What should Arsenal be thinking about when hiring a new manager?

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You know things are flaccid when Le Grove is struggling to muster some sort of new angle on Wenger’s demise fresh off the back of an embarrassing defeat.

There isn’t a fresh path these days.

Uninterested owner

Neutered CEO

Dictatorial manager

Average players who don’t believe in themselves

No sign of an end in sight!

Man, that’s a depressing run of bullet points.

Some more colour commentary on quite how average the Arsene regime comes from ex keeper, CHEZZER. This is him talking to the press about development.

“Honestly, I couldn’t say from a technical standpoint that I improved in any way from when I became first choice at Arsenal until the day I left for Roma.

“However, in the two-and-a-half years since I came to Italy I’ve improved massively, which is thanks to the coaches and the way they work.

“It’s not about improving when you play, it’s every day in training you have to work on every aspect of your game and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”

He goes on…

“I think in general, the coaches in Italy are much more tactical, that’s just how the league works.

“At Arsenal you’d just prepare physically for it but here you watch films analysing a specific opponent before the game and afterwards we’ll watch again to see what worked and what didn’t.

“I enjoyed working with some great coaches at Arsenal, Roma and here, but the goalkeeping school in Italy is very different – it’s very technical and pays more attention to the details.”

It’s really not an England vs Italy thing. It’s an Arsene vs the world thing.

Pep Guardiola had three meetings to prepare for how to beat Stoke. His players love the variety in training, they have fun, they learn, it’s intense.

How many meetings do you think Arsene had about Watford? How intense do you think a training session with Mesut Ozil is going to be? How often do you think Arsene has changed up his training ideas in the last 20 years? How detailed do you think Arsenal reconnaissance missions are? How much information do you think the Arsenal players have on the opposition before they play? How often do you think Wenger sits down with players and actually coaches or mentors them?

It’s a lifestyle offering at Arsenal. Players come to us to die. We’re like Florida for players. Xhaka was a promising talent, now he’s drowning in a crisis of confidence. Mesut Ozil hasn’t adapted his game, he’s the same guy he was 4 years ago and fan commentary is centred around the issue being how the squad is set up to cater to his precious needs. Lacazette can’t play away from home so far, and looks really, really okayish.

The only players you can really look at as heroes are Monreal and Sanchez. The latter because he plays for himself, the former because he’s a gladiator.

Wenger isn’t bringing anything new to the table.

People talk about his replacement needing to be a big name don’t have much of a grasp on what the club need.

Would I take Carlo right now? Of course. I’d take Marco Silva, Sean Dyche or Brendan Rodgers right now. All would improve Arsenal and that’s not even being sarcastic. That’s pure reality.

However, we don’t need any of those guys. We need someone with a fresh vision of how the game is played. We need a next generation mind with a philosophy on how the game is played, how a team should press, how you recruit players.

Reality is we need a Sporting Director as badly as we need a new manager. Is Mark Overmars the right man for the job? Who knows. My doubts with him come from the fact he’s being hired by Wenger. That man doesn’t invite attacks on his authority. So it’s a powder puff signing regardless of how talented the guy is as a sporting director.

Anyway, back to the manager. We should be finding someone doing great things at a smaller club. Be the kingmaker.

Find a man who understands the psychology of the players. Someone who is a people person. Someone who is a football man as well.

We need someone with an exciting vision of how the game should be played. Ralph Ragnick is getting the most out of Ralph Hasenhüttl. An extremely defensive manager in a past life, now offering up the flare of Ragnick. Leipzig are sitting third in the Bundesliga again.

In Italy, Sarri of Napoli is creating some of the best build-up play in the world. His football is only seconded to the mesmeric show being put on by Pep G. We’ll never land the Spaniard, but we could land the Italian building a similar project on a budget. You’re not buying trophies, you’re buying a brand of football and thinking you believe could counter something spectacular in our league.

Signing Simeone looks great on paper, but he doesn’t have Arsenal football at Madrid. He has a big ego, he’ll demand he brings an expensive team, and he’ll be bigger than the club.

Ivan needs to be kingmaker, and he needs to set his sights higher than Eddie Howe, Roger Schmidt and Rafa Benitez.

That’s the big fear here, does Ivan have a footballing vision? Has he been paying attention to what’s going on in the world of football? Sounds like a stupid question, but is he really paying attention? The press narrative was about post-Wenger planning being a shambles. Well, start planning right now who you want. Sound out names. Get your ducks in order right this second. Have a plan A, plan B and a plan C. Have monitors our on managers cutting tremendous shapes. Keep tabs on Marcelo Gallardo. Tap up Jardim about taking over from Wenger. See how David Wagner’s season pans out. Pay attention to what Silva is doing, because he’s on his second club and things are looking good for him.


But likely not.

… because we are not a sporting entity.