Exciting rumblings about a managerial target…

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Well, Friday kicks off with an apology. Ched Evans apologising, kind of, in a certain way, not really, maybe… PLEASE GIVE ME A CLUB. Amusing the apology didn’t come before he found out his fathering law couldn’t pay off all the sponsors to land him a contract.

That guy must hold his daughter in high esteem… imagine Christmas dinner with that lot?

There aren’t many fantastical news stories geared around Arsenal today. Lukas said Wenger disrespected him. Think it’s time for Lukas to quieten down and crack on with Inter. Arsene whacked him on an unworthy £90k a week that affords him his own private social media agency to follow him around 24/7.

Deeper point here is what I said in October. If you freeze players out, it causes dressing room unrest. Lukas, clearly a major personality in the dressing room will talk to people, that causes negativity. Think what you like about Lukas, he was worthy of more game time than he picked up. Throw in Per complaining in the media about being beasted with no rest (and citing other players who’ve clearly been in his ear), Chezzer sparking up fat rollies in the changing rooms… and, well, you’ve a dressing room that’s lacking harmony and spirit.

Arsenal have given Dennis Wise son a 1 year deal at Arsenal. Would love it if he was a sublimely gifted Cesc like midfielder that his dad was ashamed of…

‘Son you’re a disgrace, you didn’t use your left elbow once… you’ll never amount to nuffin!’

Arsenal are close to nailing one transfer, Krystian Bielik. I know, I know, he’s going to be the greatest DM of all time because he’s unusual looking and tall. I love these transfers, because they always happen when we need an older version. You remember last summer? Suarez? No. Rooney? No. Higuain? No. Sanogo? YES.

Embecilo? Miyachi? Eisfeld? Bischoff? LUKE BLOODY FREEMAN. We’ve been in for some dreamboats. But this one might be special, so I shan’t say anything just in case he becomes a god and the muppet brigade on Twitter keep asking me about the time I said it wasn’t important to chase Bielik when we had a massive hole in our midfield.

The real bantz is that we’re negotiating hard for him… first bid rejected. A bit like Donald Trump negotiating for a scotch egg at Borough Market. Just pay the fee…

There’s talk that we’re interested in Gundogan. Ok, on the one hand he’s a sublime talent we really could do with, on the other, he’s an absolute car crash of a player when it comes to fitness. When people say, ‘it’s hard to pinpoint why we pick up so many injuries’, one of the reasons is that we quite often purchase players who aren’t up to the challenge in the first place. Gundogan is always injured. Our players are always injured because we don’t treat them as well as we could. Signing him is a match made in hell.

It’s all going down the toilet for Martinez at the moment. Secretly, I’m glad. I worried he’d be the obvious choice to replace Wenger. He’s a good coach, he’s a smart tactician, but I’ve never been sure whether he’s a leader and I’ve never been too taken by his approach to defending. This season, he’s paying the price of poor fitness management. The Guardian has them down for 20 hamstring injuries in 18 months. A shocking stat. I mean, talk about bad luck, eh (jokes)?

It’s interesting that they’ve changed their physio… feels a little bit like sacking the waiter for the declining quality of the food being served. If they’re having injuries to that level, you’d have to question what the hell he’s doing with his player in training. It also sounds like Martinez is in charge of solving the problem. Hardly an expert, is he?

Anyway, hopefully that rules him out of the new role at Arsenal.

I also read an interesting article from Honigstein about Pep at Bayern. And brace yourself for this. It’s exciting.

Bayern are preparing for life without Pep. He has 18 months left on his deal. He’s not talking about a new deal. He leaves it to the last minute. He could be off. If he becomes available and he wants to wake the sleeping giant that is Arsenal, I’d be sooooo excited.

Sorry Arsene, I don’t care how well you’re doing at the time, when Pep comes available, you shift out whoever is in charge and you give the role to him. Pay him what he wants, give him what he needs and watch the ascent.

One of the points raised in the article is that Pep isn’t making long term decisions. He’s all about nailing that Champions League trophy. He wants it for the CV. Maybe he’ll settle at his next club? There’s less pressure at Arsenal with all the same amenities you’d have at Barca (and a London lifestyle, which is ace). The English press are less interested in prying. The English public are far more forgiving than the Spanish. The Arsenal baseline is fairly low. The football philosophy at Arsenal matches what they have at Barca. Arsenal fans are outrageously grateful for fourth, imagine how much love we’d have for a manager with ambition that stretches to major trophies?

He could be our hero. Wenger was interested in Pep once. Interestingly, Pep nearly signed for Wigan under the mighty Paul Jewell.

