Arsenal: A fresh start without guarantees would be just fine

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Happy Tuesday PARTY PEOPLE.

What have we lined up for you today?

Rumours flying around the web that fans are going to cheer and clap on 12 minutes to signal their unhappiness at 12 years without a trophy.

Hmmm… reckon we should stick to banners.

Lots of upset and angst in the Arsenal ether at the moment. Another season of promise, down the toilet… with no excuses to cuddle up to.

This is it. This is 12 years of failure. This was, one of many seasons now, where we’re out the back-end of a stadium move. This was supposed to be when it all came good.

But, you know, the truth was always there, hiding in plain sight. Wenger’s failing over the past 12 years haven’t been down to money, they’ve been down to a particular management style decaying with time.

So many people thought the lack of cash was the issue… and look, partly, it was. However, it wasn’t the biggest problem.

Wenger struggled to push through into the modern era. He ignored his horrendous failings in the fitness department for so long. Part of this was down to squad management and sizing, part of this was failing to adopt technologies that could help him understand breakdown before it occurred. In fairness, the club has got notably better at managing the fitness of players… what it hasn’t got to grips with is signing players that are robust… sorry, it hasn’t got to grips with shifting on players that aren’t robust.

Our manager also struggled with tactical flexibility. When he was king, he had a defence that managed itself, blended with flair that was so damn good no one could compete.

Wenger didn’t adapt his approach to account for players that couldn’t play that way. We let our defence decline, we didn’t build a winning system of play that could compete with the bully boys of the league… and we were constantly turned over by our lack of interest in analysis up until last year.

We also started to fall away in the scouting department. In the mid-2000s, one of the biggest shifts in mindset for Wenger was moving away from power and pace, adopting a Barcelona light version of a squad. We signed players that weren’t up to the rigours of the league. We’ve done a better job signing power and pace over the last few  years, but we’re still not quite there.

This season felt like it could have been the one. Wenger accidentally discovered what happened when you played someone disciplined in midfield, we had creativity, we saw what pace could do in our line up… then the summer came and all we signed was a keeper.

All the money in the world, and the best we could do was sign a keeper?

Kind of said that the years feigning financial constraints (the last few years) might have been self-imposed…

Anyway, when you don’t add to a squad that finished third the year before, you kind of know what might happen.

The crazy thing was we nearly competed… all our elite rivals fell away… but we couldn’t capitalise. Leicester City and Spurs raced for the title instead.

… and that was the moment, when you saw a club doesn’t need to be Manchester City to compete. It just needs to be smart with money and even smarter with the set up.

The game has moved on rapidly. More money, better tech and smarter approaches dropping in from other sports. Those who were relevant 5 years ago are struggling to adapt. Managers coming through are chained to progress and are getting smarter and smarter about how they go about it. So our next manager doesn’t necessarily have to be one who has a Champions League medal, because we’re watching those guys die out at a rapid pace.

5 years ago, LVG was a top manager. Now he’s a dinosaur. 2 years ago, Jose Mourinho was king, then he was found out in brutal fashion. It’s getting more competitive and it’s only going to get more so. We need someone who is tuned into the new rules of the game. Someone who can progress the club on the pitch and behind the scenes. Who knows who that manager is, but there are plenty of exciting choices about.

… and I think that’s an important thing amongst fans. We’re getting so bored of the stasis, we’d literally take anyone who could offer up a fresh vision and a new direction for the club. People were harping on about me praising Brendan Rodgers a few seasons back, and look, think what you like about him, he had a pretty average Liverpool team playing some of the most exciting football the league has seen and he pushed Liverpool closer than Arsene has in 12 years.

He started to perform poorly, he was rightly chopped… now they’ve brought in a powerhouse of a manager who will have a go at making things right again. Which group of supporters are more excited right now, Arsenal fans who are sitting in 3rd, or Liverpool fans who are sitting in 9th?

Why is that? Because they have an exciting future. It’s not guaranteed they’ll win. But at least the club are having a go and stopping the rot.

… and that’s it for me. Everyone else is trying new things, and we’re just flogging the same old tired horse, with the same damn flog that’s been inept for 12 years.

Anyway, rant over, have a good day!

332 Responses to “Arsenal: A fresh start without guarantees would be just fine”

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  1. Mark of the South

    Just read post
    Anyway, when you don’t add to a squad that finished third the year before, you kind of know what might happen

    Yes we all know that to improve on third we needed to improve our squad, fair play Cech is a quality keeper, but szesney(however you spell it) was not a bad keeper, it was the shit he had in front of him. A keeper is only as good as his defenders.

