermingles with politics more than Islam. There is not a single Muslim majority country which is secular. Perhaps Muslims need to rise against such politically religious establishments as well.