Manager’s ivory towers crumbling? | Minnows show Wenger & Ivan how it’s done, again

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London / New York, I’m sunning myself in a spicy 21 degree California heat. What’s going on in your miserable little world?

Oh, I see. Poor you. Pop another layer on.

Anyway, absolute banter in the CL last night. Mr Allegri – Arsenal fan favourite and style icon – smashed Porto to make the QF again. Let’s see how he does against a good team in the next round, his Juve certainly look competitive at the moment.

The shock of the evening went to Leicester as they hustled Sevilla out of the CL with a very impressive win at the KP stadium. Unreal achievement. Even more hilarious, because that tubby little turd Samir Nasri disappointed on the big stage again – he was lured into a headbutt on Jamie ‘chat shit, get banged’ Vardy – wonderful. Couldn’t have happened to a nastier imp.

Sampaoli will be disappointed. He’s managing 3 times in a row Spursday League champions, playing the most exciting football in Europe this year, and yet he still succumbed to a team that’s been on its arse. Just goes to show, you can hate the quality of the Prem all you like, but our teams don’t play for critical acclaim. If there’s a way of the doing the job but it’s a bit grubby, you can bet your bottom pound note the English will fight to make it happen. We’ll also revel in it, because we’re bastards.

‘Bringing your pony free-flowing transitions to Leicester? Fock off!’

Additional banter points in order for Arsene Wenger who said Leicester would struggle in the CL this season. The Premier League champions have gone further in the CL than we have in the last 7 attempts. Let that bed in.

Just to pour lemon vinegar into Arsene’s paper cut of a season, Leicester City’s board, for the second time in 2.5 years, have proved that sometimes it’s right to sack a legend. They operate on a zero sentimentality agenda. Pearson, the hero that promoted them, gone after he nearly relegated them. Ranieri, 6 months after the greatest fairytale ever, gone when the team gave up on him.

Their formula seems to be:

> What is right for business?

> What is right for the team?

> How quickly can we do it?

Amazing work, and again, shows how our press are implicated in the Wenger issue. I swear, only in England do journalists take a moral high ground on underperforming managers getting the boot. Claudio was sacked for failing to win a game in 2017, and what happened after? A huge up-tick in morale, fight and results.

So funny watching Arsenal fans bleating on that you can’t compare Leicester to Arsenal. Same folk have been comparing our wage bill and net spend to anyone who so much as sneezes a £30m signing for 10 years.

This result absolutely highlights the failings of Arsene and it is certainly relevant that fans call it out. Especially in this current climate of ‘will he / won’t he.’ Those that are educated and up to speed with what proper football management looks like need to remind those ‘One Arsene Wenger’ Tourette’s masochists that they need to stay focused. Gunnersaurus scoring a penalty before the next game isn’t a sign. It doesn’t matter if Wenger spent 1.5 hours drinking chai latte chatting conspiracy theories with the Cowley brothers. A win at WBA won’t be ‘season on.’

  • Our manager has proven out all mitigating safe spaces he hid in and it turns out he’s elite average whatever you give him. Irony being the injection of money hasn’t taken us up a level, it’s merely stemmed the average leakage
  • He is the worst manager in the elite echelons of the game (CL last 16)
  • Against any barometer, be it sporting, or business, he is not good for the club. Unless you think falling over £100m behind United is good business sense… or you think not winning a major trophy in 13 years is good for morale.

I do wonder what he’ll say about Leicester?

‘Arsenal were the 3rd best team from England in the CL this season’

‘Arsenal fans wanted Sampaoli, the guy is a shithouse. How many top 4s has he had in his life?’

‘I have a magic formula that I’ll tell you about some day’

Onto exciting Arsenal stuff, I forgot to mention that we drew City in the semi-final. I think that’s the best draw for us. Pep G is all about attack, attack, attack. When it goes well, it’s hard to compete with, when it doesn’t go well, and John Stones shits the bed, anyone has a chance!

Sad thing is, after the draw, I had so many people messaging in saying…

‘I can take losing to City. It won’t hurt that bad’

The depths we’ve sunk to under Wenger. Weighing up a semi-final made up of 4 sides in the top 5 and we’re eyeing up the option that’ll make us feel the least bad if we lose. Real flatulent times. It’ll be interesting to see what Pep can do with that City side in a cup semi. Gut feel says we’ll look good for 30 minutes playing a hard press, then we’ll concede, then it’ll be over.

At least it’ll be an interesting spectacle. We’ve had a light load up until now. It’s big guns all the way if we want to win!

In other news, there are HOT rumours that Boro Primorac of – ‘what does he do’ variety – could be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season.

Why is this tantalising? Well, he’ part of the establishment elite at Arsenal. He, along with Gerry Peyton, Tony Colbert and Steve Rowley are all waaaaaaay past their best. The only reason they’re there is to say yes and to protect Arsene Wenger.

If you map that against Dick Law leaving the club, well, you have a story developing.

