Arsene Wenger sounds like he’s on the farewell tour this season. He’s constantly talking about his legacy, being reminded of the past by journos and the club don’t appear to be too fussed about the stories floating around about replacement managers… namely, Eddie Howe.
The main man had this to say…
‘I like to think that the club today is at a different level to when I arrived and as well, when I leave, that I leave a good team with a strong financial resources and good structures at the club.’
It is true that he’ll leave the club in good financial shape. I’m not sure he exactly took over a club in a state of disarray. He had the core of an exceptional team that had won trophies in the past. His genius was in making alcoholics stop boozing, giving the players the money they deserve, raiding that French market like a bandit in an empty bank and winning some major damn honours.
He also did a terrific job moving us into a new stadium with top 4 status for all the years. Wenger had more…
‘My pride [would be] to see somebody come in and do better. At least he is in a position to do better. It is important I think for the legacy.
‘For me the club is also about identity and values. The values are carried here by the manager because I have stayed here for a long time.’
You always secretly wonder how much people mean that last sentence…
‘Guys, when I leave, I want the place to burn. Burn to the ground. I want to see women and children crying. Crying for Arsene to come back’
… is not what he’d ever say. But come on, look at Siralexferguson… he could not wait to replace himself with the most frightened ill prepared manager to grace Manchester United in modern times.
Hopefully Wenger has his sights set on a better exit strategy. One that doesn’t involve a mega risk of a manager. One that involves someone who can carry on his legacy, build on it with trophies and exciting football and make Arsenal a mega name on the most competitive European stage of all time.
Yesterday was the 50th birthday of Mr Arsenal, Tony Adams. Some questions online about whether he’s our greatest ever defender. No doubt in my mind, a total hero. He won trophies, fans hearts, he hit rock bottom, fought back and you could always count on him to put in a towering performance.
What a player. What a man.
That goal he scored against Everton, with the Steve Bould assist!
‘WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT!’
Sends shivers down my spine to think about it… one of the greatest moments I can remember!
Here you go, happy Tuesday! See you tomorrow x