So it happened, Arsene buried Ronald Koeman’s career with a chokeslam from the top rope. Why does that matter to you? Because you just know that the Dutchman would be there sniffing around the Arsenal job if Wenger ever decides to leave.
‘A safe pair of hands’
‘Has managed in Spain, Holland, and the Premier League’
‘Knows the PASHUN’
Disaster Hires: Howe / Koeman
Safe Hands: Allegri / Simeone
Exciting Wildcards: Sarri / Tuchel / Sampaoli
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) February 16, 2017
I took a hit on Le Grove from the readers when I suggested he was a dinosaur, but it proved out. Boring training, arrogant persona, and a bit of an old-school mentality saw him well and truly found out.
Interesting part of this story is first it shows how well Southampton run as a club. When our T-rexmegasaur leaves for pastures new, you wouldn’t go amiss looking at the fine work Les Reed does over there, and either hire him or innovate on his approach. It also shows you how ruthless the game is now and it gave a taste of what we could have expected under Usmanov if he’d been our sugar daddy versus Stan ‘I CAN’T QUIT YOU’ Kroenke
Manager isn’t cutting it after 10 games with a summer spend £140m > BOOM. He’s gone.
Even Everton are more ruthless than Arsenal.
There are fans out there crowing that Arsene has seen of another manager a lot of fans really liked, but the real story isn’t that he’s seen off a manager, it’s that he the last manager in the world football who can’t be sacked. It’s also a sorry old story when a manager as average as Koeman is seen as a better option than Wenger.
What Everton are doing is normal in an era where club owners want instant success. Is this approach perfect? No. Should managers be given more time? Probably. Has this approach stopped major clubs winning major trophies? No.
You can’t use Arsenal’s stability as anything other than a textbook way of how not to win things in the modern era. Players need progress as much as the fans and owners. Ronald Koeman was boring, and you could see that in the way the players responded to him on the pitch.
Olivier Giroud won the Puskas award for his absolute hero of a goal last season. It just goes to show, you can’t beat Arsenal fans in an online poll.
DAMN OLIVIER, THAT WAS UNREAL!
We play Norwich in the League Cup this evening. If you thought it was going to be a run out for the kids you’d be WRONG. Wenger wants some of his big guns to play, you would suspect because if he can land a cup treble of blandness this season, he’d get another two-year deal (FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League made famous by Liverpool)
“I always used [the EFL Cup] to give a chance to young boys. We went to the final with a very young team and nearly won it,” he added.
“I always focus on winning trophies in the Premier League and FA Cup domestically, and always used the League Cup as an education for our young players.
“But with this team I have the squad to go further, so let’s see. Let’s focus on winning the match against Norwich and then we’ll see where we will go.”
If he wants to win the kids cup, fine. I just worry that he’ll break important players chasing something that’s really not worth it if we’re in with a chance of pushing for top 4. We’ll see though, I think he’ll use it for fringe first-teamers, rather than throwing Ramsey and Ozil into the mix.
Finally, The AST are planning ahead for more of Wenger in the future, their ask? That the club sort that before the end of next season.
“Arsene Wenger himself admitted that the uncertainty around his contract situation was highly disruptive to the team’s end of season performances. What has the board learnt from the way this was handled and will a decision on the manager’s future be taken any earlier than May 2019 in a bid to avoid more confusion?”
You just know he’s here for another decade and it’s painfully hateful.
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