I am having a bloody great week when it comes to Arsene Wenger. Yesterday he was putting the feelers out for a possible international job, today it became apparent why.
The board are making him… accountable.
“I said I will sit down with the board at the end of every season and see where we go from there – so that’s not exactly the same.”
Say what Mr Wenger?
“That’s as well sometimes you know, you make a sentence and people turn it the way they would like to see it.
“That’s what I said – I have a two-year contract, I will always try to go to the end of my contract but always have the honesty to sit down with the board and see where we go from there. So that’s quite simple.”
That kind of sounds like a review?
I mean, I will literally read hard into anything when it comes to Wenger leaving. This sounds interesting because it’s almost like a compromise. A little bonus ball for Ivan after having his backside spanked in front of all his CEO friends in the summer. I’d say it wasn’t relevant normally, but the fact he was hawking his international ambitions in the press yesterday adds interesting intrigue to the comments today.
Could Project Forever be coming to a close if he really drops a horror show this season?
Factor in Stan K being very excited about how his LA GRIDIRON team are doing after a major gamble on a young visionary coach… well, the stage could be set for a Thierry Henry / Arteta summer 2018 combo.
I’d be down with that. I mean, providing they padded the backroom team out with some hardened experience.
I AM SALIVATING AT MY DESK HOW GROSS
Anyway, Spurs… I am very excited about the game. The chance to take Pochettino down a peg or two is tantalising. This is such a typical Wenger moment to shine. The press are all whacking skippy over a foreign manager giving life to the England team, without paying attention to the facts… he’s not won a trophy. Unless the ‘we nearly did it’ cup is back in the running?
It’s going to be interesting to see how Wenger sets up his central midfield at the weekend. Is the stage set for Jack Wilshere? An unflattering stat in The Telegraph points out that Xhaka has given the ball away more times than any player in the league this season with 150 stray balls. Weird, because he’s also made the 3rd most completed passes at the same time. Also weird that he’s been responsible for a lot of errors that have led to goals.
Does Wenger cut his losses and give Jack a run against a team he hates, or does he plug away with the Swissman and hope he comes good against the most hardworking team in the league?
I know where my money would be…
Right, recording a podcast later to preview the NLD. Let me us know if you have any questions you’d like answered!
P.S. LOL at Italy not making the World Cup, and SHAME on Zlatan making it about himself. Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter how much football heritage you have, sometimes you land a duff crop of players. Amusing some their fans are calling for a limit on foreign players… how very English.