AW chides at #CatalystForChange | New power structure explained

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Nothing makes you smile quite like Arsene Wenger scrabbling to push in on the new signings like he knew what was going on in Europe as he presided over a pretty average ship.

“You have Dick Law who retires, and has gone back to the States. He is still with us for a while, but we look for somebody as well who has experience in negotiations. We have Huss, who is top drawer, but has just joined us, but is doing an excellent job. I rate him highly. There is still a need.”

“I know them all because I’ve been in the game before them,”

“So of course I know everybody in every club in Europe, basically I know them all.”

I admire the fact that even when his grip on power is on the decline, he can’t let anyone think the big decisions don’t reside with him.

If Wenger knew about all these fancy backroom people who were outpacing him all over the Europe, why did it take so long to make the move to bring them in? Surely Wenger didn’t think the way the club were dealing with transfers was optimum? Surely he didn’t believe in the signing of Gervinho way back when? Surely he didn’t wonder how all these incredible players were passing him by?

This bit made me laugh. When asked who the new guys would be working with…

‘With me. Ivan has nothing to do with buying players.

‘Today we have a structure in England, we know everybody. We have taken somebody who has international experience and that is why we made that decision.’

Before you lose your minds. Wenger is right, Ivan doesn’t run the transfers or player recc. No one should want him to. He signed Sven and Raul to take care of that. The point of the new structure is the new guys report into Ivan, not Wenger. That’s the big change you need to be paying attention to. The infrastructure is CEO run, not manager run.

Anyway, I’m splitting hairs. It’s clear now why Wenger has been making such a fuss in the media about his future. He knew this was about the drop, and he’s not happy.

Regardless, point is, the new hires will be here long after Wenger goes. I don’t bank on the manager leaving next season, but I am pretty sure he will be shipped out within two years. Ivan was fighting a one-man battle last year. Now he has a world class Head of Recruitment, as well as a champion Head of Football Relations to back the already sound argument that Wenger is finished.

You also have to remember Stan K is currently tasting the glory of hiring an exciting young manager for his LA Rams franchise. Apparently, from the stories I hear, Stan is absolutely over the moon about what’s happening there and he’s willing to talk Rams with anyone who cares to listen to the progress being made.

He can’t like the shit he gets for backing Wenger, who would? His young son can’t like overseeing a train wreck of a team, who would? Surely both must wonder what it’d be like to oversee a team that was lean, smart and fighting for the major trophies.

Why settle for something you know that’s going to fail? It’s not like we’re saving money. We’re a bloated club that’s lost. Find yourself a vision.

I watched ‘Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond.’ I genuinely wanted to hate the Jim Carrey documentary, but it really is quite profound and I can’t stop thinking about it. Working in advertising, you spend a lot of your time trying to understand what the people are looking for. Jim, in his early years kept asking himself what the people wanted from him. Then it hit him.

“They want to be free from concern.”

The next night, he went on stage and said, ‘how is everyone tonight?’ and without pause, delivered ‘alrighty then.’ He was telling people he didn’t give a fuck, and they shouldn’t either. He was there to free them from the everyday. That line ended up in Ace Ventura, his next film bagged him $10m.

That’s a long-winded way of telling you that your audience is important. Arsenal fans want to feel like their club is competing. They want to feel like The Arsenal put as much effort into winning as they have done supporting this whole grotesque stadium move that made a lot of undeserving people rich off our pennies. They want their hard work replicated, rewarded, and the vision of being a superclub realised.

In the last 10 years, Arsenal fans haven’t tolerated the ‘well, we’re lucky to be in the top 4’ bullshit because that’s not why we moved from a ground we loved. That’s not why we accepted a soulless bowl that we paid through the nose for. We moved to reach the promised land. We moved to become the Bayern Munich of England. We moved because we were told we were shooting for the next level.

It never happened. We didn’t even attempt it. The fans knew it. Simply put, if Arsenal behaved like Bayern, the fans would be happy.

You and I don’t need Manchester City trappings. We don’t need £150m signings. We want something a bit more Arsenal. We want the modern take on Wenger 1998. We want ingenious scouting. We want to see incredible youth. We want a manager that electrifies the ground with innovative football, exceptional technical execution, with exciting young players we can feel proud of.

We don’t need to be the most extravagant, we’d take being the smartest.

These backroom signings are the beginnings of an Arsenal dream I’ve talked to you about for years. The most passionate football intellects working together to create an Arsenal brand of magic that engages you deeply on every occasion.

That’s where we’re heading now. Arsene Wenger laid a solid foundation that needed a new architect ten years ago. Well, the new team is now surveying the damage and planning for the next phase of development. We are going to become a superclub, and it’s going to be incredible.

I couldn’t be more excited. We have something unpredictable coming. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going be innovative. You’re going to fall back in love with the Arsenal Wenger sold to you 22 years ago. A marriage rekindled. A spark renewed. This is going to be the start of something special.

