2 big clues point to a very different managerial hiring direction

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A lot of back and forth about my views on Carlo Ancelotti yesterday, and look, this is about healthy debate. People apportioning my views to moaning are totally misunderstanding me. Carlo is a great man, my view is that his capabilities aren’t matched to an Arsenal style setup.

We’re not in the same league as Manchester City money wise. He’s never built a team that didn’t have the most money to throw at a problem.

His main attribute, after reading how is past players speak about him, is his ability to meld egos together and treat players like people and have them motivated to go to war for him. That sort of talent is always valuable, but we don’t need a big name romancer, because we won’t have big names.

He’s not exactly a master of developing younger players. If we’re operating a Dortmund 2.0 model, the skillset we’ll need to have is a masterful tactician who can develop a sum of its parts model. Carlo is a relaxed tactician because he always operates with the best players. He’s not a fierce training ground disciplinarian, again, because the best players are self-motivated. Notable that Bayern players found his training methods boring and his tactical approach weak.

Anyway, the bigger issue at play here is having heard the names of the types of people the club has been targetting both public and not so public, this hire just doesn’t feel in keeping with that.

The Roger Schmidt’s, Thomas Tuchel’s and Ralph Hassenhutl’s of the world is where I’d imagine we’ll land. Schmidt and Hassenhutl, I believe, were both approached by Arsenal last summer. Hassenhutl, because he said so. Schmidt, because he was a free agent, and the link between those two names is they are skilled at drilling a hardworking style of pressing football into young talent between the ages of 17-23 (and both under Ragnick of Redbull) (this is why I’m struggling to believe we’re planning on dropping £10m a year on Carlo).

Hassenhutl is particularly interesting, mostly because he’s on the record as having spoken to Arsenal. At Ingolstadt, he oversaw a tiny German side and built a really impressive defence unit, and a fascinating counter-press approach. His side had the best defensive record outside the top 3, despite having the worst attack.

He moved to RB Leipzig and developed his managerial abilities under the tutelage of the iconic Ralph Ragnick. He developed a more advanced attacking unit, whilst maintaining an impressive defence. His pressing philosophy has also gained him many plaudits in the game. You can read the details here.

Anyway,  he’s a manager who has improved at every level he’s given opportunity. His skill set would be very useful at Arsenal because we can’t crack defence, our approach to pressing is pitiful, we’re not developing young talent the way it should be, and we just hired a scout who specialises in signing technical players suited to a high energy pressing philosophy. He’s also obscure enough to bring something new to the Premier League and he’s experienced enough to not be overawed by the opportunity.

Plus he’s a nutter on the touchline. It’s what we all want, amirite?

Anyway, put your excitement back in your pants, Wenger ain’t going anywhere.

“I am always committed. I am here for 21 years,” said Wenger.

“So in every single decision I make what is right for the club. Do I stay for one year or ten years it is exactly the same.

“Is it is me in charge or somebody else you can only do what is best for club. That is what you try to do. That has nothing to do with my personal situation.”

Reality is, if Wenger makes top 4 this season, which is very much still in the realms of possibility… he’s staying.

The idea that Stan K is all of a sudden going to get ruthless and sign a new manager for Arsenal in January, is quite frankly, fu*king absurd.

I’ll drop a match preview to the game tomorrow, maybe we’ll have signed Malcolm by then?

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  1. Eezzee

    Sooner or later Arsene will come to the end of it at arsenal and whoever takes over is bound to struggle and probably fail. I believe arsenals approach will be to appoint a short term manager (although I would be surprised if they said it ) and then appoint the manager they want . Arsenal generally don,t change managers very often but in this case it may be the right way to go

  2. Dissenter

    Ancelotti is one of the last “nice guy” managers around.
    He’s not known for pushing his players…Pedro got that right.
    He will do well with a great players with big egos not a squad that needs rebuilding.

  3. Steve

    So we go from discussing players we might have signed to managers we might have hired.

    Bloody depressing ! Wenger sucks the joy out of everything.

  4. Elmo

    Agree with your line in this, Pedro.

    Our squad is soon to be shorn of its stars. with a cadre of older key first teamers soons to retire.

    We have limited money (particularly due to contracts and transfer mismanagement), so our realistic best course of action for regaining any sort of relevance will be to invest in youth. With the amount of new faces needed in the squad over the next 2-3 years, we simply can’t afford multiple players at £60m+.

    We’ll need a tactically brilliant manager who can develop and motivate young players, and work with what he is given. Jardim has done well under these conditions, but I’m not sure the Arsenal fanbase has the patience anymore for a gaffer whose side can be spanked due to defensive fragility when the system isn’t working well. The appointment really has to depend on how the new DoF plans to shape the squad for the future.

