EXPLOSIVE news in the press yesterday as journalist Rob Beasley DROPS some severe TRASH on the internet about JOSE AND WENGER.
I’ve read the snippets and I’ve watched Big Rob in action on the box many times in the past. The Sam Allardyce of writing.
Here’s the short version. He’s not making stories up. Most of what you’re reading is true. But here’s the reality, who didn’t know most of those things?
Jose Mourinho wanted to meet Wenger in a dark alley? I mean, hardly shocking, this is a guy who eye gouged the late great TitoVillanova in a Classico. He has no class whatsoever. I wish I could print what I was told about his shenanigans when he was at Porto, but again, unsurprising. The guy is grim beyond words.
‘Behind the scenes, he’s very much loved’
Big deal, most of the worst people you can imagine that hold power have a charming side to them, it’s how you make it to the top.
So let’s take on the stories outside the ‘I’m going to punch him’…
Wenger had nothing to do with the tactical display against City a few years ago.
FACT: Wenger came out and said as much after the game.
“At some stage you cannot go against the feelings of the team because it’s detrimental.”
“The team sometimes needs to be reassured and reassurance comes first from feeling solid and strong, and then you can express your talent.
“Our confidence had been damaged,”
“Of course I listened to the players. Your tactics have to be aligned with the feeling of the team.
“That’s why you hear so many times ‘Let’s get back to basics’.
I’m pretty sure Giroud also came out around the game and corroborated that Wenger hadn’t done much in the week in the build-up, I can’t find the quotes.
Anyway, these stories about Arsene’s lack of tactical nous have been part of the bread and butter of this site, but also, part of our everyday Gooner lives when we head into the grounds to watch him do nothing. It’s not new. There’s a reason we’ve not made it past the last 16 of the Champions League in the last 6 years. It’s not because Wenger is a tactical genius.
Point number 2: Mourinho could have made Walcott and Chamberlain better players. I quote…
‘Mister Wenger wants Cech and he thinks about money…he is wrong!!! What I want is to f*** him…Want Cech? OK, I want (Theo) Walcott or (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain!!! Want a top goalkeeper? OK, I want a young player, s*** with you but I can make him top.’
Again, hard to argue this point. Chamberlain is a wet dream of physical attributes. He’s powerful, direct, incredibly quick over 40m… Theo Walcott, outrageously fast and good on the snap finish. Neither player has really made it under Arsene for whatever reason, both would probably do a better job at a club where the football dimness they both possess could be turned into football intellect. I’d also throw Aaron Ramsey in that pile.
Arsene Wenger is very good with certain types of players, this is not news. I’m sure Wenger would have done better things with Lukaku, Schurlle, KDB and Juan Mata (POGBA LOL). Such is life.
My biggest gripe with all these kind of unexplosive stories dropping is that they’ve been timed perfectly to disrupt our game against Chelsea. One would imagine Jose has had some allignment with the book and it’d suit him down to the ground if this ballsed up Wenger’s set up this weekend.
More to the point, this sort of salacious gutter journalism really does shine a light on certain elements of our press. Honestly, who cares about these things? I mean, we all do. But we’ll care about them for a week, then we’ll forget about them. The childish ramblings of a manager and the gossip that surrounds him is nowhere near as interesting as the story that sits behind his style. His thinking on the game. How he motivates millionaires.
If all 10 years of access landed me was a few gossipy bits about a faux thug, I’d be pretty gutted. Give me Ballague’s Pep book, or Honigstein’s Das Reboot or Quiet Leadership on Carlo.
The book might contain surprising insight, but I’m not sure the snippets leave me curious enough to part with cash to find out.
I’d rather buy Ian Wright’s book. In fact, I’m going to go and buy it now. You can too, click the picture below.
Have a great day!