Wenger to go?

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So Wenger said some stuff about his future.

“I am resolute to commit absolutely until the last day of my contract to bring back big success to this club, and leave as well one day in a position where it can do even better when I leave.

“That is for me very important that I leave the club in the shape that the guy who comes after me can do better.

“The responsibility on my shoulders is much bigger. I know what it means for people. I know how sad people are when we don’t do well, I know how sad people are when we lose a game.”

Some papers, who want to be seen to have the inside track have said this means he’s leaving in 19months.

I mean, he’s said above that he wants to leave on a high. What’s a high? Another FA Cup? Because that could mean Wenger leaves this year. Or, if a high is, say, a Champions League, I might be passing down my #WengerOut campaign to my children’s children.

Wenger is old now. I mean, 65 is a big number. So change is coming. It could be spectacular.

No, it will be spectacular, either way.

It could go terribly wrong or it could go unbelievably well. Who knows. But, it’s exciting to know that there’s an ending in sight.

He has to be careful with the hints. The papers can sniff the end now. They’ll all want to be the outlet that breaks the story. So expect lots of potentially unsettling stories. Worth noting that it doesn’t take much for players to switch off. Ferguson learned this before unretiring a few years ago.

Question is, does Wenger go all out Fergie style in a bid to do something magical. Or does he leave the way he’s progressed lately and hand over a mega budget to the new man?

That sort of time period gives us plenty of breathing space to sound out a new manager. If I were Ivan, I’d want a date. You don’t want a situation like United where the manager leaves last minute and you end up with a Moyes in the hotseat. Pep is rumoured to be going City next summer. So we won’t land him. So how will the managerial landscape look?

I’d imagine Steve Bould is under consideration. Continuity with someone who understands the set up and it’s weaknesses. Ambitious. Eager to prove something. A man who is driven, tough and resilient.

Outside that, it’s tough to make a call. We have this weird idea that in football, if you’re not in the ascension, you’re a terrible manager. Circumstance is rarely considered. In normal business, you can fail and still be held in high regard. Not in football. Unless you’re always winning, you don’t get a chance. You also don’t seem to get credit for doing things with small clubs. Eddie Howe is doing incredible things with Bournemouth for the second time. I mean, incredible. But would he ever be considered? Of course not.

It’s also worth mentioning that Jurgen Klopp got the job at Dortmund off the back of getting Mainz relegated (I think he was fired as well).

So who would be under consideration in 19 months time? Can Tomas Tuchel ressurect Dortmund and make good on his potential? How about Dieter Hecking of Wolfsburg? For me, an absolute dream manager for presence and passion would be Diego Simeone. In a league with Mourinho, Klopp and possibly Guardiola, you need a big character post Wenger. Unai Emery of Sevilla? Frank De Boer of Ajax? Curve ball of Gallardo at River Plate, he plays attacking football and he’s won 5 odd trophies between 2 clubs, not bad for a 39 year old!

It’s weird though. There’s a sadness to all this. The last time we changed manager I was about 12 years old. We were a dry old club, famed for being boring and a bit corrupt. Wenger came in, changed up the whole Premier League. He is part responsible for making it the product it is today. He’s responsible for a helluva lot of amazing things.

He’s been a continued presence. He’s part of the furniture. Both a strength and a weakness. So him moving on, even for a change pusher like me, is quite sad and a bit daunting.

Arsenal dropping out of the comfort zone is scary. But you know what, you never grow in the comfort zone. You just get fat. Bloated. Boring. Sometimes the most frightening thing in the world is the best thing in the world.

Arsenal are a powerhouse now. With the right moves, we could be a powerhouse with modern history. We could decorate a few more of the trophy signs around the stadium. We could have some serious good times moving forward.

Or, it could go horribly wrong. Either way, it’s a new adventure.

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  1. Marc


    Agree about all of that it makes Wenger look like a fool. If you want to help the guy bring him in and let him work his way up quietly. No need to shout about him at all.

  2. WengerEagle


    I dunno we’re the most schizophrenic side in the BPL so I wouldn’t be counting my chickens that we’ll smash Watford tomorrow tbh.

    We have a huge game against Bayern in midweek and AW will definitely be keeping one eye on that one IMO.

    Would happily take a classic 1-0 to the Arsenal tomorrow, it’s all about getting those 3 points on the board and building momentum.

  3. Cesc Appeal



    Especially as you know his injury record is terrible and a run of games, being unlikely in the first place, is even less likely.


    Very true.

    I should maybe qualify, if Sanchez starts and is in the same mood he’s been the last few weeks I think we will dismantle them.

    However, if we play Oxlade has he continues on this soso sort of form, might be a bit tighter…but I cannot see us not winning.

    With the league being so up and down, City in trouble with injuries, having just beaten United, Chelsea still floundering, we should throw a marker down here.

    Hoping Klopp leads Liverpool to a smashing of Spurs tomorrow as well.

  4. GuNZ


    Lion Red’s more like a fizzy pale ale. Not a lager and not an ale – somewhere in-between. Good session beer.


    You may be right. My local pub’s run and staffed by SAFAs and I stand to lose all the credit I earned from my Arsenal/Man Utd. bet if your lot does us over later in the RWC. We’ve got the French hoodoo to overcome first though. You’ve advanced me by 1 on the Watford score. Let’s hope one of us is right 😉

    Tell you what though lads. If you want to pull, go buy a vacuum cleaner. The Miele S771 Sprint Blue model was sold out so I let the pretty store assistant up-sell me to a Wertheim ‘Deep Clean Engineering’ W2000. I swear I could hear the slurp as every female in that shopping mall got a wide-on as they watched me walk past with that hot little number cradled in my arms.

  5. Marc


    Yeah but I still don’t think the problem is Sanogo – his £20k per week doesn’t stop us signing other players and if we help a player recover his career it’s a classy thing to have done. The problem is putting his name in lights as a potential £50 million player.

  6. GuNZ

    Far out! The Wertheim ‘Deep Clean Engineering’ W2000. What a machine! Just gave it a test run – excellent suction. The missus isn’t due back for another week and a half so I may have to give it the ‘willy test’ – check it’s the whole nine yards.

  7. tom

    Got to say, I do like Arseblog.

    Decent discussion , though firmly pro Wenger, and very little abuse.

    The thumbs up or down counter.
    Nifty and effectively removes so much redundant argument.

    Nice format altogether.

  8. Mick Kartun

    “Got to say, I do like Arseblog.
    Decent discussion , though firmly pro Wenger, and very little abuse”.

    No offense man, but you got absolutely right,
    Arseblog and justarsenal.com will be more suited to the PRO WENGERS.

    It’s like paradise for AKBs and the admin will protect you totally all out from trolls or WOBs like me and others.

    You’re wasting your time here to argue with the die hard Wenger Out Brigades.

  9. El Tel 1

    Glad it’s not us paying Diaby’s wages.

    Shame he got damaged by a Northern thug but we paid him well for too many years.

  10. daz

    Tom just read that agm link not much changes at those meetings

    “A relieved Sir Chips closed the meeting with, “thank you for your passion, it is appreciated,” a variation on an old classic” lol

  11. Nasri's Mouth

    I have some sympathy with the board

    There stuck there in front of Kroenke having to do something that they probably don’t agree with, without being able to be honest “yes yes alright it’s a bloody dividend ok… OK?”

    Ultimately they have to do what he says. He could just as easily say £10m instead of £3m or even £30m if he wanted to and the chairman, whoever it would be, would have to make up some BS about it.