If you’re wondering what sort of a day I’m having, right now, I’m furious I bought the sweet potato flavoured Popchips, versus the super hot ones. What sort of sick bastard invents a potato flavoured crisp? Obscene. It’s like American soda drinks that brag about having natural sugar… so you buy thinking it’s healthy. LIES.
What else is not good? Telegraph journalist leaks story of board fearing Wenger departure then drops a story that Wenger is being offered £30m to manage a Chinese club, unnamed of course, PLUS the pearler that Wenger would prefer Madrid.
HAVE YOU EVER PAID ATTENTION TO MADRID AND HOW THEY OPERATE.
Wenger would last 16 seconds over there, plus, he wouldn’t get hired. Anyone who thinks Madrid would risk hiring an old manager with ZERO CL success is deluded. I’m reading Carlo A’s book, Madrid is an absolute circus of interference. PSG? Just as brutal. They told him if he failed to win a game, they’d move him on.
Anyway, you know what this is all about. The circle of access people. You know how it works. You give Mark G an embarrassingly transparent article, he’ll give you a Per Mertesacker ‘we must do better / Wenger birthed me’ exclusive after a CL spanking.
Anyway, onto more important things. There’s a protest being held before the Bayern game and I am ABSOLUTELY behind it. If you’re the sort of fan whinging about others doing something about the dull malaise at the club, total respect for you, but keep you snarky £14 salt beef sandwich comments to yourself.
‘I want change, but on his terms’
Bless, what a wonderful notion. But this isn’t an episode of The Brady Bunch. This is sport and that’s built on continuous improvement and competition.
If the fans don’t make it abundantly clear they want Wenger out… and lord himself doesn’t hear it… then there is absolutely no chance of change. If you love the club, if you’re bored of having the only manager in Europe who marks his own score card, if you think it’s really uncool that we’re gifting £8.5m a year to a man who is beyond traditional performance KPIs, you should join the protest.
We get the manager we deserve. At the moment, we deserve an Arsene Wenger because we’re as weak as the board and CEO we bemoan every week. Take action. Prevent the forever contract being signed. Move him on by letting it be clear he is no longer the acceptable face of Arsenal football club.
It’s not even a radical notion anymore. Just do it. Click the Online Gooner link here -> LINK
There’s been some other interesting moves happening behind the scenes. Jonker has quit the youth team to take on a relegation battle with Wolfsburg, with none other than Freddie Ljungberg. I’d heard a mixed bag about him. Some say he was a positive change agent at the club, others had told me he was an egomaniac with his eye on the grand prize when Wenger goes.
The other bit of news is that there are rumours the mysterious Dick Law might be moving on. I’m not sure how reliable the sources are that push this sort of thing, but it’s rolled out from a circle of access journo. The guy is probably most famed for snapping up Gilberto back in the day and maybe not so famed for messing up the Suarez deal when he combined in a slick one-two with Ivan to make a £40m + £1 bid. One of the interesting things about that debacle is that fans still think that was a smart move because that’s what the clause said.
WRONG. The clause was a goodwill clause. We really messed that up, weak due diligence. Missed out on arguably one of the greatest strikers in Europe of the last 10 years.
Anyway, I’m not sure why this is interesting. It could be the empire crumbling with Wenger. It could be a very successful man packing it in because he wants his life back. It could be Arsenal gearing up for a more well connected DoF. Zorc, Rangnick, and Monchi would all be hot on my list. But look, we read into these things what we like… I’d still be utterly shocked if a man of Wenger’s ego and self-importance ducked out of Arsenal right now.
I personally think if Ivan doesn’t know the decision by now, we’re heading into very dangerous territory. If Wenger truly is going to drop the mic and he does it based on where he finishes the season, it’ll be absolute carnage trying to hire late on. My fear if that happens is we’ll opt for something horrible… a safe pair of hands like Rafa Benitez or Ronald Koeman. I’d rather stick with Wenger than opt for something equally as bland and unlikely to succeed as those two.
Good news is that Liverpool played right into the Arsenal top 4 tradition we know arrives at this point of the season as teams around us collapse. They shipped three goals to newly managed Leicester. I’m not sure I’m totally buying us breezing the top 4 yet, mainly because the narrative of ‘Dare to Zlatan’is starting to amp up and I kind of feel like Pep G will find his feet during the run in.
But look, if we go to Anfield and turn them over, we might be able to pull a cheeky run together and nestle ourselves where we always do… elite mediocrity.
We shall see.
Catch you in the comments. PROTEST PROTEST PROTEST and make sure you stay woke and are alert to those who feed you rubbish because they think YOU are THICK and can’t see past the FAKE NEWS!