Catalyst for change: Ivan Gazidis drops hero signing?

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The face you pull when you look at Arsenal's transfer of the last 5 years

The face you pull when you look at Arsenal’s transfer of the last 5 years

I can’t lie to you people, this international break has rejuvenated me. I’ve forgotten how Arsenal’s form has been panning out and I’m starting to feel very excited the club is finally thinking about behaving like a modern superpower.

The club is carving out some of the average backroom staff. Steve Rowley, a man who has staved off the knackers yard because of his tight relationship with Wenger is being pushed out. I can’t tell you how average the reviews are of this man. A progress blocker and clearly, quite an average talent scout these days. Rumours that he’s going to take the club to court are hilarious.

‘Your honour, before this debacle is allowed to proceed any further, may I present the following items of evidence.

  • Gervinho.
  • Park Chu-Young
  • Amaury Bischoff.

‘Case dismissed’

I’ll dig you out some of the players he’s passed on for not being ‘Arsenal quality’ and you’ll want to cry. This is finally, the downfall of a miserable regime. You’ll realise when it all falls apart what a crock of shite we’ve been served over the past few years. All the stories will creep out the woodwork.

Anyway, Sven Mislintat is the latest exciting name to be linked to Arsenal.

The Chief Dortmund Scout is being lined up to replace Steve Rowley. This is REALLY exciting and should be welcomed. It’s the first backroom name I’ve been excited about since Jens Lehmann or Shad Forsythe. The German made his name bringing in names like Auba, Kagawa and Lewandowski.

This section of ESPN’S Stephan Uersfeld is music to my ears.

All the while, Mislintat worked his way through the ranks at Dortmund. He was handed more power before being made the club’s head of professional football with a contract through to 2021 amid a power struggle with then-head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Both had fallen out just over six months into Tuchel’s two-year reign at Dortmund, clashing over the transfer of Atletico Madrid’s Oliver Torres. As Mislintat was banished from the club’s training grounds, he continued to do his work from the club’s headquarters just a few hundred metres away from the Westfalenstadion, continuing work on transfers of the likes of Dembele.

Mislintat’s legacy at Dortmund is incredible. He has had his say in the signings of Mats Hummels, Jakub Blaszyczkowski, Neven Subotic, Sven Bender and Lewandowski, all of them forming the core for BVB’s golden generation that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reached the 2013 Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp. In recent years, he not only worked on the Dembele deal, which made a massive profit when he was sold to Barcelona for €105m this summer, but also helped BVB land Aubemayang and Raphael Guerreiro.

Now, you know how much I love Thomas Tuchel. To read that this guy is more valued than him is truly amazing.

He’s a massive advocate of smart technology. He’s an adept video analyst, supporting Klopp from the stands with half-time video edits to show his team. He’s also known as Diamond Eye because he finds DIAMOND PLAYERS FAM.

I’ve been saying for years we should be plucking names from clubs doing great things with very little. This is the perfect example of that in play (if true). He goes where the value is. That could be Japan, or more recently, raiding eastern Europe for players no one else is paying attention to.

What makes me even more excited is he’s a football man. We’re not simply hiring a scout. We’re hiring an experienced assistant coach, we’re hiring someone who understands how modern football infrastructure works, and we’re hiring someone mega clubs around the world want. He’s also peak age, 45 is experienced, but still ready to make a name for himself.

This is what the catalyst for change should have been about in the summer. Would our summer have been so poor had we been working with this guy? No way.

What is clear from all the talk this week is this… Arsenal is finally planning for the next level, is the next level, is the next level. We’re making moves beyond Wenger. We are finally building an infrastructure for tomorrow.

Buy in a really good Director of Football, who has deep contacts and smarts in the game. Bin off our shoddy keeping coach and bring back Tony Roberts. Move on Primorac. Hire some of the old guards. Hire the best manager money can buy… as in, the manager with the best vision of the game. Be that Jardim, Allegri or Sarri.

Man, we’d be set… who wouldn’t want to be part of that ride?

Right, I’ll give you a Spurs preview later. Had to get that off my chest!

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  1. Ishola70

    The win and a shut out.

    Thought this was a match Wenger dare not lose before kick off and this result has tightened things up now in the top six places.

    If Arsenal had lost this game they would have probably been out of contention for top four in November. That scenario has never happened before under Wenger. Things may not be the best at the club but for that to happen to be in real trouble for top four in November well it couldn’t get that bad.

    Could only see bits of the match in the second half unfortunately so will watch the match in it’s entirety at a later time.

    Wenger’s Arsenal show again that they can get themselves up for certain matches. It’s the consistency of the team especially on the road now that is in question.

    I still expect top four to be Man City, Man United , Chelsea and Spurs in no particular order the last three mentioned come the end of the season but this result means Arsenal keep in touch and of course the win on it’s own should be enjoyed by everyone. Yes even by the gnarled bitter critics of Arsene Wenger lol.

