Happy good morning to you!
Things I missed last week. Terry Burton taking potshots at Ivan Gazidis. As reported here, Joncker, the Dutchman, was an Ivan appointment. That led to Burton leaving.
‘He told Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive, that he had made “a big mistake”, informed Arsène Wenger – who said he was not involved in the decision’
Then this is the bit in football that makes me sick. You’ll notice that pundits all seem to say they wouldn’t move Arsene on, then they list through the list of issues he has which amount naivety at best, negligence at work. That’s because they’re all looking out for themselves. Looking out for their next job.
“For me, he is the boss. I think I can look most football people in the eye – not physically but metaphorically – but with Arsène I see him as someone who has done things that no one else has done. To me, he will always be the best. He’s done an unbelievable job at Arsenal over a long period of time.”
I appreciate you can’t lambast your ex-manager, but how can anyone who works in the game say the above with a straight face?
Well, it’s quite easy when you’re working at West Brom and you know all the young players. Say the right thing, there’s no doubt Wenger will look favourably on the request to bring in Chuba Akpom this January.
You see what I mean? Journo’s get interviews for favourable press, players get jobs, managers get players, bloggers get jobs… you’re never getting it straight in soccerball.
It’s a sorry state of affairs…
Anyway! How about Thierry Henry moving back to the UK? Exciting, eh?
He’s quit the Redbulls, we love him. So let’s make him the King of Arsenal and the ruler of us all. I’d be game. You?
Just jokes. I don’t want him back playing for the first team. He’s well past it now and it’d be a big distraction. I’d be happy for him to train, I just don’t want this winter to become the Thierry show. He left us years ago, won it all, earned it all… I’d be cool with him coming back in some capacity. Like PV04. Trouble is, I don’t think he’s the same character as PV04, so I’m not sure leading U21 teams is going to be him. He doesn’t exactly earn rave reviews in any of the books I’ve read on him. You can’t be selfish as a manager, you need to be personable, you need to be selfless and you need to be able to work with people.
Not saying he can’t do that. I’d just be interested to see what the club have in store for him. I think the likelihood is that he’ll go and work for Sky. He’s an absolute encyclopedia when it comes to football. Apparently, when he was staying in a hotel here when he first started, he asked for an additional screen to be put into his room so he could watch two games at once. He has value, I just wonder where.
You have to look at all decisions with a clear head. Sure, the fans would love him wherever, but that’s not how you’ll get the most out him.
Talking of clear head decisions. Amazing to read that the Dortmund fans are turning on their charismatic leader. He’s in a relegation fight. He’s in a tailspin. Can he turn it around? A few people have questioned how opinion can turn on him so quickly. Like it’s beyond the realms of possibility that variables can change and so can opinions. Facts are, the problems with Klopp haven’t come in the last three months, they’ve been building for two years. His injury record has been poor, his pressing game has slowly been identified as a burden on the players and his tactics have been rumbled.
You don’t pop for the manager in a relegation battle with Dortmund. He’s still a consideration, totally. He’s been fired before. You’d just have to question a club that bins off Wenger for a manager doing a far worse job. It’s the same with Brendan Rogers on a smaller scale. He’s not a shite manager all of a sudden, but he’s made bad decisions. He didn’t prepare properly for the impact Champions League would have on his squad. It’s also been written that the manager failed to upgrade his backroom team to prepare. Putting faith in inexperience. He also made bad decisions with players. Should he be sacked? No. He should be given a chance to rectify the issues? If he can’t, then he’s proved he’s not as adaptable as we first thought.
Managers that are interesting at the moment are Pep, because he’ll be at breaking point at Bayern by the time Arsene leaves. Diego Simeone, because he has a huge amount of experience and success. He’s also a major personality in the same way Klopp is. Then there’s Garcia, a bit older, but would continue the French zest we’ve had at the club for twenty years.
SANOGO is back tomorrow night. Take that in before we get to the bad news…
Gibbs, Oz, Monreal are not about. Injured or busy.
Debuchy and Chez are back next week.
Ospina back for the next world cup.
The great news is Southampton took a bit of a spanking, they’ll be down in the dumps, we’ll be at the top of the dumps… so it should be a good game. Southampton will have a plan to exploit our defence, it’s in a bit of a state. They’ll be a challenge, but I think we’ll have too much for them.
Well, that’s what I hope happens… more on that tomorrow!