If Pep signs, I’ll be a PKB for sure. Imagine the tonality of this blog if that happened? It’d be exceptional positivity, everyday. I’ll have keyword searches set up on Twitter to flag any negativity around the manager… I’d take them all down one person at a time…

‘End of the day, mate, who else is there? No one. Who could do a better job? No one. So shut up.’

Right, looking forward to hearing the Arsenal prezzer today. I hope Arsene rolls in with a Superking Menthol hanging from his mouth, just for the bantz.

HAVE A GOOD ONE.

I’m trialling a new format next week… gown blow your tiny minds people.

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  1. Jeff

    All of the main monotheistic religions rely heavily on dogma. But we all know that life and the interaction between human beings never runs smoothly if you adopt any set of dogma and stick to it. Your beliefs, if you must have them, should be flexible, adaptable, tuneable and tolerant of other people’s beliefs. The biggest religions of the world leave no room for such things and that is why it all goes wrong.

    The most aesthetic religion is probably some form of pantheism (widely believed to be the religion to which Einstein subscribed).

  2. salparadisenyc

    El Dan

    You’ve had a hard on for Isco for far to long, unhealthy actually. Considering you did say let get him instead of Cazorla or was it both of em, think I said whats an Isco?

  3. Jeff

    “Podolski wanted to move because he wasn’t getting enough game time, no-one is denying or arguing that. But when he did get a chance he simply didn’t do enough on the pitch, so he slipped back down the pecking order.”

    And therein lies your underlying bias in Wenger’s favour. How many other players do we have that fall into that category of “didn’t do enough on the pitch”? And yet Wenger plays them week in week out – his personal favourites. Podolski was simply not one of his favourites – that’s why his wish to leave was immediately granted.

  4. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    Do you have a beard like Pirlo though?

    Silly question…no one has such glorious facial hair, smooth, silky whilst all at once projecting a masculinity and wisdom. Glorious.

  5. alexanderhenry

    salparadisenyc, that’s not an answer to my question. I’m obviously not going to get one so nevermind. On ‘multi tasking’- I hate that word by the way- I’d rather do one thing well than several things badly.

  6. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    Exactly, you can’t live up to that. But I do go with the homeless Chic look.
    But unfortunately the long flowing mane is thinning away.

    Hence I worship the man, who is never in a hurry but always looks damn good when he gets there.

  7. Nasri's Mouth

    Jeff: How many other players do we have that fall into that category of “didn’t do enough on the pitch”? And yet Wenger plays them week in week out – his personal favourites. Podolski was simply not one of his favourites – that’s why his wish to leave was immediately granted.

    How many other players? Very few. Walcott isn’t much defensively better than Podolski, but his movement and runs off the ball are far superior to Podolski. As for the ones that play in his position they’re all better

    From your comments, you obviously think Podolski is a better option on the pitch than Cazorla, Ozil, Welbeck and Sanchez.

    He wasn’t

  8. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    At the till, guy asks for payment…hmm what would Wenger do, offer him half the value he’s looking for and then scream why do you look at me when security removes you.

  9. Nasri's Mouth

    Cesc Appeal: Anonymous has declared a cyber war on terrorism, interesting

    Yah, saw that, I wonder what they’ll do that the security haven’t been able to

  10. salparadisenyc

    Rumblings of Villareal’s Brazilian center half Paulista.
    Something tells me Wenger has that ole dart board out named project youth.

  11. MidwestGun

    Cesc –
    You have to work in throwing a water bottle daily and spending 35 minutes on your zip. But sounds like a great way to live. I can see why he has so many followers.

  12. Cesc Appeal

    NM

    Yeah, will be interesting won’t it…I wonder if it will involve publicly flaunting those people peddling extremist material on the web, twitter etc

  13. Cesc Appeal

    MidWest

    Drive a wreck of a car that breaks down all the time despite having a 6 figure income stating “it’s just as good as a Ferrari…buying a car is not like buying a car.”

  14. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Getting into their bank accounts etc.etc.

    They have to come at it from a different angle than the security forces though, because however good they are, they don’t have the resources that the government does.

    Still, I like it!

  15. MidwestGun

    Sal –
    What does that dart board look like? Project youth, Crocked has been, Do nothing, Make a ridiculously low bid for superstar, Like a new signing, wait for last day in tw and see if anyone calls, see what Diaby is up to, etc….

  16. Dan Ahern

    Sal — Hahah, yeah, it has been an unhealthy amount of time. But now you all see I was right!