The club aren’t going to let Wenger control the replacement hire, because that’d be like letting exWall Street execs sit in your Whitehouse. They’ll have to make something happen, but who could they sign that’d be Wenger’s wet blanket? Bar Bobby Pires or Martin Keown?

So is this another chance for a Wenger power play? Or does this point to the real narrative we’re all praying is happening behind the scenes? Are we going to lose Wenger and hit up a sporting director / new manager combo?

Could be a seriously wild summer if that’s the case. I think we’ll need to see us drop out the FA Cup and the top 4 for that to definitely happen. Which isn’t unrealistic this season. So let’s keep and eye out for how this develops.

My big fear is that there is no plan. That the board are waiting to see how bad it gets and the manager is doing the same. That’d be savage news for everyone, which is why someone needs to make a decision ASAP so we can all make next steps.

The club, with personnel.

The fans, mentally.

Me, with my maker (the old man is a #WengerOut, he’ll get it).

Right, see you in the comments.


230 Responses to “Manager’s ivory towers crumbling? | Minnows show Wenger & Ivan how it’s done, again”

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  1. Cesc Appeal

    Mendy is so good going forward, whips in a great cross as well.

    Mbappe is going to be something special, his movement and touch away from the defender before that Caballero save, really great.

  2. BillikenGooner

    Monaco showing everyone what a real attacking team looks like. If you are going to give up goals, score shed loads yourself.

  3. Danish Gooner

    This is the third time i say this,we can not afford to lose out on Kylian Mpappe Lottin,if we have to spend 60 mil or more to get him we must.Just hope he wants to join.

  4. Bamford10

    Monaco dominating first 20 minutes. Great attacking football. Jardim 1000x over Wenger, whatever his weaknesses.

  5. Bamford10

    Monaco are a great combination collectively of pace, technical ability and passing. Front to back, back to front.

  6. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Two teams have shown wenger what can be done with the cores to structure
    Of employing youth an finding gems in lower leagues

    Leicester an Monaco

    He had a lot to learn anytime had run out for him …

  7. Bamford10

    Sorry, I meant pace, technical ability and athleticism.

    Great football team. Some of the most enjoyable football I’ve seen in some time.

  8. izzo

    LOL I am Nostradamus. I said they could do it. Man City are out. Now those giving excuses of them not giving a crap about the FAC because they’ll be in the CL duties will think twice. Who was it saying Man City wold take the FAC seriously? Ishola? Loyika?

  9. Dissenter

    Why on earth would Mbape come to us and waste his goddam career?
    The kid is being developed for Real Madrid or PSG.
    Get real people.

  10. Jeff

    Man City completely overrun, outplayed and shell shocked in the first half as they find themselves 2 down. I don’t know what Pep will do in the half time team talk to turn this over. Failing that it’s goodnight City.

  11. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Groove I know…

    But any up n coming kidbwould never join up with the fish n chip paper man ….he is yesterday man wenger …
    All this spin now that borough is leaving wenger sweeping the broom is bollocks …

  12. Dissenter

    I can’t imagine that City wont score two goals
    City will still go through in my humble opinion
    I am no Nostradamus

  13. Dream10

    Tommy Lemar and Silva work really hard off the ball. City have been abject though. KdB losing the ball in key areas and Sterling, Sané can’t get into game.
    Touré needed soon

  14. Ces1ne

    One of the most overlooked positives about wenger leaving is that we won’t have to see 1 of those ridiculous long catipilar zip-ups that clown wears on the touchline & the ensuing zipper problems he has. I know his old bones are cold, but have some style & self respect. Now if we could only get Puma to stop making the tightest spandex like tops in the world for our players……

  15. izzo

    Monaco should attack and score one more and then they can sit back. The way they’re going City could score.

  16. Samir

    It’s sad really considering only Sanchez and Koss would get into the Monaco team. What a great and young squad Jardim has put together. Top manager.

  17. WestLondonGoon

    David Silva has been pretty poor tonight, almost Ramseyesque in performance. Seville have died now.

  18. izzo

    The inexperience and naivety is telling in this Monaco team. They should’ve put the game to bed instead they sat back from the get go. Dumb move when you’re playing a City.

  19. Dissenter

    Guardiola’s biggest mistake was sending Joe Hart away. That was pig headed and it’s biting him in the arse.

  20. WestLondonGoon

    At least pretty much the whole country will be behind our last team left in.

    Not surprised City went out though, Pep has only managed 100 CL games.

  21. karim

    Wow, can’t say I was too confident when Sane scored, Monaco were a bit lucky at the end of the day.

    What a great tie !

  22. Ishola70

    “Bad news for us that Man C are out, top 4 and FA Cup will be easier for them now.”


  23. Cesc Appeal

    Impressed with Lemar as well, Bernardo Silva looks a real talent (though tired in both games in the second half), but Lemar does the dirty side of the game as well and seems quite strong for a more creative type.

  24. Samir

    Mbappe will be off to Madrid, for sure.
    Been a childhood Madrid fan and Ronaldo is getting old. Perfect fit.

