Catalyst for change: Ivan Gazidis drops hero signing?

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The face you pull when you look at Arsenal's transfer of the last 5 years

The face you pull when you look at Arsenal’s transfer of the last 5 years

I can’t lie to you people, this international break has rejuvenated me. I’ve forgotten how Arsenal’s form has been panning out and I’m starting to feel very excited the club is finally thinking about behaving like a modern superpower.

The club is carving out some of the average backroom staff. Steve Rowley, a man who has staved off the knackers yard because of his tight relationship with Wenger is being pushed out. I can’t tell you how average the reviews are of this man. A progress blocker and clearly, quite an average talent scout these days. Rumours that he’s going to take the club to court are hilarious.

‘Your honour, before this debacle is allowed to proceed any further, may I present the following items of evidence.

  • Gervinho.
  • Park Chu-Young
  • Amaury Bischoff.

‘Case dismissed’

I’ll dig you out some of the players he’s passed on for not being ‘Arsenal quality’ and you’ll want to cry. This is finally, the downfall of a miserable regime. You’ll realise when it all falls apart what a crock of shite we’ve been served over the past few years. All the stories will creep out the woodwork.

Anyway, Sven Mislintat is the latest exciting name to be linked to Arsenal.

The Chief Dortmund Scout is being lined up to replace Steve Rowley. This is REALLY exciting and should be welcomed. It’s the first backroom name I’ve been excited about since Jens Lehmann or Shad Forsythe. The German made his name bringing in names like Auba, Kagawa and Lewandowski.

This section of ESPN’S Stephan Uersfeld is music to my ears.

All the while, Mislintat worked his way through the ranks at Dortmund. He was handed more power before being made the club’s head of professional football with a contract through to 2021 amid a power struggle with then-head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Both had fallen out just over six months into Tuchel’s two-year reign at Dortmund, clashing over the transfer of Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres. As Mislintat was banished from the club’s training grounds, he continued to do his work from the club’s headquarters just a few hundred metres away from the Westfalenstadion, continuing work on transfers of the likes of Dembele.

Mislintat’s legacy at Dortmund is incredible. He has had his say in the signings of Mats Hummels, Jakub Blaszyczkowski, Neven Subotic, Sven Bender and Lewandowski, all of them forming the core for BVB’s golden generation that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reached the 2013 Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp. In recent years, he not only worked on the Dembele deal, which made a massive profit when he was sold to Barcelona for €105m this summer, but also helped BVB land Aubemayang and Raphael Guerreiro.

Now, you know how much I love Thomas Tuchel. To read that this guy is more valued than him is truly amazing.

He’s a massive advocate of smart technology. He’s an adept video analyst, supporting Klopp from the stands with half-time video edits to show his team. He’s also known as Diamond Eye because he finds DIAMOND PLAYERS FAM.

I’ve been saying for years we should be plucking names from clubs doing great things with very little. This is the perfect example of that in play (if true). He goes where the value is. That could be Japan, or more recently, raiding eastern Europe for players no one else is paying attention to.

What makes me even more excited is he’s a football man. We’re not simply hiring a scout. We’re hiring an experienced assistant coach, we’re hiring someone who understands how modern football infrastructure works, and we’re hiring someone mega clubs around the world want. He’s also peak age, 45 is experienced, but still ready to make a name for himself.

This is what the catalyst for change should have been about in the summer. Would our summer have been so poor had we been working with this guy? No way.

What is clear from all the talk this week is this… Arsenal is finally planning for the next level, is the next level, is the next level. We’re making moves beyond Wenger. We are finally building an infrastructure for tomorrow.

Buy in a really good Director of Football, who has deep contacts and smarts in the game. Bin off our shoddy keeping coach and bring back Tony Roberts. Move on Primorac. Hire some of the old guards. Hire the best manager money can buy… as in, the manager with the best vision of the game. Be that Jardim, Allegri or Sarri.

Man, we’d be set… who wouldn’t want to be part of that ride?

Right, I’ll give you a Spurs preview later. Had to get that off my chest!

Arsenal, underdogs?

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via @Arsenal instagram

via @Arsenal instagram

Arsene Wenger put up a stout defence of his Arsenal side heading into the weekend derby game.

“We have no fear, we are focused on nullifying their strengths and expressing ours. Tottenham are a good side but we have the quality to win the game.