    Ian Wright was forward in criticising LVG in the Sun today, saying the fans don’t want him there no more, when the arsenal fans put up,the banners he criticised the Arsenal fans. He should shut the fuck up. I grew up living 2 door s to the great rocky rocastle, and met Wrighty a few times, and his opinions change like the wind. He is all one thing in front of friends but diplomatic for tv and the papers. He has lost his bottle for the sake of a pay check from BT Sport and The Sun.

    He knows deep down Wenger is a spent force, but he is too much a mouse to admit it.

  2. Moe

    The 12th minute clapping will be ridiculed because it represents 12 years without a PREMIER LEAGUE trophy not 12 years without a trophy. The media will spin it as petulant arsenal fans ungrateful after just winning the FA cup 2 years in a row and like it or not, you need the media on your side for these things to even be slightly impactful. Its like all those times you’ve struggled to get across the malaise of top 4 mediocrity to others. To us, it should be the bottom rung of our potential given our resources and history so only other gooners truly understand whilst to others, top4 might be the top rung of their potential so we look crazy complaining about it lol

  3. Moe

    The 12th minute clapping will be ridiculed because it represents 12 years without a PREMIER LEAGUE trophy not 12 years without a trophy. The media will spin it as petulant arsenal fans ungrateful after just winning the FA cup 2 years in a row and like it or not, you need the media on your side for these things to even be slightly impactful. Its like all those times you’ve struggled to get across the malaise of top 4 mediocrity to others. To us, it should be the bottom rung of our potential given our resources and history so only other gooners truly understand the fustration of always achieving bare minimum when we have the capability for more whilst to others, top4 might be the top rung of their potential so we look crazy complaining about it lol

  4. arsene nose best

    how about, nobody turns up for the last remaining home games, absolute bottle job cunts the lot of them, sickening, pathetic excuses for footballers, and a manager, CUNTS!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Phd007

    A few things to charge through..

    Firstly let’s dispel this myth that Arsene revolutionised English football,when he hit these shores back in 1996..The media and AKB’s paying homage to Arsene introducing dietary requirements,stretching and general training methods has had me laughing for years..The media, for an eternity have ran with this idea that Arsene was some kind of revolutionary guru..

    Utter ignorance springs to mind..

    Let’s first start of with clubs in Italy,Germany,France,Spain..It was and has been generally accepted that paying attention to diet,stretching(pre&post) and conditioning was a long accepted norm across Continental Europe,pre Arsene’s introduction to the EPL..

    Going further,anyone who has competed at a decent level(international level) across a variety of disciplines,albeit athletics,rowing,tennis,just to name a few sports,will tell you that diet,conditioning,stretching etc,etc, was the standard.Any athlete prior to the charlatans(Arsene) introduction to the EPL,will attest to this..I know,as I competed at a decent level in a particular discipline.Trained alongside Olympians and the above I mentioned,was part of our training..So this was nothing new..

    Not sure who has been pedalling this great big myth(or lie for almost two decades)..Maybe as far back then, Arsene had a PR team,making him out to be some kind of sage..

    I grant you this,with the invincibles team I had witnessed some scintillating football,not seen in the EPL ,or the First Division(prior to EPL).I give Arsene credit for the style of football he brought to the table..He sure had game..

    But let’s be factual,it’s complete hogwash to say he revolutionised football,with regards to training methods..All he did,was change the cultural habits(in terms of the conditioning,stretching and diet)..

    Another lie to dispel,amongst a forest full of lies…

  6. Clockendjim

    Although I agree with most of the sentiments listed here, I do not understand the ’12 years without a trophy’ jibe with 2 FA Cups won in the last couple of seasons
    I loved Wenger like the rest of us when he introduced a new kind of football to England, but sadly he has not moved with the times.
    His tactical naivety was obvious when he left Mertesacker & Cech on the bench against West Ham, when clearly they would have dealt much better with the aerial threat of Andy Carroll than Gabriel & Ospina.
    To watch the all-out effort of Leicester this season showed that a team of mostly average ability working flat out can be more successful than a flair team like Arsenal that only turns it on fitfully and not every game.
    With a couple of top signings a solid centre back & a clinical goal finisher, we would have a very good squad, but it needs a manager like Guardiola to make them work at it. Will we get one and if so – who?

