Wenger nods to what he’s planning next season

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I look forward to these Europa League games way more than the grotesque monster of CL football that is basically gentrifying grassroots football.

Oh yeah, I’m telling yah guys and gals, I’m big time into Thursday night games.

But first, let’s talk about the Champions League. Spurs killed a lot of people’s nights yesterday when they spanked a Madrid team many were hailing the greatest ever only a few months ago in a 3-0 drubbing. It’s difficult to not feel a little stung by that sort of performance. Spurs are offering more in the CL this season than we have in 8 years.

I really rate Pochettino as a manager, and actually, a person going by most of Spurs past roster. He proves out what I’ve been saying for a few years… when Wenger leaves, you don’t need to hire a superstar big name. You need to find someone with a vision and a method that’s pushing the game forward. Superstars come with egos, big teams and often, ideas on the decline. We need to be the king-maker when Wenger leaves in 2029. Hire someone who can max out talent and potential. Someone who is doing a lot with a little. Someone with presence, intelligence and visionary philosophy.

Anyway, as much as I applaud the incredible job he’s doing over there with a team of players that are playing above their level… I do think he’s being champed a little hard considering he’s won absolutely zero since he’s been there. My Spurs friends have a pretty low barrier when it comes to expectations. They’re all about the marginal gains, even if it comes without trophies, but look, they’re still a small club, with small fan mentality.

… but they are outperforming us on a shoestring budget and they are about to move into a mega stadium.

It’s hard to lord it as an Arsenal fan when we have a CEO who thinks we’re the best performing team out of the elite clubs. With an owner who calls the fans rabid and gives out payrises to underperforming staff and players.

… you get the picture.

Anyway, it’s great to see the English clubs doing well in the CL. When you have the best coaches in the world, you deliver in the biggest competitions.

Pep Guardiola is now delivering. Liverpool are powering their way through their group, despite being shite. Spurs will qualify the group of death. United will be in the last 16.

All the hipster teams are going out. Atleti, Napoli, Leipzig, Monaco and Benfica are all looking nailed on to drop into the Europa League. BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE IT’S AT. Making our task that little bit harder, but I still have my chin up.

We. Can. Do. It.

So tonight, Wenger will play Jack Wilshere in a more advanced position that’s being currently blocked by Alexis and Ozil.

“In my head, he’s more a little bit higher up [the field],” said the Gunners boss. “I see him more a player who can affect the game in the final third than a player who is a box-to-box player.

“He’s a little bit in conflict in this position with Ozil and Sanchez.

“I believe he can as well play in midfield in a 4-2-3-1, he can play midfield in a 4-3-3. In the system we play, I see him a bit more advanced.”

I mean, unreal that Wenger thinks a player who has averaged 1 goal a season over 10 years is a more advanced player, but hey, welcome to next seasons internal solution I say!

Project Youth 2.0.

“I can only repeat what I personally think: I don’t know how you can keep a super-fit Jack out of the England squad. I manage him, at the moment, like every single player. Since three weeks he is treated like any other player.”

Bit worried Arsene is hawking him for the World Cup. Can’t imagine a summer of exertion is going to help him next year. But whatever, we’ll see if Jack is still with us post Jan as Wenger has deadlined him (with no leverage).

Tonight, it’ll be interesting to see who starts. I’m hoping to see Elneney and our developing 32 years old centre back Debuchy at the back, likely with Holding.

Will we see Nelson again in that wing back position? If we see Coquelin, we’ll know there’ll be no deep block on Sunday.

Anyway, I’m done talking about it. It’s all about Sunday.

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200 Responses to “Wenger nods to what he’s planning next season”

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  1. Wallace

    Marko

    “Spurs win 3-1 against Madrid and we draw 0-0 against Red Star Belgrade… hardly a debate anymore if we’re honest.”

    yeah, excellent comparison 🙂

  2. Vintage Gun

    “If only we could keep next season Ozil and Sanchez the club could then devote
    its transfer business to three areas which should be a priority.”

    We had the chance to do exactly that last season and the season before. That ship has sailed as we didn’t want to pay the boarding fee.
    And now the Island we’re standing on in is continuing to sink.

  3. Wallace

    in the second half both AM-N & Nelson looked very good. Willock, I don’t think he should be starting at this level yet. Eddie did okay, but we were hardly a chance machine last night. liked the look of Macey.

  4. Emiratesstroller

    Wallace

    As I said Nelson does have potential. However, I don’t think that Maitland-Niles is good enough for Arsenal.

    I am sure that he will/can make a career in a lower EPL or Championship team.
    He is similar calibre to likes of Afobe or Lansbury.

  5. Frankie Coffeecakes

    And Wenger is serious about another contract for Walcott? Most teams want to genuinely get better, then there’s Arsenal and it’s enigmaic manager.

    This much I know, if I were a footballer with little ambition other than to collect a paycheque for doing little, Arsenal would be an ideal place to play. Tell me I’m wrong.

  6. Emiratesstroller

    The real problem at Arsenal is that we do not show real ambition in transfer market despite Gazidis assertion last summer that we do.

