Sorry, not having it.
I’m not pining over Alex fucking Song. Please, stop doing it. It’s like the worst kind of revisionism.
‘Oh, but he made some nice assists in his last season’
Yeah, sure he did. In his last season with us, he decided he’d play the Cesc role at the expense of his duties at the back. He landed 12 assists, which is excellent. But let’s layer some perspective over this, that season, all you needed to do was put any ball within 5 yards of Robin and he’d score. Let’s also remember that season was one of the worst defensively we’ve had under Arsene Wenger. I think we conceded 48 goals. The next season, when he left, we conceded 38.
Alex Song is a good footballer, is he a great one? Hell no. He looks great at West Ham because he’s a big fish in a little pond. He’s found his level. He has virtually no pace, his positional sense is atrocious and his attitude behind the scenes was allegedly questionable and I had that from multiple sources.
Don’t regret him as a loss. Ask yourself why we didn’t land Matic. That’s the best practice model you need in a modern super team. Tall, wide, mobile and rapid over ten metres. Not Alex Song, a midfielder so casual he could easily pass off as an extra in a stoner film.
Some really interesting stories floating around in Spain about Arsenal’s successor to Wenger being Paul Clement, Head Coach of Real Madrid. The Englishman has followed Ancellotti around the globe and originates from Wandsworth. The article suggests Wenger will be replaced at the end of the season, which would excite me. Sounds a bit fanciful to me, but it certainly feels like an interesting move if true.
This is the thing with modern management. You don’t need a big name with a big ego. You need a man with a vision, a plan and hunger by the bucket load. In Paul Clement, you have a winner who has been tutored by two of the best in the business (Jose and Carlo). He’ll have trophies galore and he’ll have worked at clubs who operate in a modern way. I’d totally game for a curve ball signing like Clement. You don’t need a big name, you need a smart name. You need someone who is going to come in, rip out the old set up, input a new regime that is co-created with the CEO.
He’s 42 years old, he’s been around the block and he’d certainly be a statement from the club. I appreciate Quieroz didn’t work out with Madrid, but hey, there are lots of big names that don’t work out when they moved to big clubs. I’d rather take a calculated risk with someone we can be king maker with, than punt it on an ego that could just as easily bomb. Football has changed, so has the way you recruit. I’m not sure I fully believe the story, but I wouldn’t be against the thinking behind such an appointment.
I pray to the football gods we don’t put Wenger up stairs or give him any power.
My big hope is that he goes at the end of the season. That would be massive for Arsenal. Massive and needed. Fingers crossed.
Before I go, my pal and his firm WHP Finishes did this to a kids bedroom. Pretty fucking cool. There was a moment of horror when I thought he’d done that to his living room.