    I was pro-Cazorla and said we should try to get Isco also while Malaga were ailing/willing to sell players.

    Unfortunately it was just a pipe dream. I wouldn’t even be very seriously interested now either. We have Alexis as the ridiculously gifted dribble machine, and the area we’re hurting in is DM/CM. He’d be a luxury buy. But I’d absolutely toss out Wilshere for him. A lot of players, actually. It just can’t be a priority right now.

  17. irish gooner

    ive been to london many many times,love going to the matches but id never live there,going out on a saturday night in london is not ace at all,not to mention the horrific tube experience,,everybody just reads and god help you if you try to talk to somebody,you get the statue response,good craic around the ground on match day though,london is not ace pedro,arsenal matches are ace

  18. Dan Ahern

    I think we all like Campbell but the fact remains he’s not really that great. It seems like he’s not at a level where AW is comfortable giving him chances yet. The boss’s demented attachment to Sanogo may be holding things up too.

  19. Dan Ahern

    CA — ‘nogo to the Royal Mail, looool. He does have pretty good movement, I have to say. It’s just a question of how often he actually gets the letters in the mailbox.

  20. Nasri's Mouth

    @DA

    I honestly don’t think Campbell will ever be good enough. He’s honest, IE he works hard, and doesn’t hide on the pitch, but he doesn’t have enough ability to go past people and he has Gervinho levels of finishing.

    Sanogo isn’t good enough for us either, but while he can’t score for us AT ALL, he’s a regular scorer elsewhere, so maybe there’s something there.

    With the players we currently have at the club, both need to bugger off in one way(*) or another

    * Given our injury problems, a loan might be best in case we need to bring them back in the way we pulled our Coq out

  21. Dan Ahern

    NM — I’m inclined to agree, although it’s hard to say never. But to me it definitely looks like JC’s talent level is just a notch too low.

    Sanogo has good size, movement, instincts. That’s it though. He’s a disaster. He’s half a player. I mean, maybe one day he gets there, but his game is missing so fucking much right now.

  22. Marko

    If we’re shipping out Sanogo and Campbell on top of Podolski and keeping in mind Akpom is never considered does it mean we’re looking for a forward or does it just mean Wenger’s trimming the squad to not bring in a defender or DM? I really hate Januarys

  23. kwik fit

    Wenger on Szczesny’s smoking: “my concern with him was that he wasn’t sharing the cigs and I was fucking gasping for one!”

  24. Cesc Appeal

    DA

    Or how many times he will slip on the way to the letterbox. Arguably the most uncoordinated player I’ve ever seen.

    He will be another quietly shuffled out the back door.

  25. salparadisenyc

    Campbell should be sold to the highest bidder, should of done in August. Think Wenger said today that the postman is going on loan, ideal if true. I put my money on Bielik being our Eisfeld of this window with a non first choice CB coming in for cover.

    Lateral movement when we should be looking forward.

    Not to say Bielik won’t come good but he’s 17. We need someone 5 years older with some experience, like Schneiderlin. In terms of CB, our eye should be on the eventual replacement of Mertesacker not injury cover.

  26. salparadisenyc

    Schneiderlin is an interesting one experience wise, at 25 he’s made over 200 appearances for Southhampton in 3 different leagues as they made there way to the prem.

  27. Dan Ahern

    Come on, we know Schneiderlin’s not going to happen. We’ll admire him from afar, and in the summer get around to trying when it’s too late. Forever half-measures while our competitors take full steps forward, sigh.

  28. Cesc Appeal

    DA

    Couldn’t agree more.

    Although for the first time the end of Wenger is in sight, whether soon or in two seasons time.

    Although I’m not totally confident he won’t have a hand in selecting his successor or he will move to board level.

  29. salparadisenyc

    Of course he’s not going to happen, just said it will be the 17 year old Pole and this years Silvestre.

    But ££ talks and Wenger has it, just won’t commit to the now.

  30. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marko

    Even without Podolski, Campbell and Sanogo we have plenty of attacking players

    Walcott, Giroud, Welbeck, Cazorla, Ozil, Ox Rosicky, Sanchez and Akpom for just 3 or 4 positions

    Podolski, Sanogo and campbell would hardly get a look in with players coming back from injury / suspension

  31. Marko

    Not counting Akpom cause Wenger doesn’t that’s 2 players each over 4 positions. And with Walcott just back from injury and also Ozil, Giroud back from injuries and Oxlade and Rosicky having quite a few injuries over the last couple years we’d be taking a bit of a chance for me. But to be fair if we’re not signing any defensive players we might as well not sign any offensive players either.

