Ozil angling for major club attention | What does a football director bring?

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Wenger dropped conversation around Olivier Giroud being our first team striker next season. In the interview, he states that he’ll be the first team striker next summer, but he has strong and weak moments… I guess, like not scoring in 20 odd games.

For me, Wenger should be looking at Olivier, realise he’s now 29 years old and he should be ruthless. Is he good enough to lead our line? No. What would happen to our title challenge if a new striker was injured for 9 months? It’d falter. Wenger should be shipping him on. He’s not getting any younger, he’s unlikely to find world class form and he’s a big reason we’re not top of the league.

Our manager isn’t ruthless enough for that sort of carry on. One more season… seems to be the mantra. He should be taking a machete to that squad this summer. He doesn’t need to spend hundreds of millions to replace our failing players. He needs to look at what the forward line lacked and replace it. Is there much point in us having a lumbering striker who lacks mobility and finishing grace? I’m not so sure. Maybe we find a younger version. Someone who has power, height and potential and we sign someone who is established. But point is, if you can’t score 30 goals with Mesut in the side, there’s no point you being at Arsenal.

Arsenal lagging on the Xhaka signing. Everyone knows he’s coming, but we’re still messing around announcing it. We really do know how to spoil the party. At least there’s one name down. I’d love to know where the others are coming from?

A few asked why I’m so insistent on Santi being replaced. For me, he’s struggled with fatigue quite a bit over the last few seasons, he’s just had a major injury and he’s super integral to our team. He doesn’t need to be moved on, but surely we need to be thinking about having someone in the side who can at least replicate his importance… or grow into it. For me, our title died with his injury… it was apparent at the start of last summer we had no one who could do what he could do. So we really need to find a replacement this summer.

The Mesut Ozil panto continues to roll on…

“I still have two years contract with Arsenal, as you know, and we will be in talks with the club and we’ll see what happens in the future”

“But as I said, now I’m concentrating on Euro 2016 in France, which is very important for me and my team after the last World Cup. Then later on, I will see what I do with Arsenal.”

Seems like he and Sanchez are both either angling for mega money, or they’re desperately trying to get away from a club they know won’t compete under Arsene Wenger. When you’re super rich, cash isn’t an issue in your life, winning things is.

Playing in a super basic setup, with a lot of drossy players can’t be that exciting even if you have a huge pay cheque dropping every couple of weeks. It’d be a big blow to Wenger to lose those two players. Sanchez is electric and a crowd pleaser, Ozil is a pass master, he keeps the football hipsters involved. I wouldn’t really be that upset if they moved on… providing we brought in outstanding replacements.

Sanchez has many flaws in his game we know Wenger can’t rectify… because Pep couldn’t. Ozil tails off horrendously for at least half a season every season. He wasn’t interested during the back end of the year. Praise him all you want for his sublime passing… he didn’t do a good job in the last half of the year. He didn’t really add goals to his game. He didn’t lead.

Who is out there that could replace him? Not many. But look, if players want out, send them packing. Just make sure we’re not left with our pants down like we so often have been in the past.

Finally, a fascinating article from Sid Lowe on Monchi of Sevilla. He’s their sporting director. He turned the club into a profit making force that wins trophies, some of the stellar lines…

“No one takes a ‘what great economic results’ banner to the stadium,”

Love that. I’m sure I’ve seen that banner at Arsenal, along with ‘Substandard camembert will not be tolerated.’

He also gets into his approach to scouting players.

“Sixteen people cover a series of leagues. For the first five months we watch a lot of football but with no particular aim: we’re just accumulating data. Every month we produce an ideal XI for each league. Then in December we start watching players who appeared regularly in different contexts – home, away, international – to build the broadest possible profile.”

You wonder how the Arsenal approach works? Is it weak scouting, or is it weak activation on the reccomendations from Wenger? I think maybe a mix of both. I know that Steve Rowley isn’t exactly the man he used to be. Man of yesteryear, not exactly a data beast like so many of the younger ones are who are coming through. Perhaps he should have been moved on a few years ago.

This bit about negotiations is also interesting.

