Amazing news coming from the club that Arsene Wenger has moved Thierry Henry on after he refused to give up his role as a Sky Sports news pundit.
On the face of it, I totally understand. You’re either serious about becoming a football manager, or you’re not. Working all over the country to give your views on the Premier League is lucrative work, but it’s going to mean you’re unable to dedicate your mind to the job in hand.
What is absolutely f*cking crazy is that Wenger has once again spent his whole summer as a pundit in France.
You can say what you want about having a blackberry and the ability to remotely work, but it doesn’t stack up for me.
If you’re pissing around on French TV, you’re not focused on the absolutely huge job you’re supposed to be doing at home. After our initial failings in the transfer window, namely, ballsing up the Mikki deal and being silly enough to put all our eggs in the Jamie Vardy basket, you’d think Wenger’s time would be better spent hanging out with his scouts who struggle at the best times. He should be sifting through videos with them, he should be taking calls from agents, he should be plotting what our season looks like with all this competition coming into the league.
He should have a presence. Working remotely never really caught on because presence is king. You need to be there to hear what’s going on. You need to motivate your staff. You need to show commitment to the cause, especially if you’ve consistently delivered shocking summers for the past ten years. You need to be focused.
Instead, he’s sticking a middle finger up to the fans. He’s showing us who the boss is. Quite frankly, I find it embarrassing that our elite manager is doing punditry. You don’t see Mourinho, Pep, Poch or Klopp doing TV gigs. Why? Because they’re focused. All the reasons Wenger has for asking Thierry to leave Sky are all the reasons Wenger shouldn’t be at Euros.
Our summer isn’t looking good is it? Limited rumours generally mean limited movement. All the evidence suggests that not being at the club impacts our ability to do anything.
Gonzalo Higuain? At 29 years old? Really? I mean, great scouting there guys… the old, ‘who scored the most goals in a good league’ strategy paying dividends again. Especially banterful if we’re going to pay more than the £32m Madrid wanted for him 3 years ago when we still needed a striker.
Currently, as things stand, we’re heading into the season with Chuba Akpom as our only fit striker. I mean, I’d say it’s unbelievable, but come on, it’s 100% an Arsene Wenger issue to be having.
… and look, we need to be really smart about players here. We have a tremendously tough opening with a whole bunch of players who aren’t fit because of superb performances at the Euro’s. Liverpool, Leicester and Watford will be tough opponents. We could have a car crash of an opener!
But look, the good thing about a shite summer is Wenger probably won’t get away with it this year. If we are finally punished, there’s no better year to have it happen. A summer where Wenger has saved money, so plenty of cash for the new man. Wenger’s contract is up. Next year we’ll renegotiate the new kit deal. So even more money in the pot.
I also think if Wenger screws this summer, he will get crucified by the fans. We were pretty bad last year, if he fu*ks this summer, he’ll get annihilated and there’s very little chance he’ll want to put pen to paper on a new deal. Then he can retire to the England job and become a Sir and we’ll be done and able to move onto the next chapter.
We know how the story normally ends, this year, it’s different… so at least there might be a win in a loss this time around.