  7. Konrad

    No excuse for not winning it this season though….
    Answer to our problems is Kronke OUT!
    Usmanov and Dein back to do signings!!

  8. HillWood

    Arsenal were not even remotely interested in signing Gaurdiola, Klop or Coco TheClown. Changing Wenger never entered thier heads

  9. Phd007

    ClockendjimApril 12, 2016 18:22:54
    Although I agree with most of the sentiments listed here, I do not understand the ’12 years without a trophy’ jibe with 2 FA Cups won in the last couple of seasons
    ————————
    Pretty simple..We didn’t move from Highbury to the Emirates to win FAC’s..

    Well that’s what we were told by the BoD..We were unreliably informed the move to the Emirates was to compete with the Barca’s,RM’s,Mancs,Chelski’s of this world..

    Another lie, perpetuated by our classy club..

  10. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Ph

    We’ll said sir

    George doesn’t getting credit he deserves .

    He built the structure that would last, sure he had a few dodgy Daves in defence Colin pates …

    But on the hole it was a rest team under George .

  11. Phd007

    Aguero missed a penalty..

    He bottled it.Feel for him.So wanted him to score..Great player,wish we had a CF like him..

    Anyway,based on that penalty miss..My money’s on PSG to go through..
    There seems to be psychological block with Man City & CL..

  12. Phd007

    I’ve a feeling Aguero will be coming off.They are targeting to him..Doing a hatchet job on him..

    Would be interesting to see how they cope without him,should he be forced with injury..

    That would be another psychological blow,should he be forced off.

    Definitely have PSG to go through,if that’s the case..

  13. Cesc Appeal

    No the 12 minute thing, means the whole message gets lost, it isn’t the fact we’ve gone 12 years without a title, its the fact we’ve gone twelve years without ‘trying’ to win a title, really doing all we can to win one.

    All that 12 minute applause will do is allow pro-Wenger tits like John Cross to write condescending pieces about Arsenal fans being entitled and that they will ‘never be happy’ etc when that isn’t at all what its about.

  14. Bamford10

    Signs, banners, songs, chants, buttons, t-shirts, tomatoes and cream pies are way better than this 12 minutes thing, which they’ll never pull off adequately, IMO.

  15. Phd007

    Man City vs PSG..

    Sloppy game all around..It seems both sets of players are bricking it..
    Tentative…Too many unforced errors..

    What’s the RM vs Wolfsburg game like?

  16. Cesc Appeal

    Bamford

    I don’t even think its about pulling it off, it sends out the wrong message and will warped in the media and I think will actually end up making Wenger look good.

    I’ve always had the idea of supporters turning up, sticking a fake £20 note on their seat and leaving. Again though, it would need to be done on mass, for added impact you could have Wenger’s face on one side and Kroenke’s on the other.

  17. Phd007

    The 12 minute thing is pointless..

    Does nothing.What happens,it get’s a bit of press coverage..If it so happens Arsenal win the game..It becomes a footnote..

    If they lose,sure the media highlight this..But so what..The fans have already paid for the ticket..Don’t think the club gives a damn..The club will somehow spin it..Assuaging the concerns of the fans,by planting stories in the media,how Arsenal are being linked with this player,that player..blah,blah..

    Then the very same fans participating in this 12 minute applause,will be saying to themselves,” let’s see how the summer goes,blah,blah..”
    Given the fickle nature of Arsenal fans,it will be a rinse,repeat cycle..

    In short,pointless.Just an exercise in futility…

  18. karim

    Cesc / Phd

    Shit half, ain’t it ?
    What a mistake Blanc has made to play 3/5/2, not the night to experiment a new system, psg lucky Aguero missed his pen.
    Hope they revert to good old 4/4/2 or City are in the semi-finals.Doesn’t look like a CL game in terms of intensity.

  19. STV

    “I’ve always had the idea of supporters turning up, sticking a fake £20 note on their seat and leaving. Again though, it would need to be done on mass, for added impact you could have Wenger’s face on one side and Kroenke’s on the other.”

    Wow!!

  20. Cesc Appeal

    Thanks guys, viva la resistance!

    Yeah the game isn’t shaping up how I thought it would. Interesting to see if PSG change things at half-time.

    Tomorrow is the game I’m waiting for, should be a great one. Provided there isn’t referee interference.

