Arsene has been creating competitions for Arsenal again and I’ve got to say, I’m feeling plenty chipper this morning!
We’re the best away team in the world, we’re the only team to have beaten both the Champions League finalists and we’re top of the top four league…
Bugger me, that’s the treble!
It’s an interesting tangent for Wenger to go off on. I used to work in cardboard box factories managing logistics, I had to present figures to the box masters every week… it’s amazing how creative you can be with figures, sad fact is, in the box industry, it always came down to one thing… are costs up, or down?
Wenger, your cardboard box stats are down, way down… no amount of creativity with pivot tables is going convince us otherwise. We’ve had a poor season, we’re possibly on to have a worse defence than Fulham this year and that sir, is unacceptable.
I thought his comments about the coach were pretty interesting as well. He spoke about the democracy that doesn’t exist, then he said,
“We are open-minded. It will be difficult to find a coach who teaches me how to manage a football team.”
There you have it… that’s Arsene summed up in a slip of the tongue. If you assume your opinion is the right one all the time, you have to be damn sure you’re right all the time. Arsene has been getting the fundamentals wrong for the best part of 3 years now. Could another manager have told him Almunia was toilet? Could another manager have told him the average age of the squad doesn’t matter if the kids aren’t good enough? Could another manager have suggested a better defender than Squillaci?
Management for me is all about surrounding yourself with the best talent and making the decisions from there. From what I understand, Ferguson doesn’t run the training sessions anymore, he leaves that to his coaches. Wenger micro-manages everything. He’s been using the same methods for years and for the last seven, they’ve not achieved anything. So there might not be a manager out there that will show Wenger how to manage better directly, but there might be one out there who could guide him and give him a fresh perspective.
I like how he’s already rolling out the Tesco’s Value lines…
“I always try to get value for money. That is the job of a football manager.
“In England, it is a bit more difficult because player inflation is higher than everywhere else. When you only have a few players at many clubs, the price is too high.”
The job of a football manager is to concern himself with quality first and to let the CEO determine value later. Squillaci was cheap and cheerful and guess what? That’s the type of quality we’ve seen on the pitch from him. Whining on about the cost of players in England falls on deaf ears when you have a £40million transfer budget burning a hole in a massive bulging pair or fire-retardant trousers.
Harry Redknapp has been scouting newsnow for some new players. He’s cleverly deciphered from Tribalfootball that we’re in for Scott Parker and that he’s also had his attention drawn to the talents of Eden Hazard. Interesting that he said the Belgian is a good player but he has his eye on a player over here… Ashley Young anyone? There is a chap at my work who is friends with the Englishman… don’t worry yourself, it’s never too early for an ‘off the record’ conversation.
We have a delightful game against Fulham to look forward to tomorrow. I still think we should have signed Brede Hangeland way back when, but what you gonna do? Fulham under different management still have a defence equal to ours on a budget about 75% lower (I guessed that figure, don’t bust that out at an Al Fayed Dinner Party)!
I can barely be bothered to muster the energy to write about tomorrow’s game… it seems like the biggest non-event since the predicted rapture today.
Roll on next season I say… and make sure you turn up with some new players please!
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