Danny WELBZ has cost us £8m a goal. Someone at one of the major papers is drawing a salary for that bit of analysis. Tells you loads, eh?
What a joke.
Things we need to know about WELBZ.
Firstly, he’s playing in a broken system. It’s tough out there. The squad has no balance at the moment. His supply has been pretty weak so far this season. We’re not creating much. Secondly, the team he’s playing in seems pretty flat on energy and so does he after playing in all the games. Thirdly, the lad is new.
I wanted to go for a better striker in the summer, but can’t say I’m upset with WELBZ. He’s talent. He’s raw, but he’s a worthwhile investment. If I was going to chop anyone, it’d be Giroud. He’s not getting any better and most of his weaknesses can’t be rectified. He’s also pushing close to his prime. A good moment to get shot and bring in something more elite.
A few people giving me grief about supporting Ivan. Give it a rest ya? All I’m saying is you need to give people a chance. He’s not had one really if you consider the situation from a normal working perception. The Arsene and Stan lockdown is a bit like trying to manage your bosses inept son. Sure there are question marks over his handling of staffing. The non integration of Shad is a worry and weak. This Joncker character seems cut from the same ‘me me me’ cloth as Van Gaal. I have no idea what our new scout is there to do or how we’ve utilised that £2m data system.
Ok, so some problems. But most caused by having an owner who worships at the feet of our manager.
Let’s see what happens when that problem is lifted. Let’s see how the club is reorganised in the post-Wenger apocalypse. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? 20 years in the darkness of irrelevance? Pfft! Stop being so fucking negative all the time…
United are next. I have the fear, do you? Can you imagine the most unbalanced side on the planet, in favour of attackers, taking on our back four in the state it’s in at the moment. I mean, we have to hope those lot have a seriously bad day and our lot have an inspired one. Di Maria, Robin, Rooney and Mata bringing it to us… worried. The only thing Van Gaal seems to have over Arsene is tactical nous, so he’ll have spotted the weaknesses. He probably sent an intern to run the report on us…
In other more wayward news, what I told you would happen with the players, seems to be happening. Tomas Rosicky has bemoaned the managers tinkering with the system and the output. He’s also complained that he’s not involved. Which for me, considering what a good player he is, is a perfectly valid complaint. Managing any setup is all about psychology. You can’t ostracise a whole group of talented players and expect them to stay motivated. There’s no reason to leave Tomas, Rosicky and Joel Campbell out the line up week in week out. It’s outrageous really. Especially as the offshoot of not using your squad is injuries. Now the complaining is starting to happen…
… but. One guy who is not complaining is Alexis. He put down some thoughts with AS that were almost comical in their bizarreness. It was like the interview was penned by Mark Gonnella.
‘Now that I’m here, sometimes I stop to look my teammates during the training session and I realise that I’m surrounded by a lot of quality stars. I have been impressed by their attitude and their talent. I know that with this team we can win many trophies in the coming years. I’m convinced.’
‘I love how they create spaces, their individual and collective movements. I tell you seriously: I like what I see so much that I have repeated myself many times, that if we have the required winning mentality, if we are positive and try to win every single game, I know we can win any competition.’
I mean, I like it. But that chat doesn’t really stack up with the reality of what we’re seeing. It’s true that we do have very good players, but I’m not sure I see much of what Alexis is seeing. That said, what do you expect a new boy to say?
‘Fuck me, it was better at Barca’
That interview was by Ballague. Who is rumoured to be facing legal action after he leaked the story that Ronaldo’s nickname for Messi is ‘motherfucker’… I mean, it’s not really a nickname. There’s nothing creative about it, is there? I’d have gone for Gollum or something like that? Amusing regardless.
Hey, just wanted to ask everyone to stop making outrageous suggestions on the new manager. If I here another intelligent person suggest Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp are acceptable names, I’m gonna, errr, disagree very strongly in a polite manner.
Thierry Henry to Arsenal is almost as terrible a suggestion as Alan Shearer to Newcastle back in the day. He’s not exactly management material from what I’ve read. He’s relatively insular, he’s not hugely popular and he has NO MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE. Similar story with Bergkamp. I mean, I get that he’s had quite a lot of assistant time with Ajax, he has a good temperament but man can’t get on no plane. You hear me?
If we’re going with an explayer, it should be Steve Bould. He knows the set up, everyone loves him at the club, he has a presence, he knows what’s working, what’s not working… he was a brilliant player. You also know if you crossed him he could pin you through the wall. He’s another one similar to Ivan… he’s not had the chance to prove his worth because he’s working in an environment that doesn’t encourage innovation or putting your neck on the line.
‘But why doesn’t he just give it what for to Arsene’
Come on mate, would you give it some to your boss if you were in an industry where every other club close to where you live had an assistant manager? Would you risk your house on being a bit of a muppet to a manager you know won’t listen? Of course you wouldn’t. With certain managers, you have to play the game. I feel sorry for everyone at Arsenal. Working in an place that doesn’t encourage creative problem solving would kill me…
Ladies and gentlemen. I’ve been busted. Sorry.
Another thing I wanted to address was the protest stuff yesterday. I forget that when I’m writing this, I’m not talking to people in a pub. Personally, I’m not a protestor. I do find it a bit embarrassing, I don’t like the idea that the only way to get your point across is in militant fashion. In this country, we don’t protest for the things that are truly important, so the idea that we’d protest against a manager who is sustaining top four mediocrity feels a bit spoilt.
But the point is this, if lots of people want to do it. Who am I to critique or snipe? Ultimately, we’ve seen that all the bitching online doesn’t do anything. Sir Chips was staunchly proWenger / anti-fan at the AGM. I found his arrogance staggering. Maybe the only way people who are cocooned away from the real world can understand how much people care is to see a sea of united red and white faces making a point?
For me, the power doesn’t come right now. The power comes from making a stand at the end of the season. Anything that happens at this moment will be disruptive. The PR narrative isn’t right. But really, come the end of another disappointing season… would it be the worst idea if we’re overseeing another £8m seasons of failure that could have been rectified?
Who knows. It’s not up to me. I’m just not really to fussed either way this season. Nothing seems to penetrate the walls at Arsenal.