  2. Marko

    Pedro’s Tweet—
    2 things are clear:
    > Arsenal has better players
    > Wenger always does enough to keep his job. We’ll be top 4 this season. No doubt.

    Top 4 after one good performance? It’s almost like people forget the Stoke or Liverpool or City games

  3. Bamford10

    Marko

    Right, and finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th in an average EPL. Very, very ordinary. Wouldn’t make it even to a CL quarterfinal. Sorry, but some of you have simply overrated them.

  4. Paulinho

    Ramsey’s performance in that first half was exceptional. Set the foundation.

    Bit ropey and ragged in the second half but that’s Rambo.

    He shhowed as well that you show respect to teams that deserve to be shown it. Stoke are shit and Ramsey was right to play ahead of the ball for large periods of that match. In today’s game he showed he can adapt to better quality of opposition.

  5. Elmo

    Think about this performance, then think back to Liverpool and City.

    If anyone who doesn’t follow the PL looked at Arsenal’s front line and saw Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette, they would be thinking that is top drawer.

    Why on earth has the manager chosen not to field these players together, especially in big matches?

    Credit to the manager for the win today, but just imagine if we could see what we could do under a proper manager over a two year spell with that front three.

  6. Leedsgunner

    Chill out folks! Enjoy the win but remember it’s only three points in November not May. I’m happy for the win but all we are doing is repairing the damage we suffered versus Stoke!

  7. Marko

    The hyperbole from Sky is embarrassing.

    Let them they know these types of performances don’t happen often and they’re reminding us of that

  8. alexanderhenry

    By far the best performance this season from arsenal.
    We out thought and out fought arguably the second best team in the league.

    The front three of ozil, sanchez and lacazette were excellent. Mustafi was the pick of the defenders.

    I didn’t feel like spurs ever really looked like winning this game.

    What this means for the rest of the season, I have no idea.

  9. Jamie

    Pierre –

    Hold your horses, mate. You are not ‘the only one who sees Ozil’s qualities’, it’s just that he doesn’t perform like he did today often enough. That’s always been the criticism, and it’s valid, imo.

    He clearly has it in him to be a game changer, but today he put in a defensive shift as well as nailing his role as an advanced playmaker.

  10. Marko

    Right, and finished 2nd, 3rd or 4th in an average EPL. Very, very ordinary. Wouldn’t make it even to a CL quarterfinal. Sorry, but some of you have simply overrated them.

    If they’re very ordinary what have we become

  11. loyika

    Missed the first half through work (just watched the goals back from TV replays)

    Done nd dusted nothing more to say.

    Now need to put constant shifts in leading to the game against the Mancs. Knowing Arsenal we could easily mess up the next game.

    But the lads can’t be faulted as a unit today. Get In!!

    COYGs!!

  12. Wallace

    Marko

    “Very indicative of the cunt. Takes off Lacazette for his love child after a great game and Ozil has his best game in probably two years and literally seconds after nearly setting up a third he substitutes him? And all a while Xhaka and Ramsey stay on.”

    he’s been at the club for 21yrs now and you still haven’t figured out it’s the attack he likes to freshen up and he will rarely ever mess with the midfield?

  13. Bamford10

    Marko

    We are inadequate and have been for some time. No idea what point you are trying to make. That Spurs have been better than us does not make them great.

  14. alexanderhenry

    Let’s give credit where it’s due.
    We beat an excellent spurs team. You don’t beat Real Madrid 3-1 if you’re average.

  15. Marko

    What this means for the rest of the season, I have no idea.

    You know what it means Alex nothing. We know that we can’t put together performances like that on a consistent or semi consistent basis and who knows what kind of a front three we’ll have come February 1st

  16. Ishola70

    Bamford10:
    “Agreed. I still think Spurs will finish above us. They shouldn’t, but they likely will.”

    Well you will get the massive knee jerk over-reaction to the result of one match now and conclusions drawn from it but in this instance it is understandable because it’s the derby. Part of the banter. Other times it becomes silly though condemning one team and championing the other based on seeing one match of 90 minutes.

    The likelihood still is though that Spurs will finish higher in the league. And really that is down to Wenger. Never seems to learn from previous errors and weaknesses. You think he might learn with solitary results like today’s. That a corner has been turned. But he usually shows his faults again down the line.

  17. Relieable Sauce

    With such an overrated team and overrated manager you would have thought Arsene-al would have scored more against them, especially at Fortress Wengabowl.

    Arsene and the akbs cup final.
    4th place trophy is on!

  18. Marko

    We are inadequate and have been for some time. No idea what point you are trying to make. That Spurs have been better than us does not make them great.

    No one said great but ordinary? Come on man they’ve finished above City and Chelsea in recent years and got 4 points from 6 against Real Madrid this season. Hardly average

  19. steve

    Cesc AppealNovember 18, 2017 15:41:18
    Please tell me people are joking, were there actually people singing ‘we want you to stay’ to Wenger?