  32. Dan Ahern

    Noise from Schneiderlin is bizarre. A little disheartening, actually. Who wants to move down the table? Believe in your club a little bit, eh? Guess I shouldn’t complain.

  33. Dan Ahern

    I’m all for 17-year-old Poles but doesn’t he have like 5 senior appearances? It’s pretty worrying if that ends up being our only move. And it very well could be–I believe I read that in the last 4 January windows, we’ve only made 1 permanent deal.

    It’s one thing to hate the January window, but it’s quite another to refuse to play ball.

  34. Nasri's Mouth

    @Marko

    Why not count Akpom, he’s been on the bench, he’s come on as a sub, whether or not Wenger rates him, he’s still happy enough to consider him. And Gnabry is back in training.

    I think it’s defintely enough given that Welbeck, Giroud, Sanchez and Cazorla are all generally pretty healthy, and Wenger has been pretty forthright about us not bringing in an attacker. Possibly if Podolski hadn’t been pushing for a move he might have stayed.

  35. Nasri's Mouth

    @Dan Ahern

    my theory on Schneiderlin is that last summer with the change in ownership, management and the sale of players he wanted a move and there was an offer. Might have been us, might have been Spurs. He was told there was no way he was leaving, hence the outburst, but the club wont stand in his way next summer if someone makes a reasonable offer.

  36. Dan Ahern

    NM — Makes sense. Of course the flip side of that is perhaps he should’ve recognised he was seen as an untouchable piece, unlike many teammates. I guess it’s a frustrating situation with so many changes going on though.

  37. nasri's mouth

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but really people should guessed that someone who successfully ran her own business might not be stupid enough to run a business into the ground in one summer. The level of hysteria about it was mad.

    I’d like to say I predicted they’d do really well, but I think my comment was “they’ll be OK”…

  38. Johnty79

    Things to note.

    Bieliake will never make it
    Sonago will never make it
    Gundogo is exactly the player we don’t need he is weak small and can’t okay centre mid field. Absolutely non sensiclle signing.

  39. Sandy

    Pedro,
    What planet are you living on.
    Guardiola will only go to a club with ambition , Kronke and Gazidis have no ambition for Arsenal with respect to on the field success and trophies they are only interested in taking as much money as possible out of our great club. Guardiola will never join us ( sadly) as long as these crooks are in charge
    Its so so sad.
    Sandy

  40. Johnty79

    Take a bet dan ahern?????

    I said miyachi wouldn’t make it from day dot and I was right. I’m pretty much 95% right on all my arsenal predictions on players.

    Ozil flop…check
    Koz. Never to be top draw ….check
    Park worst player in our history….check

    Non of the current youth team to make it as first teamers apart from Crowley….check

  41. Johnty79

    Guardiola is similar to wenger in the fact he can’t sign defenders…we will have the same issues with guardiola as wenger defensively. You could argue that at barca he never signed a decent player…apart from the right back.

  42. Dan Ahern

    No I don’t care to bet, I just think it’s an absurd statement.

    And btw one of the youth team is CURRENTLY making 1st team appearances, or at least he was until injury (Gnabry)

  43. Johnty79

    What wenger doesn’t get and most of you don’t get is some tines a team needs average solid strong players..like the Neville’s at man utd.

    I still maintain if you swapped our defence with doncasters we still would be no worse off this season. Our so called attacking full backs off nothing and only get in the way of our attackers.

  44. N5

    I always feel like somebody’s watching me.
    And I have no privacy.
    Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me.
    Tell me is it just a dream?

  45. Highbury Daze

    Arsenal are bitching about January inflamed prices, now after 18 years in the EPL you would think a manager whit half a brain would do his business in the 3 months allocated to him, but the demented on goes into a new season with 2 CB, enough said, this prick needs a lobotomy

  46. Highbury Daze

    You see how aloof this french fuck stick is, he shows no emotion to players, dismissed Podolski without as much as saying thank ,you kiss my arse or anything, ignored him like the arrogant cunt he is,

    This Gaelic fuck has a lot to learn about humility/manners/decency, I can’t wait for him to be dead

  47. Highbury Daze

    So Chez shit himself and apparently apologized to cunt ache Wenger, I would have told the manager, listen this is Saints showers, I am on my time if I want to smoke I will, I am an adult, well I am over 21, fuck you Arsene, who does this dictator think he is monitoring everyone’s move, what a truly unlikable cunt this guy has become

  48. Highbury Daze

    If Podolski was lazy did not track back did not put in, whose fault is that, slimy Wenger,he is the fucking dolt who chose to pay him over 100k a week, then does not know how to manage him, what a weak fucking pig

    It is the manager’s job to get these guy’s playing to their potential, so nobody in here has any fucking right to point the finger at Poldi, every finger should be pointed in ANGER at the manager

  49. Highbury Daze

    See that tackle by Adams on Sanchez went unpunished, that’s how Arsenal should tackle, with a bit of intent

  50. Emiratesstroller

    At the start of this transfer window our first team squad was far too large with 31 named players and as everyone knows completely unbalanced.