“The guy selling a Seat Leon will claim it’s a better model,” Monchi says. “Kanouté wasn’t the first option; we were going after Fred, the Brazilian. We wanted [Kevin-Prince] Boateng before Keita. And if a player says: ‘Chelsea want me,’ I say: ‘What are you talking to me for, then?’ But if Swansea or Spurs want you, let’s talk. I sell the city, the club: a serious club that pays as promised, which sounds trivial but isn’t.”

Love the bit about Spurs. Also love the idea of having back-ups. We don’t land Suarez, we have no one. We don’t land Benzema, we go with no one. So many times over the years we’ve gone for the eggs in one basket approach. Which shows you there’s something fundamentally corrupt in our approach. We never have a plan b, and look, there can’t be such thing as no plan b in a world jam packed with footballers.

This isn’t the approach of some tin pot club either, it’s the approach of a club that’s winning European competitions. We have more resource than them, better facilities in a more widely adored City. We should be finding these sort of options on a more regular basis.

You also wonder how good his relations are in the game. Is being more of a football man a benefit because you get access to better players? It’ll be very interesting to see whether Arsenal load up with a football director figure when Wenger leaves, because it makes total sense to me. A manager cannot be good at everything and the power of opinion resting in one persons hands isn’t a smart way to grow a successful business. You need to have a multitude of expertise and opinions weighing in because football is about specialists nowadays… not personalities.

Anyway, good times. Have a great day!

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  1. WengerEagle

    ‘They complain if you haven’t hit 25 goals by the end of the season. ‘It’s actually rare nowadays to find a striker who specialises in more than just scoring, who actually works for his team-mates.”

    Off the top of my head:

    Luis Suarez
    Karim Benzema
    Lewandowski
    Aguero
    Harry Kane
    Higuain
    Ibrahimovic
    Dybala
    Griezmann
    Aubameyang

    All offer what Morata does and score 25+ goals no problem.

  2. STV

    Not much excited by Lukaku tbh. Seen too much of him in pl. Improvement to Giroud? yes but I think he’s not the one who’d win you important games, he can be easily marked and generally score lesser goals for a top class striker.

  3. gonsterous

    Stv

    We can agree to disagree on that, though we all agree arnautovic is not good enough

    Bamford
    Cheers for correcting that. English isn’t as easy as it looks 🙂

  4. Bamford10

    I like Batshuayi. If all you guys want is goalscoring, pace and promise at a reasonable price, I think he is a good bet. Good little player.

  5. WengerEagle

    Could Leroy Sane be moulded into a CF?

    He’s 6 foot tall, decent build on him and is only 20 years old.

    8 goals and 6 assists in the Bundesliga, he’s an excellent dribbler and looks like he could be a bit special.

  6. Bamford10

    WE

    All the strikers you’ve listed are great players/strikers, but they will cost a boatload of money — in most cases, more money than Arsenal are going to spend on a single player.

    So they are all moot points.

    Re Lukaku, I’m just not convinced by him — especially at that price. I prefer Batshuayi as a player/striker, frankly, and he is less expensive.

  7. Ishola70

    lol first real purposeful forward move by Sevilla in the whole match and they score.

    Moreno the Sevilla fan at fault for the goal.

  8. Redtruth

    Lukaku is cumbersome and in my eyes valued no more than £12-15m.
    I remember Bamford and many mugs rating Benteke who is a pitiful excuse of a forward.

  9. Danish Gooner

    Wenger spent more then 50 mil on serious dross like Gabriel,Ospina,Chambers etc the season before last.

  10. Marko

    WE no point trying to mould or convert anyone. We should just look at sorting out the position full stop. Not turning Sane into a striker or Draxler into Van Persie

  11. Cesc Appeal

    WE

    With Wenger in charge I don’t think we can mould anyone, those days are gone.

    I don’t think even he believes that anymore, goes for the safe option where before he would look to someone he thought he could turn into a lethal ST.

  12. STV

    Best Strikers

    1. Suarez
    2.Higuain
    3.Lewandowiski
    4.Griezmann
    5.Aubemeyang
    6.Kane
    7.Aguero
    8.Dybala
    9.Benzema
    10.Cavani
    11.Icardi
    12.Lukaku

    Players who should be available with much effort and the those we should be looking for.

    Higuain/Aubemeyang/Griezman/Dybala/Griezman/Benzema

    Surely, some of them will move somewhere or other. Wenger font try to tell top strikers are rarity and are not available !!!!!!