    Not surprising. Emirates stadium is filled with Wenger groupies. The rest are tourists.

  20. Dream10

    Ozil and Sanchez gave it a good go today. They weren’t anything special offensively, but they were excellent off the ball. Alexis struggled with Davinson Sanchez, who bullied him at times, but he kept on trying. Ozil helped Xhaka out when Ramsey pushed up and was a useful outlet.

    Mustafi the clear man of the match. Very good in both boxes with headers and blocks.

  21. Marko

    he’s been at the club for 21yrs now and you still haven’t figured out it’s the attack he likes to freshen up and he will rarely ever mess with the midfield?

    Of course you try to justify it. Sure our attack plays a good game but by all means sub them instead of the bang average midfield we’ve got. Unless you think he doesn’t tend to change the midfield cause he doesn’t trust who’s in reserve? That again speaks volumes of Wenger

  22. alexanderhenry

    Marko

    You’re almost definitely right.
    Despite that, I enjoyed today.

    There isn’t a team in the league that gets cockier off the back of very little, than spurs. This is a club that’s had more false dawns than I’ve had breakfasts.

    Happy we put them in their place

  23. steve

    This is what Wenger does, first he fucks up (Man City) then he calms it down only to fuck up again. And the akb cunts still want him to stay. Morons.

  24. Pierre

    Jamie
    I’ve had enough vebal diarrhea from Le grovellers for trying to convince them that özil is class.. I’ve always said he Shouldn’t start in a couple of tough away games like Liverpool and city because he struggles against teams with the high press but at home and against teams who we have a high possession, I would have him all day long.
    Personally, I love the way he plays but he’s not everyones cup of tea.. He’s just a bit of a wimp sometimes but I can forgive for that as long he carries on creating chance after chance which is the reason why he is in the team… Lets see how much flak eriksen receives for his performance today… Will he be slated by the media, I doubt it.

  25. Wallace

    Marko

    “Of course you try to justify it. Sure our attack plays a good game but by all means sub them instead of the bang average midfield we’ve got.”

    eh? I’m just saying 99 times out of a 100 it’s the attackers he subs. every game. that’s just his approach – fresh legs against tiring defenders. you make it sound like it’s the first time he’s ever done it.

  26. Cesc Appeal

    FA Cup final performance, just enjoy it, we all know how this goes, but bragging rights for a while.

    Big question marks over Spurs’ bottle.

    Kane and Alli were seriously poor today, Kane looked injured by Alli had no excuses everything he did was crap.

    This is an Arsenal season though, its always like a game where your character is on the cusp of dying, red screen, sound dimming and then you just about make a checkpoint or find some random health pack to sustain you a little longer until the next crawl to a checkpoint or a health pack.

  27. raptora

    People praising Ozil saying how he’s always been a player, are basically doing the same as the people praising Wenger and singing “We want you to stay”. Both are great on the occasion and absolutely average on the regular. No passion, guts, leadership, mental toughness, determination, ambitiousness… Both great when the knife hits the bone and it’s all about self preservation and survival. A second later when the storm has cooled down, they sulk, and go back to their old self.

    In another story – top performance against a really solid team. Another FAC performance was needed and that’s what we got. Spuds could have walked away with a bag of goals in their basket. Re the ref’s decision imo the foul for the first goal is a foul, there is an offside that we got away with. No doubt about it. Second goal is a fair one in my eyes – Laca is onside. Should have scored a couple more to stamp some authority back but oh well.

    Our team was up for it way more than their team.

  28. Rambo Ramsey

    Our bang average midfield was enough to wipe the floor with Spuds’ apparantely far superior, balanced, best mid in PL.

    Fucking hilarious.

  29. Bamford10

    They do have a more balanced midfield, but it isn’t as great as some here have stated.

    We ultimately have more fire-power in attack than they do, and your boy Ramsey put in a very good shift.

  30. Elmo

    Pierre

    If you freely admit Ozil shouldn’t be started in big matches away from home in the PL and Europe, should the club be offering £200k+ pw to renew his contract?

    There’s something wrong when a club’s by far highest paid player would be someone who it’s widely accepted isn’t appropriate for big matches on the road.

  31. Don

    MARKO
    great.No one said great but ordinary? Come on man they’ve finished above City and Chelsea in recent years and got 4 points from 6 against Real Madrid this season. Hardly average

    AND WE HAVENT? If finishing second makes spurs something to crow about then why not us for finishing second? Or fine aging above Chelsea and city
    Which we have. Far more frequently

  32. Marko

    Don I was just arguing against the term ordinary. They’re a good side that’s pretty obvious.

    In other news Mo Salah with 14 goals in 18 is looking like the signing of the summer

  33. ArseneisaFraud

    And to top it all off England beat Australia 30-6!!! Something more to celebrate! Englands’ performance was a bit like us today: a bit cagey at times but showed some resilience and managed to get the better of their opponent!

    Time for another bottle of beer! 😉