A day on from the extraordinary rant in the press from Ivan Gazidis, I’m still left pondering why the hell he came out and said all those things.
- He was mostly stretching the truth or telling out right lies
- Ivan always has a reason for speaking. He’s very strategic and very controlled.
- It read like an apology for a summer that hasn’t failed yet
So what sparked the interview?
Was he told by Stan that Wenger needed some public backing? Was Ivan waxing the surfboard, bracing himself for the tidal wave of criticism he’s going to get when Arsene Wenger selfishly puts pen to paper on a new deal? Was he bracing us for another car crash summer?
I mean, seriously, bleating on about not being able to compete when the two teams that sandwiched you in the league were Spurs and Leicester is quite incredible. Then you are looking at clubs who’ve never had Champions League / have weaker match day revenues / weaker sponsorship deals spending huge amounts of cash around us.
The more I read that interview, the more baffled I am about it’s origins.
Then you look at our summer so far. We’ve lost about £300k per week of the wage bill by losing Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky. We’ve signed 3 players in Xhaka who is clearly a great buy, then two players who will almost certainly be sent out on loan. Then you look at Danny Welbeck being out for the season, then you look at the impending disaster we have coming at centre back… and you can only conclude that we’re 3 layers down before we’ve even started, excluding at least 3 players we needed last season already.
… and Ivan thinks we can compete?
I mean, I have to admire him sticking to the company mantra of ‘WENGER IS GOD’, but jeez, at least come with a line of argument that makes sense.
What he really wants to say is…
‘I’ve been working behind the scenes to make a lot of the wrong right, but if you put great thinking and smart tech in the hands of someone who doesn’t care for it, you’re not going to improve on the pitch’
That’s what he should be saying, but he can’t. We’ll be stuck with Wenger for 3 more years. If he finished 8th this year, doesn’t spend any money and cuts our wage bill, he won’t actually have cost Stan any money. So what’s stopping Stan from giving him one more contract to say cheerio? Nothing.
We are stuck in managerial purgatory. Until the king abdicates, we will continue down this insane path.
… and look, I absolutely promise you, after this King is gone, many things will leak out of the club about the real Arsene Wenger. He won’t be able to run the same buttoned up ‘king-maker’ shit he can now when this all collapses.
Anyway, just to put a smile on your face before I leave. Mahrez is being linked with Arsenal for £40m. Apparently his agent refused to deny the story. I don’t know what to think here. Vardy made sense. He was 29, he had a break clause and he’d be feeding off Ozil. Mahrez is young, he has a contract, he has Champions League football and Leicester have already sold Kante.
Is this a real story? Or is it agent games to get his client a better deal? Could be a mix of both, but I won’t hold my breath. Mahrez is a super, super talented player… but if we spend £40m on him, where is our cash for a striker? I mean, we can afford to do both. Just not sure Wenger has the balls to do that because a £110m summer would make him accountable.
We all know Wenger does not like to be accountable.
Before I leave. Tomas Tuchel having a blinding summer so far:
A.Schürrle M.Götze O.Dembélé S.Rode R.Guerreiro M.Bartra E.Mor M.Merino
8 players. But Arsene said you can’t sign 8 players and settle them? Let’s see…
That’s me done. SEE YOU TOMORROW.