    Mendy and Fabinho should be on our radar though. Just what we need.

  25. peanuts&monkeys

    Sanchez was smirking. Yes, he was. And, why NOT? Arsenal is reduced to laughing stock to the entire world. Sanchez must have laughed out aloud and shown to the entire world what a mockery in the name of football management, Wenger is doing.

  26. peanuts&monkeys

    There is a certain and evident let-up in the ‘sack wenger’ campaign by Arsenal fans. That can lead to the cunt’s signing the extension and our losing Sanchez. Can’t afford. What about a home-game boycott???

  27. peanuts&monkeys

    And even within PL, arsenal is the biggest fugking joke. The captain of the clowns managing it is motherfugkin Wenger. Kroenke is the circus owner. The stupid crowd in that circus are those cheer with their season tickets and go to emirates to encourage mediocrity.

  28. reality check

    Lets be honest. Pep went out there today with, not one but TWO old Rejected / defected Arsene Wenger Full backs..

  29. Rambo Ramsey

    Guardiola is so overrated. Anyone can win the CL with Barca. No surprise after he left Barca, its been failure after failure.

    Pellegrini took City further in the CL last season LOL

  30. peanuts&monkeys

    reality checkMarch 16, 2017    02:44:01

    Not rejected. They were sold by wenger for money. Money money. Money that Kroenke and Wnger need. And, these two full-backs went on to become champion’s of England and Europe too. So, shut the fuck up!

  31. TheBlaster

    I’m not going to stick up for our ejection performances against Bayern, but comparing us to Leicester isn’t fair. I don’t know if it was due to seeding, but they have had the easiest group and draw of English teams by a country mile. As if UEFA wanted to keep their dream alive.

  32. PhD07

    TheBlasterMarch 16, 2017 04:25:19
    I’m not going to stick up for our ejection performances against Bayern, but comparing us to Leicester isn’t fair. I don’t know if it was due to seeding, but they have had the easiest group and draw of English teams by a country mile. As if UEFA wanted to keep their dream alive.


    How do you explain away our past performance in the CL over a 20 year period?

    I’m sure UEFA have been kind to us at some point,over two decades..

    I guess UEFA have it in for us.. 🙂

  33. Wallace

    would love to see Monaco win it. before the team’s gutted by Europe’s big guns. remind me a little of van Gaal’s Ajax side.

  34. Vintage Gun

    “I really still don’t see the hype with Sterling … all huff and very little puff ”

    20 assists and 9 goals thus far this season mate. Dont let the Scouse pundits fool you mate. His stats are up there with practically any wide player in the World this season.

  35. Welbecchio

    Any chance of getting mbappe? Would be perfect in our set up with that movement.

    Monaco so impressive cos they move the ball so quick, are very direct and always play with a good tempo. That 1st half was better than they produced in Manchester, city didn’t get a kick.

  36. Welbecchio


    Don’t sin bin me again today for nothing. I get plenty of abuse but don’t complain and I frankly don’t care.

    But you have certain posters calling for bans on a daily basis which is unnecessary when they’re hostile and the most militant, not towards AKBs (they don’t exist anymore) but to people who choose not be negative in every post and shit on the club at every opportunity.

  37. Wallace

    Barcelona, R Madrid, A Madrid, B Munich, B Dortmund, Juventus, Monaco, Leiceter….

    don’t think any of the Spanish sides are as good as they were 2/3 years ago. Munich impressed with the way they were able to raise their game after some dodgy performances in the Bundesliga. same with BVB….if Monaco are able to keep playing with the sort of freedom they showed in both games against City they’ve got a very good chance.

  38. Vintage Gun

    If i was Monaco i’d be hoping to avoid Athletico, Juve and Bayern.

    The rest i’d be game for due to their more open expansive style of play.

  39. Samesong


    Don’t sin bin me again today for nothing. I get plenty of abuse but don’t complain and I frankly don’t care.

    Maybe not be so aggressive in your posts then. You seem quite articulate. It’s comes across like your talking at Pedro rather than talking to him in the above. If you don’t abuse others you will not get abused back it’s as simple as that.

  40. Samesong


    In my opinion Real Madrid v Monaco final would be tasty but I would think Real would win that game.

  41. Black Hei


    To be fair, Bamford started the whole thing.

    And then it became like a combustible Li-ION battery.

    Just 2 sore guys (and understandably so) kicking one another on the internet. Which is a good thing since keyboard kickboxing doesn’t really add to physical injuries.

    I say, let them build and blow their steam here. One day, they will grow out of it and have a beer together.

  42. Samesong

    Black hei

    Maybe he did. But I don’t read Bamford posts as aggressive ever maybe stupid and quite comical at times. I Don’t have nothing against none of them by the way.

    But yes agree generally with your last paragraph.

  43. Thanos

    We had the chance to sign Mbappe last season but wenger said he was too expensive. Well tripple that now. Jardim would be one of the managers that I would love at arsenal so raw in attack and those kids in midfield are dynamic bakayoko in particular wow