  21. daz

    Red

    If you want to do a real protest you should stand outside of the stadium and set yourself on fire show em how its really done

  22. Phd007

    karimApril 12, 2016 19:40:47
    Cesc / Phd Shit half, ain’t it ?
    What a mistake Blanc has made to play 3/5/2, not the night to experiment a new system, psg lucky Aguero missed his pen.
    Hope they revert to good old 4/4/2 or City are in the semi-finals.Doesn’t look like a CL game in terms of intensity.
    ——————————-

    Yep a bit bizarre why Blanc opted for a 3-5-2 formation.
    Not really a good idea to try experimenting with such a formation,especially with the tie finely poised.Or rather PSG conceding 2 away goals in the first leg..

    Strange game..
    Only notable highlights so far..Ibra’s two freekicks..Aguero winning a penalty and missing..

    I fancy PSG to go through..

  23. Phd007

    dazApril 12, 2016 19:50:32
    Red If you want to do a real protest you should stand outside of the stadium and set yourself on fire show em how its really done
    ——————————–

    Sorry,I shouldn’t laugh…act of self immolation is not funny..

    But I couldn’t help laughing out loud..As you aimed this barb at Red Truth.
    I’m in stitches..

  24. STV

    “Red If you want to do a real protest you should stand outside of the stadium and set yourself on fire show em how its really done”

    Better than sticky bills thing.

  25. Bamford10

    De Bruyne is so sick. My favorite player in the world at moment.

    Definitely a better player than Ozil. Can do everything.

    1-0, City.

  26. Phd007

    Excellent..Class player..Especially coming back from injury..

    Was waiting for him to do something special..Him & Aguero..

  27. Bamford10

    London

    At the start of this season I said De Bruyne was one of the best five players in the PL and a number of posters — incl. Nasir’s Mouth? — told me it was “too soon to say”.

    LOL.

  28. WengerEagle

    PSG will surely give Blanc the boot now, winning Ligue 1 isn’t enough for the investment that they’ve put into the club.

    Get dumped out at the QF stage every season.

  29. WengerEagle

    Looks like Ibrahimovic will never win the Champions League.

    Incredible given that he’s played for 12 odd years at the top for Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG.

  30. Simon

    This is a good post. Often your posts are, just, not.

    We are behind the curve as you say, well behind it. We need a new philosophy of playing, a new way of expressing it to players (manager) and different players to bring it to fruition. It isn’t a good place to be.

  31. Phd007

    Nasri’s Mouth is a prick..

    He was shite when it came to identifying strikers especially..

    Some of his pearlers

    On Higuain:Not good enough.Arsene was wise to avoid him.

    On Suarez.Wasn’t worth £50 million & no one knew he would have the season he did,before he went to Barca..

    On Drogba:In his first season in the EPL,he only had one good season out of 10 seasons(lol).

    On Theo:He is a pretty awesome finisher(lol)

    On Sanogo:It’s a win-win situation.We paid nothing for him,if it doesn’t work out..If he works out,then we benefit..

    On Benzema:In 2013,I only realise how good Benzema is..

    On what striker can we buy since RVP left:-No one…
    Well he gave a list of who wasn’t available due to either being shit,or being too expensive.

    Prior to Pepe leaving Barca,what manager can replace Arsene:No one

    On Pepe signing for Barca:Well,we missed out on Pepe.

    Some pearlers from Nasri’s Mouth..

    Interesting to note, as the season has turned to shit,he’s scurried down his rat hole..I’d have more respect for him,if he turned up,held his hand up and said,yeah guys I called it wrong..Nope,he dishes the shite out& scurries off when he’s founding wanting..

    Fair weather & spineless comes to mind..

    Absolutely surprised,certain people gave him the time of day,with some his pearlers..

    Anyway I digress..Ibra-goal..Offside..

  32. Phd007

    STVApril 12, 2016 20:21:23
    PhD bad choice opting for a dire city game
    ———————-
    I know…

    That said,nice to see Man City go through(hopefully)..

  33. Phd007

    Interviewer:How do you explain Man city going through to the semi’s?

    Arsene:They spent money.They have unlimited funds.I do not.I have had to fight for every penny..

    Interviewer:How do you explain Leicester possibly winning the EPL?

    Arsene:It shows you can win spending less money..

    Interviewer:What about you..How do you explain this season& the last 5 years with ample funds and not getting past the knockout stages in the CL,or winning the EPL?

    Arsene:What about me??!! Who says I have money..

  34. WengerEagle

    RedtruthApril 12, 2016 15:23:49

    ‘PSG will stroll to victory with plenty to spare with Aguero once again exposed as a dud against superior opposition.’