    Leaving aside Spurs who have I would venture to suggest limited spending power whilst they build their stadium the club should be competing with Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea.

    The fact that we never do is down to the culture at club and both Kroenke and
    Wenger. They prefer to play it safe. The fact that Wenger tells us always how
    often we “nearly” bought Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappe tells you everything about the club and manager. The fact he does not is because the club never
    gambles when it comes to big money spends.

  7. HighburyLegend

    “The real problem at Arsenal is that we do not show real ambition in transfer market”
    That’s what you can call a scoop.
    Anything new apart that ??

  8. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Pierre – your comment regarding your participation in WWI shows only one thing that is factually true. You are an incredibly small minded individual.

    Did it even occur to you that there may be some who post who actually lost family in those very trenches you joke about? You tell others to show you some respect? Take your own advice you incredibly foolish child. Honestly, you bring absolutely no value to any discussion. Take some time away and develop your brain, you are an embarrassment.

  9. Frankie Coffeecakes

    @Emirates – “Actually I do think that there is a young prospect Nelson who is a winger. What he is not is a wing back.”

    And there in lies the ever consistent problem, Wenger’s insistence on putting a square peg in a round hole. How many careers must stagnate or die before Wenger finally gets it right?

  10. Buckhurst Gun

    So Don ,

    What’s your actual point regarding the young black players , tell me the exact differences that you think exist in today’s football between black and white players and how the colour of your skin determines what kind of footballer you are

  11. HighburyLegend

    I don’t know for the players, but concerning the managers, the more I look at wenger, the more I find his face is becoming a bit yellow… Probably due to his age.

  12. Samesong

    Leaders? When was the last time Arsenal had a proper leader? I’m not talking leading by play but that will ruffle a few feathers in the changing room.

  13. ArseneisaFraud

    Samesong

    This will never happen. AW will not tolerate anyone who will challenge him. That is why we do not have any real leaders on the pitch.

    You may say that we have Alexis… but if you recall, the PR team (stemming from AW?) attempted to slander him as being disruptive in the dressing room last season. That obviously stopped when they realised how important Alexis was/ is to the team.

  14. Leedsgunner

    Based on his performance I doubt we could get £20m for Walcott now, even accounting for the so-called English premium.

    Oh well, I suppose we DID get £35m for Oxlade though, still laughing over that one.

    I wonder if Everton will take him though? To complement all the no 10 players in their squad… lol… what do you say Goodison?

  15. Samesong

    ArseneisaFraudNovember 3, 2017 11:15:16

    That’s exactly my point. Don mentioned where are these leaders?

    So what if these black players have come from council estates? it goes to show they have worked hard to get where they are.

  16. Samesong

    Not many people know this but John Terry used to be a midfielder starting off, a pretty good one. He would of learned to read the game from early.

  17. N5

    “Eddie did okay, but we were hardly a chance machine last night.”

    And yet he’s already been offered a 5 year deak at £45K!!

    “Ol Arsene Wenger’s magic”.

  18. Wallace

    ES

    “As I said Nelson does have potential. However, I don’t think that Maitland-Niles is good enough for Arsenal.”

    he just needs a game in his actual f*ckin’ position 🙂 a right footed CM asked to play at LWB is never going to light the place up. I think he’s got a great chance of making it at Arsenal.

  19. Wallace

    N5

    “And yet he’s already been offered a 5 year deak at £45K!!”

    where’d you get 45k from? it’s 15k, isn’t it?

  20. N5

    “where’d you get 45k from? it’s 15k, isn’t it?”

    Is it? It was being touted at 45K on here the other day. I must admit I didn’t look it up, I was just believing the link shared Monday (I believe it was). 15K isn’t a worry at all if that’s the case.

  21. Jim Lahey

    @N5 –

    “15K isn’t a worry at all if that’s the case”

    Whats that, about £400k a year after tax… not bad for an uneducated teenager!

  22. Jim Lahey

    @Leedsgunner –

    Beyond sad to see what happened to him, best footballer I have seen at the club since Bergkamp. (Cesc maybe…. )

  23. Jim Lahey

    @Leedsgunner –

    Having him stay on as a coach for the kids would be fantastic, the way he plays football should be the standard we set for the kids at Arsenal.

  24. Dissenter

    Our problem is not ruthlessness in the transfer market.
    Our problem us that we don’t have a plan. We don’t have a vision of what we are tying to do. We keep deadwood players out of sentiments

    Wenger is just making it up as we go along.
    Wenger is working 99% of the time, doing the same BS mistakes over and over again.

  25. N5

    “Whats that, about £400k a year after tax… not bad for an uneducated teenager!”

    Ohhhh to be young, gifted and black!! 😀

  26. Leedsgunner

    “Whats that, about £400k a year after tax… not bad for an uneducated teenager!”

    … or in other words the most valuable brace in League Cup history. 😉 Nothing but a reward from Wenger to Nketiah for saving him embarrassment. I’m not saying he won’t come good but honestly?

    Perspective anyone?

    Wenger wildly overspends on teenagers but pleads poverty on established stars like Sanchez… no wonder Alexis is pissed off. He must feel completely disrespected by Arsene.