  13. Bamford10

    STV

    Great list, but all of those players (save Icardi) would be too expensive for Arsenal, IMO. We need to sign the likes of those when they are 20-21 and not outrageously expensive.

  14. Cesc Appeal

    WE

    Shame, because players like Aubameyang and Martial are players from Ligue 1 Wenger would have had in the old days, Kante and Matuidi as well, Cabaye from Lille.

    Just seems to be safety and financial restraint first, that way he gets cut slack.

  15. Marko

    Well Dybala is top class. But all this top class striker stuff honestly with how we play and our ability to occasionally over the years make average limited players look top class I personally think half the guys we mention would be a hit with us. Especially Lacazette and Icardi with his 43 goals the last two seasons. I personally think we need two strikers but god knows what Wenger will do.

  16. Marko

    For me Sturridge is better than Lukaku, Icardi, Aubemayang and even Cavani in that list.

    Nope. At least two of those guys are more prolific besides he is absolutely one of the biggest sicknotes in world football. We have to avoid those types of players like the plague from now on

  17. Bamford10

    What if rather than signing a £45m+ CF, we sign a Batshuayi and a Mkhitaryan (for roughly the same total)?

    Then go with a starting XI like so:

    ________Ospina*
    Bell__Gabr__Kosc__Monr
    ____Xhaka____Jack
    _________Ozil
    Mkhit___Batshu___Alexis

  18. Marko

    1) Suarez
    2) Lewandowski
    3) Benzema
    4) Aguero
    5) Higuain
    6) Ibrahimovic
    7) Aubameyang
    8) Kane
    *Wouldn’t call Griezmann or Dybala
    strikers.

    They fucking bang like strikers brah.

    Sevilla putting on a show now

  19. champagne charlie

    STV

    Is that list considering potential? Because Kane above Aguero and Benzema is fucking tragic to read. I get people have differing opinions but jesus christ not to that ridiculous degree.

  20. Samesong

    Morata isn’t young and he’s not top class.

    Is 23 old is that old lol. He is still highly rated.

  21. WengerEagle

    ‘I personally think half the guys we mention would be a hit with us. Especially Lacazette and Icardi with his 43 goals the last two seasons. I personally think we need two strikers but god knows what Wenger will do.’

    Don’t disagree tbh.

  22. Danish Gooner

    This is mental strength and i wonder if we have had that ferocius appetite for success how much more we could achieve.

  23. gonsterous

    What are the Liverpool players doing ?? Giving away cheap fouls .. shall we write them off as bottlers then ??

  24. WengerEagle

    At Morata’s young age:

    – Lewandowski scored 30 goals in a season.
    – Benzema scored 26 goals.
    – Suarez scored 49 goals.
    -Higuain scored 29 goals.
    – Aguero scored 27 goals.
    – Kane scored 31 goals.

  25. Marko

    Liverpool being ripped asunder here. Midfield non-existent and Coutinho and Firmino been incredibly poor. Holy shit this is some collapse

  26. Ishola70

    Oh dear Liverpool.

    Where is ze mental strength? They have collapsed defensively after being tested after Sevilla did absolutely zilch in the first half.

    That first Sevilla goal and when Liverpool conceded it has killed the scousers off.

    Liverpool could have had this cup in the bag after the first 45 mins.

  27. vicky

    “Mignolet maybe should’ve saved that?”

    For me he is a very very average GK. Always makes silly mistakes, nothing special about him. Strange Klopp trusts him so much,

  28. Marko

    At Morata’s young age:– Lewandowski scored 30 goals in a season.
    – Benzema scored 26 goals.
    – Suarez scored 49 goals.
    -Higuain scored 29 goals.
    – Aguero scored 27 goals.
    – Kane scored 31 goals.

    Actually been a real productive day on le grove today. Still a highly rated player but some worthwhile points being brought up about Morata. Still worth the punt but for the price he’s seemingly priced at? Maybe not

  29. WengerEagle

    Mignolet is crap, Klopp is binning him and signing the Mainz keeper.

    Sevilla are just ridiculous in the EL, like Barcelona in terms of domination in the last decade.