    Marble bang on as always, was a stroll in the park for the Parisians.

    Lol.

  35. karim

    Poor performance from psg, City deserve it overall.
    Still don’t understand Blanc’s choices, guess that’s the end for him.

  36. salparadisenyc

    Love it sacked Pellegrini into the semi’s.
    Last time he was in that position the Arsenal eliminated his yellow subs.

    CR7 beasts the side ahead, what a player.

  37. WengerEagle

    LG

    I still don’t think that he’s anywhere near Messi but Ronaldo once again tonight proved what an amazing player that he is. He’s definitely an all-time great.

    Probably the greatest goalscorer that the modern game has ever seen.

  38. Phd007

    London gunnerApril 12, 2016 20:43:52
    PhD
    You missed out nasri mouth’sComment on giroud being better than Kane.

    ———————————-
    Haha..Didn’t see that one…Not surprised to be honest..
    He’s a total douchebag..

  39. WengerEagle

    I think that tonight once again also proves how Ibrahimovic, while a phenomenal player no doubt isn’t one of the best players in the world.

    PSG are built around him and they come up short every season. As has ever other club he has ever played for in the UCL.

    Real Madrid and Man United built around Ronaldo both won the Champions League, Barcelona have won the Champions League 3 times with Messi as the focal point.

    That for me is the difference between very good players and great players.

  40. Redtruth

    Take away Aguero’s 5 goals against relegation fodder Man City and he’s had a bang average season..In fact he’s had a bang average season regardless.

  41. Cesc Appeal

    Massively backing Atletico tomorrow, certainly can do it, just have to stay disciplined and keep their fingers crossed the referee doesn’t decide to intervene on Barcelona’s behalf.

  42. Phd007

    Not really been a fan of Ibra..Yes,he’s scored some fantastic goals over the years..But in high pressurised matches,he tends to go missing..

    I noticed this even when he used to play for Sweden in the Euros,way back..

    I think it’s quite telling that’s he played for some top clubs like Juve,AC Milan,Inter,Barca & PSG,and hasn’t one a CL.,as highlighted by Wengle Eagle..
    It can’t be down to coincidence..

    That said,I’d have him at Arsenal…

  43. Ishola70

    Fair play to City.

    Paris were not good tonight and there was a stage in the first leg where it looked like PSG would wrap the tie up before the second leg but overall City played it pretty cute over the two games with the sitting back and counter attacks.

    Would love to see Pellegrini lift the CL. Would be a great story and also would rub Wenger’s nose in it yet again. Not only could Wenger be over seeing a season where he failed to capitalise on the big teams failure in the EPL this season with Leicester embarrassingly the ones who have taken advantage but also one of these failing EPL big clubs could make amends by winning the CL. Wenger has nothing to fall back on yet again not in terms of the serious trophies. Add in the possibility of Spurs finishing higher in the table than Arsenal and the charge sheet against Wenger just keeps on growing and growing.

  44. WengerEagle

    ‘That said,I’d have him at Arsenal’

    Lol, funnily enough s would I.

    I don’t think that he’s good enough if you want to win the Champions League but he’s certainly good enough to spearhead a title challenge.

    Massive upgrade on Giroud as he’s much better than him at literally everything barring heading.

  45. Cesc Appeal

    The stories about Arsenal scrapping their British core, Gibbs, Oxlade and Walcott all to be shown the door, and potentially Ramsey.

    First off, I think Wenger would rather cut his own arm off with a spoon than hurt his babies like that, second, how the f**k does Wilshere escape this kind of speculation, is it because peopled think he cannot be sold, as in no one would take him?

  46. WengerEagle

    ‘You’re the mug for wanting Man City to succed in Europe…lol’

    Said that I thought that City would win, not that I wanted them to win.

    I’d lay off the predictions if I were you Nostradamus.

    Lol.

  47. Phd007

    CR7..
    A footballing athlete..A great one at that..

    For years,I loved watching this guy at ManUre..Watching his progressive rise.
    I might meteoric rise..Used to have me on the edge of my seat..

    When there was this Messi vs CR7 debate..I was in firmly in the CR7 camp..

    But had to concede,that Messi is a footballing artist..

    I guess I can appreciate both CR7 & Messi,they utilise their strengths both to maximise effect..Different players,both a joy to watch..

    But if I’m going to be honest,and it’s certainly going to raise a few eyebrows..

    For me Zindane,eclipses Messi..