  27. Leedsgunner

    “Beyond sad to see what happened to him, best footballer I have seen at the club since Bergkamp. (Cesc maybe…. )”

    High praise indeed Jim!

    Personally I would say at his prime he reminded me very much of Tomas Rosicky more than anyone else. 😉

  28. Dissenter

    Leeds
    I’ve been referencing that article from Marca all day.
    Footballers have expiry dates; Cazorla’s is past due.

    These young man have made enough to live on and besides there are opportunities for other careers in football.
    I don’t get the sentimentality.
    SANTI IS DONE. He shouldn’t even be in the transfer equation anymore.
    Fans should stop waiting for his return. He’s done.

    The Achilles’ tendon is the trigger of the foot, in locomotive terms. He can’t operate on the big stage anymore.

  29. N5

    Leeds it’s still silly money I agree, but compared to the 5 years at 45K I read the other day this is much more bareable.

    Fully agree with you though.

  30. Jim Lahey

    @Leeds –

    “High praise indeed Jim!”

    Best footballer! Not necessarily the best player!

    But as a pure footballer I can’t think of another that has come close!

    “Personally I would say at his prime he reminded me very much of Tomas Rosicky more than anyone else. ”

    Because of the injuries?!? ha!

    We have been lucky to have seen so many great footballers over the last 20 years at Arsenal.

  31. Dissenter

    Wenger’s romantic notions of the game is killling th is club.
    His sentimental attachment to his players has reduced our momentum as a club to a trickle. I guess you’re not keen on starting again when you’re 68 y/o and 21 years at your job.

    We are going to go into the well worn motions; Santi plays reserve team football——Santi gets one year extension—-Santi breaks down routine.
    All the while Spuds are promoting gifted 18 year old and coaching them properly.

  32. Jim Lahey

    Another player I loved to watch was Andrey Arshavin, the guy got slated by fans but I would gladly take a 27 year old Arshavin over Ozil to play that No.10 role.

  33. Jim Lahey

    @N5 –

    I think a lot of it was due to Wenger playing him on the wing, I don’t think he was built to slog it up and down the left hand side for 90 minutes. He was a No.10 great vision for a pass and great with the ball at his feet!

    I feel the same can be said for Nasri too, probably much more comfortable in the middle than out on the wing.

  34. N5

    Do you remember AAs, one man show against Liverpool that day!!! what a player he could be.

    I agree he didn’t have the motor to play on the wing!! Fucking Wonga.

  35. arsene's used sock

    … I don’t get it what is everyone attacking Don for?
    ask the academy scouts why we’re only getting black players with more or less copy pasted skillets and deficiencies to boot.
    Don is asking why these players all have the same skillset and mindset, not why they’re all black, get off the racism high horse when it’s not the bloody topic.

  36. Jim Lahey

    @N5 –

    “Do you remember AAs, one man show against Liverpool that day!!! what a player he could be.”

    I remember it like it was yesterday! I was at a fellow Arsenal fans house in Dublin with a bunch of Liverpool fans! The defending that day was nothing short of shocking! The draw even though at Anfield felt like a loss when the final whistle went!

  37. N5

    AUS, I agree mate. It’s not racist it’s fact. You only have to look at our historical LBs to see Wenger has a type. Cole – Clichy – Gibbs. Obviously the quality difference was vast but the body shape, size etc was identical.

    Wenger does like a copy/paste. It’s not racist to point that out. It’s racist if he wasn’t playing black players.

  38. N5

    Oh I know Jim, we got robbed, but one of his goals I think he took it past 9 players or something silly before scoring!! he was amazing at times. He was so tiny in size but massive for the team when played in the right place.

    Why Wenger continues his square peg, round hole mentality still to this day without challenge is beyond me!!

  39. Jim Lahey

    @N5 –

    “Why Wenger continues his square peg, round hole mentality still to this day without challenge is beyond me!!”

    I wonder if it is an odd form of punishment? If you speak out against Arsene you find yourself playing out of position or not playing at all..

    Or is it because he once turned Henry from a winger to a striker and thinks he can repeat it with any player he wants?

    I mean … even now there is some odd odd positional choices going on in the club.

  40. N5

    I think you hit the nail on the head Jim. He’s trying to replicate the whole Henry thing. He wants to be considered a genuis of football, but it’s just making him look like a mad man.

  41. Jim Lahey

    @N5 –

    “but it’s just making him look like a mad man.”

    This and a myriad of other things are making look like a mad man ha!

    NEW POST btw…

  42. Don

    I’m not concerned with their skin colour.
    If you have a diverse group of players coming through but we aren’t
    It’s all tricky young black lads.
    I don’t feel there is a difference in white or black players but we have a dearth of players of any cooour or creed in every other position.
    Why? Why is that only skinny, tricky, black wingers/attackers are coming though
    Where are the Campbell’s and the Ince’s or the ferdinands and the wrights?
    Where are the gerrards and the terrys and the scholes’
    It’s just one type of player with one type of skill set. I just think it’s strange that it’s mostly black lads in a predominantly white country. Where are the white tricky wingers/attackers? It just seems odd