We are the Arsenal, and it feels exciting again. x

P.S. Realise I’m shooting my load a little early, but such is life. Listen to my fu*king podcast, and LOL hard at a Spurs that could go 7th by Thursday.

Also, I got so carried away about the signings, I forgot to talk about Huddersfield tonight. Start Jack and Danny (Essex rhyming slang, right there).

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232 Responses to “AW chides at #CatalystForChange | New power structure explained”

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  1. london gunner

    Oh Giroud… he is so lumbering

    Sanchez would have finished that.

    The least he could have done is squared the pass

  2. ArseneisaFraud

    Here we go GuNZ! Nougat boy has scored!!!! He got his fill of AW’s juice it seems!

    And it’s 3-0!!! with Sanchez!

  3. Bay Area gooner

    We need our rivals to drop points. Southhampton, Stoke or Swansea need a goal!
    At least one of them pleaseeeeeeee

  4. Elmo

    For all his inconsistency, it’s impossible to say anything but that Ozil has been absolutely outstanding this half.

    This is the kind of opposition where we see these performances from him, so he needs to do it again on Saturday.

  5. raptora

    Ramsey is the man on form at the moment. 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 6 games. A toss up between him and Ozil for MotM today. Great stuff from the boys. A game that could have been way harder we decided early. Good job and up to the weekend blockbuster of a game. I reckon we win again. Boyz will give 100% versus the vile portuguese.

  6. raptora

    Ozil has been playing like what? Less than a game a week statistically for Arsenal. That’s how he likes it and how he can handle it. Hopefully not playing in midweek Europa League proves an energy burst for him, something he has even talked about that EPL is not like La Liga. It has been visible every season since he has arrived that he always drops his level after January ends. Hopefully we have this Ozil more often. When he fancies it he is very good, especially when given the freedom, mostly versus minnow teams at the Emirates.

  7. raptora

    What is Sterling doing?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Did he just score a winning goal in the injury time for the 4-th time in this season?! That is 8 points won by him. Are you kidding me?

  8. alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    ‘Arsenal fans want to feel like their club is competing. They want to feel like The Arsenal put as much effort into winning as they have done supporting this whole grotesque stadium move that made a lot of undeserving people rich off our pennies. They want their hard work replicated, rewarded, and the vision of being a superclub realised.

    In the last 10 years, Arsenal fans haven’t tolerated the ‘well, we’re lucky to be in the top 4′ bullshit because that’s not why we moved from a ground we loved. That’s not why we accepted a soulless bowl that we paid through the nose for. We moved to reach the promised land. We moved to become the Bayern Munich of England. We moved because we were told we were shooting for the next level.’

    Very well said.

  9. Pierre

    I see özil is padding up his chance created and assists again…. Assists from crosses (sanchez goal) don’t count do they and I’m sure he could have scored the 2nd goal himself instead of giving a goal to giroud… Typical özil, only interested in making his creation stats look better.

    Özil needs to do it against one of the top sides…. Yes, I know he was man of the match against Tottenham but that doesn’t count as they are not a top side anymore.

    Özil is too inconsistent.. Yes, I know he was man of the match tonight and v Tottenham and Everton in the last few weeks but to be considered consistent he must be man of the match every week.

  10. Paulinho

    Have we played an away game recently, against a decent side, that I’ve forgotten about?

    Nah don’t think so, so nothing has changed then, and Ozil as usual comes alive against Mannequin challenge teams that come to the Emirates.

  11. Pierre

    Sorry, I forgot.. For özil to be considered consistent, he must be man of the match against a” decent side “.. So the man of the match v Everton doesn’t count.

  12. Paulinho

    Doesn’t have to be man of the match.

    A shot on goal that somewhat tests the goalkeeper would be a start and represent progress for Ozil in such matches.

  13. Paulinho

    Pierre – Yeah I’ll keep digging into the archives of reality while you keep deluding yourself that Ozil has actually done something in the last few weeks that he hasn’t done every season here at some point.

  14. Buckhurst Gun

    Moan if we lose

    Be happy when we win

    We took advantage again – spurs lost

    Happy week to be a gooner let’s hope it can continue

  15. Paulinho

    “the holes getting bigger”

    All makes sense now. Pierre’s on a trip.

    Shouldn’t post when on the LSD mate. Don’t worry, you won’t fall down it.

  16. loyika

    Well you can only beat who is in front of you now innit!?

    Chelsea struggled against The Swans and Citeh against The Saints, if that was us most would say we played like shyte and this and that.

    When another team dispatch teams we don’t hear; “Lads it was only so and so!” If Spurs had beaten this same team by this same scoreline many Grovers would be wanking off about how our players are not fit to lace the boots of their first 11? How their Manager is the 2nd coming of the Football Messiah and other crap.

    This season is going to be topsy turvy interms of results so lets enjoy the big wins when we get them.

    United on saturday should be a whole different ball game entirely. We can cross that bridge when we get on it.

