The Telegraph have run with an ‘Arteta to Arsenal’ story, packaging it up as yet another sign that the club is moving with the times and thinking about the future. Le Grove first the revealed that the Spaniard had refused the overtures of Spurs boss Pochettino because he was intent on rejoining the club in the future in May. To add more fuel to the fire, it’s clear Stan K has a new found taste for being a wild one, he signed the youngest coach in NFL history for his LA Rams team and he’s actually seeing some success. According to rumours, he can’t stop telling people how excited he is about that behind the scenes.
Arteta makes a lot of sense if you follow the path of elite managers and how they come about in the game. The notion of signing a tried and tested Koeman style manager comes with a false notion of stability, and it’s generally regressive. Then there’s the idea of signing up a winner to take the club forward, and again, I think we’re seeing at Liverpool that unless big names develop their ideas, they don’t kick on.
That’s why signing up someone like Arteta might be a smart move. He’s affable, speaks 5 languages, has played in 4 different leagues and he’s a thinker. I can’t tell you how highly rated he is by anyone that comes into the contact with him, I mean, come on, Pep G tapped him up and he’s the greatest on the planet.
A lot of top managers came out of La Masia, touching Cruyff and Bobby Robson along the way. I think you’ll see the same thing happen off the back of Pep Guardiola moving forward. The master thinker, tinkerer and innovator. If you want to take the game by storm, you have to bring something new to the table people haven’t seen before. Signing Arteta makes sense if he has something new to bring to the game. There’s no point in Pep MKII, you need a new type of manager, someone who can eclipse him.
Jose Mourinho was at his best when he was fresh blood on the scene. Diego Simeone had a huge amount of success at the start of his tenure. Zinedine Zidane was a king when he started out. Even Luis Enrique when he took over the football at Barcelona.
You need fresh ideas. There’s no point in reaching for the establishment, because how many of the establishment have been winning of late? Carlo is finished. Jose Mourinho is done. I think Klopp is probably over. I truly believe the club would be making a terrible mistake if they hired a big name. I think the setup will lend itself to someone looking to cut a blaze of fire. We should be kingmakers, just like we were with Arsene Wenger.
When you hire like that, there’s more a willingness to partake in shared decision making, and it’s more likely the new person will lean in on experience like Sven Mislintat and his coaches (Thierry Henry for sure!)
I like that the idea is different. I like that I’ve been hearing amazing things about Arteta for years. I love the idea that we’re going balls out like Madrid and Barca have been.
Let’s hope this move is more Guardiola than Villa Boas!
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