Just a quick post before the Nottingham Forest game today.
The story doing the rounds is a very odd one that’s come from The Mirror, and notably, not from John Cross. It basically restates what we already knew – that Wenger could leave in the summer if he does badly – it then layers in a tough to fathom narrative about Arteta being his choice.
It’s confusing story because the gist is that Arteta is Wenger’s choice, which to me reads like whoever planted the story wants to sour the steam behind the rumour.
Secondly, the story guns for the Spaniard, almost alluding to him being a teachers’ pet.
Arteta certainly left a lasting impression with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, using some of the money raised in club fines to buy the American a prestigious watch.
As official collector of the money from players’ misdemeanours, the ‘present’ came as a surprise to some of Arteta’s team-mates.
What an absolutely odd piece of information to brief to the press. The whole thing reads like a hit piece if I’m honest. Coming with the Wenger seal of approval is a credibility dampener, telling people our ex-captain took club fines to buy a wonderful watch for the CEO makes him look like a f*cking creep.
So what’s behind this story?
Firstly, it’s hard to take anything seriously about Arsenal from The Mirror unless it comes from John Cross. That’s the first red flag. I suspect he saw it, and there’s a reason it’s gone out under John Richardson. Maybe they’re taking a hit for juicier information at a later date, but regardless, it’d be a Cross piece if it were from a serious source.
Secondly, who would want to spoil the Arteta vibes? Who is hunting him down? Who at the club would be so against his return they’d do this to him?
Anyway, a few things I’m pretty damn certain about from sources I have.
Arsene Wenger is not selecting his successor.
I’m absolutely sure about this. The club are making very clever decisions above Wenger’s head, and there’s plenty of stuff going on behind the scenes that’s very exciting. You can take my word for it, or look at Wenger’s churlish behaviour in the press yesterday. That’ll tell you all you need to know about how involved Wenger is in the #CatalystforChange movement.
The decision to hire a new manager will be made by footballing people, and it’ll be made in a professional way. There’s no emotion or nostalgia in the hire, United already made that mistake. The decision will be made based on a number of factors like culture fit, management approach, pressing philosophy, playing style, tactical beliefs, receptiveness to work in a CEO managed structure, ability to develop players, and vision for the current squad.
Wenger doesn’t know how to run a modern super club. Therefore he doesn’t know what you need in a modern day super club manager. Therefore he will not be selecting his successor.
Right, I’m off to the pub to enjoy the Arsenal game, TOTALLY DRY.
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