  17. loyika

    Hope Laca ain’t out against United? If he is would rather Welbz starts in place of Ollie (even though Ollie is a better goal threat)

    Want us to get at United from the off like we did Spurs. If we can get a result against them would then force Maureen to go all out for a win against Citeh.

    But knowing Jose, if he can’t get a win, would still love 2 draws from both games.

    Midfield and Defence were a bit sloppy in the first half, can’t be doing that with United cause we will get murdered, especially with Young being in that “everything i touch is Gold” mood he is in right now.

  18. Relieable Sauce

    Got to love Pep. Has given Redmond more coaching than wenger has given to wally.
    Stirling as well, proving many, many people wrong.

    Still think it’s between the two Manchester clubs, and I think arsene-al will struggle to finish above Liverpool and Chelsea.

  19. Bamford10

    We played some beautiful football tonight. We weren’t all that well-organized or disciplined defensively, but some of our passing combinations were simply superb. It won’t amount to anything, but it was pretty to watch.

  20. jasongms

    Top 4 trophy ____ check
    Above spurs trophy___ check

    Arsenal fans are in a state of delirium as they prostrate for their god and saviour Arsene.

  21. TonyD

    Pierre
    Good win with some quality football.

    The down side is we’ve lost Lacazette for the United game.

    Now the question is will Ozil turn up Saturday?

    If he does with another display like last night or in the NLD, then we have a good chance to get the win.

    I’d say we need a similar NLD performance all round, but I can’t see how our collective pressing up front can work with Giroud. Welbeck is the obvious answer but he’s useless in front of goal from a scoring point of view.

    I don’t see Iwobi as ready for a United game start – maybe he can come off the bench later.

    Xhaka remains a liability and I’d ship him out at the earliest possibility.

    Considering the level of the Huddersfield team we were very sloppy in defence at times and will be punished if it happens against Manure.

    I’m not going to make a prediction for United’s game: just hope for the best.

    Everyone who matters got a result last night so the United game is a must win: not only for the points but to continue our winning momentum and team confidence.

  22. Thorough

    Lacazete should have had 2 contenders for goal of the season by now: that chip from an impossible angle on 31 minutes yesterday and that 30 yard screamer that hit th bar at Albion I think. For once we have a striker that has it all. only wish he was two inches taller. Gradually becoming my favorite Arsenal player.

  23. Thorough

    And that was the most closely contested 5-0 game I’ve watched in a long while. It’s just sad Wenger won’t think our midfield is dysfunctional until we get a thumping. We practically play only defense and attack nowadays.

  24. Pierre

    Tony
    The result looks good but our passing through midfield was very poor until we scored the 2nd goal then we clicked. . Xhaka had one of his very sloppy passing days.
    I like the way Jack played when he came on, very mature performance,didn’t try and be a superstar, kept it simple, probably had a 100% pass completion. He did what the game needed.
    You know my feelings on özil, enough said.

    Wenger needs to get his selection up front right for the weekend. He has options, it all depends how he sees it.
    Personally, I would play sanchez up top and probably bring Welbeck on the left or Jack could play left.
    My biggest worry is that he will revert to type and play giroud up top.
    I have a feeling it will be Welbeck if he considers him fit enough.

  25. Redtruth

    Very very expected and predictable result against a Championdhip side now for the laboured not so fluid performance against a side 2 levels above Huddersfield …

  26. Wallace

    Redtruth

    “The usual suspects will be back to their mediocre best against Man Utd..”

    well, I rate the Spuds higher than I do Utd and the ‘usual suspects’ did okay in the recent NLD

  27. Pierre

    Martin keown’s comments a couple of months ago.
    “‘I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him.

    ‘I think he doesn’t want that sort of player around the youngsters in the group.”

    Oh dear… How stupid must he feel.

  28. Wallace

    Redtruth

    “You obviously overrate Spurs as current results show Spurs 7th”

    yup, but always a good idea to take a longer term view with stuff like this. they’re an excellent side finding out just how difficult it can be to maintain league form while competing in the CL. especially with a squad that lacks the depth of its rivals.

  29. Redtruth

    Wallace
    “yup, but always a good idea to take a longer term view with stuff like this. they’re an excellent side finding out just how difficult it can be to maintain league form while competing in the CL. especially with a squad that lacks the depth of its rivals.”

    So they’re not as good as Man Utd afterall..

  30. TonyD

    Pierre
    I agree with our sloppiness in midfield and Kos & Mustafi. Has to be a lot tighter for Utd.

    Sanchez through the middle would work, and I’d have Welbeck out on the left.

    I’d also have Jack in place of Xhaka. Utd will target Xhaka if he’s on the pitch. I would if I were Jose.

    No way can Giroud start: he’s too slow and our pressing will be worse than it was at City.

    Have to say Bellerin has to be replaced. He’s ok as a sub or back up but no way he’s a first team starter.