I burned myself on the inside of my wrist cooking. It’s gone a weird colour. Everyone looks at it like there’s some sort of active tropical disease releasing spores into the office. Not a great, like everyone, stop wrist shaming me.
ANYWAY, this is not the day to be talking about wrist burns.
It’s another Christmas stocking filler for Le Grove. We’ve hired Raul Sahnelli, the transfer fixer of Barcelona. I can’t tell you how happy I am.
After backing Ivan Gs #CatalystForChange last year on solid intel – and being well and truly disappointed… I wavered. But damn, he’s come right back into the good books. What a performance he’s had over the past 6 months. The Wenger deal clearly came with the caveats we’d hoped for.
The Brief as I see it: Fill the power vacuum at the club that’s damaging Arsenal’s ability to compete
The club has been Arsene FC for years. Once David Dein left, and Wenger stepped in, the board has given him more and more power. Like anyone with a control freak persona, the manager hasn’t always used it wisely. He built a fortress, he only hired people when he could be kingmaker. He shut out ideas, when things got bad, he hunkered down and leant on yes men.
No longer. The club is hiring big hitters. Raul Sanllehi is a major deal. He’s a prominent transfer fixer, he has a very good reputation, he knows how to make big deals, with big players, and he knows how to go the extra mile when needed. He helped oversee one of the most successful periods in Barcelona’s history. He signed Neymar *cough* and it was all above board as far as he was concerned.
We bring his knowledge of the markets. We bring his understanding of working at one of the greatest super clubs. We bring his contacts. We bring his ruthless elite mentality.
This guy is more than a Dick Law. He’ll have a deep knowledge of what a great player looks like. He’ll know what modern value means. He’ll make Arsenal a serious entity in Europe. I’ve no doubt he’ll shift our view on dealing with super agents because you don’t sign elite players when you cut out the best representatives.
The things I’m looking forward to the most is watching Wenger work with these guys. He doesn’t have the ace in the pack anymore.There’s no mythical ‘Arsene knows’ to deal with. Arsenal didn’t pay all this money for new talent if the plan was to make them subservient to a manager everyone at Arsenal knows isn’t cutting it anymore. The manager will have to work in a democracy because the club is in a terrible state at the moment.
Contracts are in a total mess. The wage bill is massively inflated with average players earning too much. We have a real imbalance of talent. We have superstars leaving on free transfers. We have another batch of first-teamers heading into the final year of their deals.
I’m just over the moon we have Sven Minslatat and Raul Sanllehi overseeing the next round of contract negotiations. Hopefully they won’t make terrible mistakes, like giving ok players mega deals for good PR. Hopefully, they’ll go to work immediately on what is going to happen next summer.
Guys and gals, I think this could be the end of the banter era.
What is even more tantalising is this… you know their biggest task is the find the next manager of Arsenal football club. An historic signing. One that could come sooner than you think.
You know what else is glorious?
Ivan has hired a Director of Football with a Barca mindset. He’s hired a scout that’s overseen some of the most exciting Dortmund teams.
He is making sure he maintains the brand of exciting football Wenger brought to Arsenal.
Right, that’s me done, too much positivity, I’m making myself feel sick.
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