Let’s get the minor moan out the way… Arsene Wenger / 2 match touchline ban.
Now, I’m not pretending I know how to manage a football team, I’m not pretending I understand the true merits of a false 9, but, if I’d been told I couldn’t communicate with the dug out, the last think I’d have is Pat Rice flapping hand signals at me like a retarded seagull caught in a fisherman’s net… I mean honestly, what were those two thinking?
Now, I’m not sure how Colin Lewin communicates with the bench. But I’ve seen him talking into his jacket. So I’m assuming he’s either insane, or using a radio. Why the hell couldn’t Wenger sit with a radio hooked into his jacket, then when he needed to speak to the bench, walk inside and contact Colin, who could relay to Wenger, or speak to someone else on the bench that wouldn’t be too obvious. I mean honestly… am I being too harsh here? Surely in the pre-match meet up that wasn’t the best solution an Arsenal brainstorm session could offer?
Anyway, he could be on the bench for Wednesday as we’re appealing it. God knows how that appeal is going to look!
Manchester United tied up a deal worth £40million a season for 4 years with Logistics powerhouse DHL. Now, I used to work in the logistics game, DHL have a similar reputation to United. They’re one of the biggest, but pretty vulgar at the same time. I don’t want to go into detail because I’d get sued, but I could tell you a few stories about why United and DHL are a perfect brand fit. So United make £24milllion year from their shirt deal, Arsenal sit 7th, one place behind Villa, one above Fulham on £5.5million. Marvo… still, at least we struck our 8th commercial deal with Bettson last week. Only 15 more and we’ll match United’s 23 commercial deals.
Just for your reference, the opportunity cost of our weak commercials according to the AST was £35mill way back when. Now United clear £39mill more than us a season! That’s one Kun Aguerro!
The deal for out piggy little Frenchman should be concluded before Wednesday, apparently it hinges on Samir’s Dad wanting to take £3million for his part in the 3 week deal. It’s a struggle to see where Sammy gets his lust for the mercenary lifestyle eh? Arsenal are posturing over the final part of the deal, but good riddance I say. I’m sure we can find someone else who can give us more than 3 months value in 3 years. I struggle to see how he fits into their system, but who cares eh? As long as someone like Eden Hazard replaces him, I’m not fussed.
The Times are reporting Wenger might field Sammy against Udinese in defiance of the board… they’re also reporting City and Chelsea are in for Parker.
United vs Spurs
Spurs were pretty much dealt a spanking last night. Without Modric, they’ll struggle this year. Defoe was terrible. I do worry how they’d look with Diarra and Ade in their set up though. Two squad changing players regardless of their reputations.
United didn’t dazzle, yet still had 24 attempts on goal, they’ve got a young and powerful team there who have a very good attitude to the game. Their youth team players have come through slowly and they’ve been blended perfectly with experience. They’re a stronger outfit than last year, which isn’t what I wanted to see.
In 98′ Wenger was the benchmark for Fergie, same in 02 and 04. Trouble with Arsene is that he didn’t kick his philosophy on past 98′. What he needed to do this summer was shake up the set up, hand over control of first team coaching to someone else and work on what he does best, bringing in talent.
We needed a shake up of personnel in the back room. Pat Rice is still running warm ups the same as he was in 98′. He’s an old boy now. We’re expecting miracles at the club when the main back room power brokers/decision makers are the same.
Why do you think Wenger strong armed Pat into staying on? Because the thought of someone coming in and telling him how it is was too much of a worry. If the mind-set of a manager is he knows best about everything, progress becomes harder and harder the further away from reality they find themselves.
This is why Wenger’s eventual replacement becomes interesting. The club can go one of two ways.
We appoint a Louis Van Gaal or a Guus Hiddink and allow them to bring in a full squad of backroom staff. Journeymen managers like that have expensive teams they take with them and big clubs allow them to recruut for themselves because they are proven quality and success usually follows them.
Trouble with this is you face a huge bill should you remove the manager. England have this issue now. Fabio’s backroom staff are all legible for a bus pass, all on monster deals and they’d cost a bomb to sack. Club owners lose an element of control when they recruit like this.
Young Hot Shot
Now this is the more modern method. You approach a manager like Owen Coyle or David Moyes and offer him maybe two members of staff. The club directly employ the medical team, the GPS staff and the specialist coaches as well as the Youth Team coaches.
Now this means that if your young upstart bombs after 5 months all the infrastructure remains. It also gives the CEO and the owners more say over how the team is run. Some say that is a managers nightmare scenario, others would say that this stops a manager taking control of a club.
Arsenal responded to the site who published that story yesterday to say that it was nonsense. Incredible how many people chose to believe an article that even if true, had absolutely no bearing on the outcome of a summer that hasn’t seen us target any player who earns £150k a week. We don’t offer mega money as a basic, but that’s not to say we don’t top up salaries with bonuses if we need to. Regardless, we can vastly improve our team with players who earn far less than £100k a week.
It’s also amazing how many people criticised Katie in the press office for responding. She’s e-mailed me plenty of times to correct my inaccuracies. She’s so helpful, she even proof reads my posts.
Blogger outreach has to be part of any clubs strategy. Combined we probably generate more traffic per article than most of the news agencies Arsenal stories. That’s a powerful reach. Like we’ve said many times before, the club read the blogs… they’d be stupid not to.
Players are sneaking back to fitness. By my reckoning we’ll have JD, Djourrou, Song, Gervinho, Frimmers and Jack all in contention. This my friends is both a gift and a curse. Rushing players back for important Champions League games has stifled us in the past. Remember away in Portugal last year with Cesc? Or Barcelona away with Cesc? Bloody Cesc…
Anyway, there’s no choice really. Unless we can control the game with possession, we could find ourselves in trouble. All we need is one goal really. Then they’d need 3. That shouldn’t be a major ask, however, with a team on the floor like ours, it might be.
Apparently Mata went to Chelsea as they had a better footballing offer. A bit gutting. But good to know it wasn’t because we weren’t in for him or that he wanted £6000million a year to come to us. Simple solution there, make the team more appealing to imports Arsene.
If you’re in marketing, Charlie Allen and Mark Gonnella gave me some quotes for a football and social media piece I wrote for The Drum. Arsenal do pretty well out of it, well worth a read if you find that type of nonsense interesting.
See you in the comments!
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