    Watching Zindane,used to bring tears to my eyes.They way he used to stroke/caress the ball,like making love to a woman..
    He rarely gave away possession..If he did,more often than not he would draw a foul..

    But for me,what seals it..Were many things..
    The volley in the CL final into the top left hand corner to win RM their CL trophy in 2000/1 (I think)..

    The 1998 World Cup..He captained that team to victory..
    The Euro’s 2000 ..
    The Euro’s 2004(I think) where France played England..The match where Beckham missed the penalty.I think last minute,England conceded a penalty.
    Zindane placed the ball on the spot,literally threw up on the pitch.Stepped up and scored..Real mental strength..

    And then 2006 WC Germany..Came out of retirement.His nation.players begged him to help his country.And he took them to the 2006 WC Finals..

    Sorry for me Zindane,is better than Messi..Always will be..He did it for both country and club..

  48. WengerEagle

    LG

    Definitely but then again, he’d be losing some of his physical stature as it’s practically impossible to be fast and agile at 6 foot 5.

    Massively disappointed once again in Cavani too, feel a bit sorry for him as he’s clearly no support striker but he just doesn’t look anything like he did at Napoli.

    For someone that tall though Ibra is surprisingly nimble, Giroud is shorter than him for perspective.

  49. WengerEagle

    Phd

    Zidane was a beautiful footballer, the ultimate big game player too.

    Balls of steel and always stepped up to the plate like a man.

    Will never forget how he made a prime Ronaldinho and friends look like kids in 2006 WC.

  50. Redtruth

    WengerEagle

    Pot calling the kettle black.

    I recall you predicting that Chelsea would beat PSG, you fucking mug.lol

    You certainly have a fetish for British sides.lol

  51. STV

    I too hated him at Utd but it has to be said he is one of the greats of the game. The things I like about Ronaldo are that he makes best out of his abilities-limited it maybe, his hardwork in training and most of all
    his supreme fitness, something the perma-crocks in Arsenal can only look on with envy.

  52. STV

    Zidane was a beautiful footballer, the ultimate big game player too.

    Balls of steel and always stepped up to the plate like a man.

    I second your opinion WE. Never heard any one criticize his play.

  53. Phd007

    WengerEagleApril 12, 2016 21:11:43
    Phd

    Zidane was a beautiful footballer, the ultimate big game player too.Balls of steel and always stepped up to the plate like a man.Will never forget how he made a prime Ronaldinho and friends look like kids in 2006 WC.

    —————————————–
    Yep,he was a big game player for sure..You can just roll through his footballing career,and they would be too many special moments to recall.Far too many..

    But for him to come out of retirement in 2006 and single handedly drag France to the WC 2006 Final..Making Ronaldinho and friends look like kids.
    Words can’t begin to describe..

    In my eyes,I’d put him up there with Maradona..Just my view..

    Personally I didn’t and don’t want to see him in management.As I think given the fickle nature of fans,should he not do well,they may well forget about his footballing excellence and focus on his managerial exploits..

    I wish him well at RM,I hope he wins a CL Trophy.
    I’m usually emotional detached from football..But in the case of Zindane,I’ll make an exception..I think RM will win the CL..His experience,vision,artistry & knowledge can certainly be passed on to the players.And I’m sure CR7 and Co,hold him in high esteem..

    The comeback against Wolfsburg today,the win against Barca,might confirm that..Time will tell I guess..

  54. salparadisenyc

    ZZ dismantling performance vs the Brazilians in the 06 world cup goes down as one of the all the greats.

    Les Bleus lived or died by him in that tournament.

  55. Phd007

    HillWoodApril 12, 2016 21:22:04
    Phd007- why use 1 sentence when 20 will do eh?
    ————————————

    What like F**k you..?!!

  56. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    City had a game plan when the money started coming in …
    Year 2 win league
    Year 6 win big cup etc…

    What was our game plan when the big money came in ?
    From the promised land of the mega stadium
    ?

    Year two shares holders reap 20 percent manager 30
    Year 6 share holder 40 manager 60

  57. STV

    “Personally I didn’t and don’t want to see him in management.As I think given the fickle nature of fans,should he not do well,they may well forget about his footballing excellence and focus on his managerial exploits”

    But I loved him went to Barca and beat them at their place when managers like Pellegrini, Mourinho and Ancelotti and Benitez would suffer embarrassing 2-6, 5-0, and 3-4 and 4-0 losses respectively, at their first game in charge.