  30. Danish Gooner

    Sevilla have won the europa league 5 times in 11 seasons that is an incredible record but next year they wont be there to defend it,not even Real or Barca have won 5 european trophies in 11 seasons

  31. Marko

    Who’s the mainz keeper? Karius? Some unbelievable keepers in Germany. Leno, Fahrmann, Timo Horn (Koln), Ter Stegan at Barca, Baumann. Some talent

  32. Ishola70

    The thing with Sevilla though is that they will not kick on. They will stay at the same level again next season. They are masters at winning out in the second rank class.

  33. gonsterous

    Danish gunner

    5 EL in 11 season doesn’t sound impressive enough. 3 EL in a row sounds much better !!

  34. Bamford10

    WE

    I wasn’t actually giving you a hard time. I was just saying ‘we get it’. You’ve made your point. I like Morata, but you have a point. That is all. No beef. 😉

  35. Marko

    BamfordAlright, was just having a debate.No need to be a bollocks.

    He’s a peach sometimes. Like debating the climate change with a republican

  36. gonsterous

    Ishola

    Oh ya.. bet they can compete with barca, real and athl for the title. They do well for a team without a lot of money… The equivalent to Southampton or Liverpool winning the EL..

  37. Marko

    Disregard that the there. All jokes though fellas. No joe tonight and that Hunter fella has pissed off. Let the good times roll

  38. WengerEagle

    A bridge too far for Klopp this season but no disgrace at all, he’s transformed Liverpool in 2016.

    Two Cup Finals and he’s got the likes of Firmino, Origi, Sakho, Lovren, Allen and Milner looking very good.

    Will be interesting to see who he buys in the summer.

  39. N5

    Spot on WE, it’s been quite a good first season for Klopp. He’s buy in and shed some shite in the window and Liverpool will be a threat next season.

  40. Cesc Appeal

    ‘Storage is Sh!t’

    I don’t know, sometimes you have so much clutter around the house the rental fees are worth it.

  41. Cesc Appeal

    Yeah if you are looking for DoF’s once Wenger finally leaves, Sevilla and Juventus would be a good place to try and poach one.

  42. Bamford10

    Benteke doing an excellent job of fouling every time the ball gets near him.

    Still believe in him, though. Could score 30 goals with us, IMO.

  43. N5

    Agreed Sam fuck Storage. I hate his show about post fights he’s had! Storage Wars.

    Gonsterous, do you think so? he is shite!!

  44. Ishola70

    Danish Gooner:
    “Sevilla have won the europa league 5 times in 11 seasons that is an incredible record but next year they wont be there to defend it”

    They could go into Europa League next season by finishing third in their Champions League group. That’s how they got into Europa League this season. So they could defend the Europa League next season. Or have the rules been changed next season?

  45. N5

    Fuck me! Defensively Liverpool are all over the place. They are so unorganized. You’d never believe these guys have ever played a game together before.

  46. gonsterous

    Isoha

    I don’t understand how you are banging on about sevilla not competing and stepping up when you are content with 4th under Lord Wenger !! What’s your point exactly ??

  47. Cesc Appeal

    N5

    Night and day from the first half, partly due to Liverpool slipping, partly due to Sevilla stopping long ball stuff and playing at a higher tempo.

  48. vicky

    Gonsterous

    yeah I thought he should have been in that list based on his innate talent. His injury record and his laziness are a problem but o doubting his talent. If he is shit then what will you call Theo, Giroud, benteke ?

  49. Bamford10

    Well, that’s that. Klopp needs a better squad. Will be interesting to see what he does this summer.

  50. N5

    CA, we’ve seen this a lot from Liverpool though where they start really really strong and then 30+ minutes in they lose all focus and organization. Who’s captaining that team? who’s in control of the back 4? does Mignolet speak to any of them?

    Klopp will need to get in a leader!!

  51. Danish Gooner

    If you could take the workrate and the hunger and footbsll brain of Ever Banega and put it in to wally walnut we would have ourself a 30 or 35 goal a season machine.

  52. Ishola70

    gonsterous:
    “Oh ya.. bet they can compete with barca, real and athl for the title. They do well for a team without a lot of money… The equivalent to Southampton or Liverpool winning the EL..”

