So, after many years of bemoaning the shocking state of our fitness affairs, Arsenal have finally made their move to stem the sh*t show that is a Tony Colbert set up.
They’ve moved for Shad Forsythe, who currenlty works for the German set up.
So what do I think? First thing to think is that he’s a thousand times the fitness coach Tony Colbert is. He’ll have a vision, a plan, he’ll improve us.
His background from what I can piece together, is that he’s been part of a consultancy called Exos (LinkedIn, you beauty). He was introduced to the German set up by Jurgen Klinsmann as a consultant and he’s been there ever since. He’s had a past stint at LA Galaxy.
He doesn’t have day to day club experience. That’s a worry, because a massive part of what he’ll be managing is the players work load i.e. training and matches. An international fitness coach doesn’t have to wrestle with the day to day a club fitness coach has to deal with. It’s a bit like Scolari moving to Chelsea, or Joachim Lowe trying to break back into club management. Chalk and cheese. That doesn’t mean he won’t be able to do it, it just means we didn’t go for the best option… perhaps the club have gone with him because he’s part of the American family they’re developing?
Still, it’s a win. My concern is that he’ll likely be pissing around in Brazil which means the same old same old crowd will be managing the preseason. Also, is he a Wenger appointment, or an Ivan appointment? If he comes to the club and has to weather a political storm with Colbert and a fitness mess of epic proportions, he might struggle. How are Arsenal going to ensure that he’s given the tools and the space to spread his wings?
A massive unknown. How well thought out is this?
But for me, regardless of what happens, we’re in a far better position than we were before, I’d just be a little more comfortable if we were pinching Bayern Munich’s head of performance. But hey, at least he’s young. At least he’s got a tonne to prove. At least he’ll ask questions and seek out expertise if he’s struggling. I just hope he can handle the set up he’s about to walk into.
His appointment at least justifies my views over the past few years. Kind of indicates that maybe I wasn’t making stuff up. Good move Ivan. Now make it work.
As for the Cesc stuff, I still don’t get it. If he goes to Chelsea, big deal. He was a captain who sacked it all in for Barca, now it’s failed we’re all pining.
Arsenals priority this summer is pace. Simple as that. Well, pace and energy. If players aren’t armed with these attributes, I’d say it’d take a pretty immense talent to shift from that view point. Cesc isn’t going to give us the edge next year. A £30m DM will. A outrageously talented half forward might. A world class right back might. A winger with blistering pace and aggression might. A striker with pedigree could.
Not another number ten without an outlet. Chelsea need a Cesc because they have runners without much in the way of creativity. We have all the creativity without the Runners. This issue is concentrated because poor old Chambo may have jussi ruined himself for another 6 months. That makes it even less likely we’ll move for Cesc.
But trust me here, just like I asked you to last summer. If we land one of the names we’re in for, you will forget about Cesc. I promise. You’ll see the light and see that actually, in this instance, Arsene is addressing the issues.
Well, that’s what I reckon. Me and Arsene, on the same page. Me calming the moaners who kick off online is quite unbelievable about a player who hasn’t officially moved anywhere yet!
Mourinho already stated we have the best number ten on the planet. Let’s make him work first. Let’s give him players to feed. Let’s calm down and focus on losing the plot about the pace we haven’t bought. Not the player we don’t need but we like because he used to be our captain.
… let’s hope Arsenal can deliver on their lofty ambitions. Has anything been learnt from last year is the biggest question of the summer, not whether we snare a player who would be a total sentimental luxury.