So we all know that Wenger is likely to stay on beyond his current deal. The papers are rife with news on a newly prepared contract extension and we know the manager is double keen because after this, he has little else outside the game. Many people seem to question me saying that, read up on him, his comments on his own life and speak to people who know him. Then challenge it.
The boss has thrown an unlikely denial out this morning claiming the story is an invention. If you believe that, you’re deluding yourself. That deal is there, ready and waiting. Intent from the owner is there and intent from the manager is there… Why am I so sure?
Well, you can’t buy up expensive toys in this game if you’re not around to look after them. If the strong stories of a mega makeover this summer are true, it’s pretty damn clear that some mega money is going to be dropped. No owner in their right mind nukes the company piggy bank without having some amount of certainty the person spending is going to be there to see the project through. It’d be catastrophic oversight to do something that stupid…
I mean, it feels outrageous that we’re entrusting the manager with £100m this summer anyway. He’s shown little aptitude for squad building, he’s lost in an era of technical visionaries and his judgement on whole footballers has been relatively weak. When I say that, I’m talking full package… Ozil lacks leadership and full season focus, Sanchez lacks defensive discipline and intelligence, Chamberlain has all the physical attributes you need, but he’s missing confidence and craft… Back in the day, Wenger coached these elements back in, nowadays, that doesn’t happen because the bits our players lack are the bits Wenger doesn’t have… like discipline or tactics… or the bits our manager lost… like making players die for the cause or crafting lumps of turd into gems.
Anyway, back to it. Final seasons are generally a disaster for managers. Players don’t need an excuse to shut down early. Ferguson retired then had to cancel it to save his league campaign on round one of quitting. This season, we’ve seen the City players strolling in the CL semi finals because they know Pep is coming. Players are like kids. If they know a teacher isn’t going to be around for report time, they’ll act up.
The idea that we’d spend a ton of money with Wenger, and go into a new season knowing switch off was going to happen is just beyond the pale. Even Ivan would have to pipe up about this. The potential failure expense would be unreal. Wenger could wipe the clubs savings, drop us out of the Champions League and force the club into borrowing against TV money to give the new manager a chance to amend the mess. Not going to happen.
If Wenger goes, he’s dropping the mic when we least expect it. No way he finishes his tenure next season, because he’s about to embark on the biggest rebuild in 10 years.
Wenger, for all his flaws, would never intentionally leave us in the shit. If he does go big this summer and doesn’t stay on… He’d be doing that in a perverse kind of way.
Also, who would sign on with a manager in it for a year? Agents would ask what the plans were. The plans would get leaked. I mean, this denial has so many holes in it, I’m unsure why he even bothered!
Also, be real people… You think all those prestigious papers picked up the leak from their collective imaginations? Do me a favour. The club need Wenger to commit because the club need a big summer. Don’t fool yourself into this tense game of will he won’t he… because he will, he’ll have no problem chaining himself to us for another two years.
… And if he does, I’ll have to get out of my rut with him. Because this whole Wenger thing is killing my love for the game. If he goes big for strikers this summer, and seriously addresses weaknesses and bins off the dross, we could be in better shape next year. Tactics and systems are important… But you always need to remember, the most important part of a winning team is the quality of the players.
If we land Mkhitryan, Reus or Benzema we’ll be in a good place. Interesting that Dortmund just signed French superstar Ousame Dembele (not the Spurs player), he’s a forward, so you’d hazard a guess someone is leaving. I’m surprised we weren’t looking at him… He’s been touted all season. And he’s from Ligue One. Interesting what he had to say on his move…
“The concept of Borussia totally convinces me. I can’t wait to start playing games in the Signal Iduna Park in front of 80,000 people and to play in the Champions League.”
What is our concept?
Anyway, back to it… maybe we’ll land Kante if the release clause is true. Maybe we’ll sign a whole wonder of players and we’ll be so powerful, systems won’t matter and the new players will all be leaders negating the need for much leadership from Wenger. Or maybe we’ll do what Klopp is doing… give the players two weeks off and work all summer on an actual vision of how we play. Look at what the experimental coaches are doing around Europe and do what all the great innovators do… repurpose and improve.
We’ll see. Wenger isn’t the right man to lead us to glory, but if he is serious about this summer, then he’ll have to be serious about committing. If he’s serious about committing, you’d have to hope someone at Arsenal has told him what’s coming and what we need to do to compete.
There’s no way the club are going to let Wenger destroy our future by spending away the rainy day fund and not committing. So don’t believe the comments from the main man, he’s just teasing the soft middle class fans who twitch and chant ‘one Arsene Wenger’ uncontrollably at the first hint of change or tension. It’s a classy threat he has no plans on carrying out.
Fear not. Or fear. For some, this is football purgatory. Neither good nor bad. Just more of the same.