    I wasn’t really alluding to La Liga. I was speaking more of how they get on in the Champions League. They qualified for this seasons Europa League by finishing third in their Champions League group. Second tier stuff . What’s the bets that they finish third again in their CL group next season and go back into Europa League.

    They remind me of those Portuguese clubs a few years back that racked up loads of european co-efficient points by doing exactly the same as Sevilla. Fail in Champions League but then go on and do well in Europa League. Middling second tier stuff and has been their territory for years now.

  53. gonsterous

    Emre can looks like that bloke off of x factor. His name is on the tip of my tongue but I can’t seem to remember it !! Same hairstyle.. someone help me out here !!

  54. Danish Gooner

    Ishola 70,i guarentee you Arsenal couldnt win the Europa league 5 times in eleven seasons let alone win it once.

  55. gonsterous

    Isoha

    And what do we do ?? Oh ya. Get out of the champions league group stage, pocket a couple mill for qualifying and my memory gets hazy.. what happens next ??
    People have been saying for a while maybe the EL is more up to our standard and even then we will bottle it under Wenger..

  56. Ishola70

    gonsterous:
    “don’t understand how you are banging on about sevilla not competing and stepping up when you are content with 4th under Lord Wenger !! What’s your point exactly ??”

    I think you have got me mixed up with another poster my good man.

    It can be said that Sevilla operate on a certain level and that level is not a top one but like a lot on here it always goes back to Wenger and Arsenal lol.

    For the record no I am not content with 4th place with Wenger. Never any hinted as such on here. In fact the opposite.

  57. Danish Gooner

    If Arsenal had played with the same gusto when the going got tough we would have cake walked the Pl,instead we folded like we always do,we havnt got 5 percent of the mental strength Sevilla have.

  58. Ishola70

    Are you lot yearning for a Europa League win on here? lol.

    Come on now you know what will happen. It will be just like those recent FA Cup wins. False dawns.

    Europa League has improved it’s rep now that the winners get into CL but it’s still a second tier trophy.

  59. Dissenter

    Sevilla might yet defend the Europa next season if they drop out of the CL group stages early like they did this season.

  60. Danish Gooner

    Arsenal would be well served with a couple of seasons in the Europa League to learn how to negociate tricky european ties because in the CL we are an outright embarrassment.

  61. gonsterous

    Isoha

    The problem at arsenal is the atmosphere at the moment. We are not content with what we have cause we can do so much more and when people question teams winning competitions or showing a bit of passion, the footballer in us, wants to defend them. That’s why it always boils down to Wenger and what he is doing at arsenal. We don’t do it cause we despise him but rather love our club to achieve more than what we are achieving right now..

  62. Danish Gooner

    You could be right Dissenter,would be crazy if they actually won it for the fourth time around.Still think they are a lot better then some of the current cl teams.

  63. Ishola70

    gonsterous:
    “The problem at arsenal is the atmosphere at the moment. We are not content with what we have cause we can do so much more and when people question teams winning competitions or showing a bit of passion, the footballer in us, wants to defend them. That’s why it always boils down to Wenger and what he is doing at arsenal. We don’t do it cause we despise him but rather love our club to achieve more than what we are achieving right now..”

    I understand what you are saying but getting defensive over a Europa League or FA Cup is not worth it.

    By all means get riled up and defensive over EPL title or Champions League. They are competitions to get defensive about. But Europa League or FA Cup……nah.

  64. daz

    “Sevilla might yet defend the Europa next season if they drop out of the CL group stages early like they did this season.”

    Yeah that’s one thing I don’t like about the Europa, it’s like rewarding teams who have failed in the CL to get another chance at a trophy they should do away with that

  65. hunter13

    hehe liverpool… haha… and some of our fans wanted klowpp at arsenal ..he is just a showman to pump his fists at the kop… like amateurs in division 3 …

  66. hunter13

    i remind you all that sevilla was also b2b uefa winner ..with dany alvez…and we thrashed them 3-0 in champions league with adebayor and clichy so i dont know what youre all trying to say exactly.

    respect to emery though..undoubtedly a very serious manager doing a serious job many years now, not just sevilla and valencia in the past as well.

    but you all know it …arsenal on their day will tonk them 4-1 easily

  67. Relieable Sauce

    I thought that was a poor final.
    Leicester will have a good chance of winning it if they finish 3rd in the CL group.