    Wenger had of course accumulated far too many offensive players and mediocrity in midfield and not enough personnel or real quality in defence.

    When you look around the top teams in Europe including the likes of Man City and Chelsea the trend is now to cut down the size of squads to 23-24, but
    have players who can or will play regularly in team.

    Podolski is a decent player with 100+ caps, but he was the wrong player for our
    squad/team, because he is a ‘luxury’ player unlikely to provide consistency,
    work ethic and defensive duties required in EPL. Paying someone £100k pw for
    cameo roles was ridiculous and is reflected in the fact that we cannot get a
    decent transfer fee for him.

    Indeed when you look around our squad there are far too many players in
    midfield and forward positions who are either grossly overpaid or simply not of the right quality to play at the top level.

    We have on our books challenging for a forward position Campbell and Sanogo. The former is unlikely to get any game time because his path in team
    is blocked by Sanchez, Walcott,Welbeck and Ox. At most there are two wide
    or secondary striker roles available in team at any one time. Sanogo is simply
    not good enough.

    The midfield is perhaps even worse, because we have there a combination of
    injury prone and/or players not good enough for regular participation in team. Flamini, Arteta and Coquelin are collectively not good enough for DM
    role in team whilst Ramsey,Wilshire and Diaby are too often injured and in
    consequence we do not have a stable CM.

    However, the real problem at the moment is the Manager’s neglect of Defence.
    I accept that you don’t want to overload squad with too many players in this
    department, but on the other hand they do need to be of right quality and fitness levels. The team needs at least 3 good standard centre backs to be rotated
    and our left full back position has looked defensively fragile over many years as well.

    The consequence of all of this is that we have far too many injury prone or overpaid and underused players stagnating in squad and the fact that these
    players cannot be offloaded for a decent transfer fee reflects their true worth
    to our club.

    Personally I would like the club to be more ‘clever’ in how we build our squad.
    I have maintained always that we should have a maximum of 18-20 players who are good enough to be rotated and play regularly in starting line up and of
    course the right balance and most importantly the right levels of fitness and strength to play in EPL.

    You can then add another one or two experienced players at end of their career plus perhaps a couple of young promising players who can come into team for less demanding games but are less likely to rock boat over playing time.

  51. Rosicky@Arsenal

    @Emirates

    Wenger teams are never organised in the Defence. He never prioritize defence so he never invest big in this department.He always keep his midfield and attack strong you may see so many attacking options ala Ozil Cazorla Rosicky Sanchez Wallcot.He thinks attack is the best mean to defence ala Barcelona.

  52. ADKB

    Wallace: If true, what can one say but well done to them. They’re ambitious, they’ve got a strong squad and that’s why they’re ahead of us.

  53. Wallace

    ADKB

    reading more into it, doesn’t seem like they’ve broken any FFP rules, but as to why they said it was a loan when they had actually signed him for the season is a bit of a mystery.

  54. Nasri's Mouth

    Lampard signed an agreement to play in NY, but not an actual contract I think

    Maybe an attempt to avoid too much aggro from the Chelsea fans?

  55. Goondawg

    Highbury Daze do you honestly have nothing better to do than coming here every night and wishing “nothing more than Shawcross to break his fucking legz” or spouting absolutely vitriol like “This Gaelic fuck has a lot to learn about humility/manners/decency, I can’t wait for him to be dead”

    You sad, sad cunt

  56. Nasri's Mouth

    @Goondawg

    I never bother reading his posts, absolute waste of time, so I didn’t notice that one. Thanks for bringing my attention to it so I can share your sentiment

    Daze, you are indeed a sad sad cunt

  57. ADKB

    Wallace: Whatever their reason, it was a smart move that’s worked for them so far. Do whatever it takes to improve the team and win games – that’s probably why.

  58. Wallace

    excellent to have some more players back this weekend. if we can emerge unscathed against the orcs we’ll – bar Jack – have a full squad to choose from for City.