  5. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Enjoyable read

    Wengers only leaving in a box
    Stubborn arrogant an wont leave he has the last terraced house on the street attitude

    The rotter

  6. Cesc Appeal

    Infuriating the way Wenger makes out that there is no choice, no option, no other way than him staying.

    The f*****g ego on this pig.

  7. Bamford10

    Pierre

    I have to retract what I said about our performance against Aston Villa in the FAC final: I was actually thinking of our performance against Hull.

    This doesn’t change much, though. So we played well against Aston Villa in an FAC final. Great. Does this in any way redeem ten years of inadequacy and failure at Arsenal? No. It doesn’t.

  8. David Smith

    Looks like Malcolm could be on, but Wenger will turn him into gervinho within a few weeks.
    Pedro, if Wenger does not get into the top four. Does that mean he is off?

  9. Bamford10

    Arsenal fans must do what they can to encourage Wenger to the door. No way we should tolerate another eighteen months of this idiot.

  10. Dissenter

    There’s breaking tabloid news that Sanchez to United is done. They claim he is having a medical tomorrow.
    If you believe Pierre [and common sense], it’s most likely just lies.

    Lets see he starts tomorrow. He travelled with the squad.

  11. Confidentgoner

    Gabriele went back to Spain and became unstoppable. Coquelin, will improve his weakness, which is pulling passes off. He was our only midfielder with pace to burn. I need to add AMN in that list. A good manager will improve him before season end. Hope we put a sign on fee?

  12. UTarse

    Dissenter,
    That’s probably the Arsenal spin PR office trying to get city to increase bid. If he does go to united, that would be an even more damning assessment on Wengunt and Arsenal in general.

  13. kc

    Arsenal have zero style these days. The entire squad needs to be blown up and replaced. The minute Sanchez walks Arsenal fans will be dreaming of a sixth place finish. At this point I’d take that Chelsea water girl over Wenger as a manager. In other words beggars can’t be choosers.

  14. Carts

    “Heard Coquelin started for Valencia, wonder how he played? Anyone?”

    Played in a 4-4-2 alongside Parejo.

    Like someone said yesterday, Coquelin looked like he’d been told to do the defensive duties and move the ball to the nearest outlet

  15. Carts

    I fucking hate listening to Wenger’s interview. He’s simply not in he game of conceding any kind of power, is he.

    If I were granted the opportunity of asking him one question, I’d ask him what he intends to achieve clinging to power

  16. Wolfgang

    Tactically Wenger has been outmanourved by the bosses of the top teams.
    Now he complains the physica l nature of the epl is unsettling his French striker.
    Fans don’t bother about how the club gets its players be it by buying or grooming.’
    The ideal would be abalance of both.
    Frankly speaking I think most fans have Wenger fatigue and it would help
    if he were to go

  17. Number9

    Carts

    ‘If I were granted the opportunity of asking him one question, I’d ask him what he intends to achieve clinging to power’

    I have a two year contract and I always do my best. Find me someone else that could do the same job.

    You know the score by now.

  18. Dissenter

    All the Sanchez haters will be disappointed to know that he’s so highly regarded that clubs will offer 35 million for 5 months of his contract. There’s talk united are offering 350k weekly for him and are foregoing getting Bale in the summer.
    If we had him on a lengthy contract he would have fetched a 100 million+ transfer.

  19. Number9

    Ads fucking Campbell what a little fucking dick.

    Trying to disrupt a season that has still time to run and this cunt wants to start protests as wer’re a few points off 4th and still in 2 cup comps?

    This is why these mugs need an absolute shoeing.

  20. graham62

    Pierre

    “The most complete performance in my lifetime”

    62 years old. That would take in 62 years of FA Cup finals.

    Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Villa being the most complete.

    OMG, WHAT A START TO A SUNDAY MORNING.

  21. Number9

    Geriatric62

    ‘Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Villa being the most complete.’

    Why don’t you offer up an alternative? If you’ve written something down as I’m sure the old memory banks aren’t as fresh as in previous years.

  22. Ishola70

    Must not lose match today against Bournemouth. Even a draw is a bit naff, Need to win.

    Another game where you can say Wenger’s last stand and been saying that for quite a few league matches now. The margin for error is very slim in relation to top four.

    It’s hot for Wenger. In January.

  23. Chris

    All the responses to that tweet about the protest march tell you a lot about how many fans still believe in Wenger. The protests will not make any difference fo anything. Waste of time.

  24. Rainman

    The protests might put a bit of pressure on The Dictator, his recent comments seem to show he still wants to prolong his regime.

    Might be just what he needs to remind him that he needs to fuck off asap.

    The state of mind of some fans tho, beggars belief. How they can still fervently support this shite fest I do not understand.

  25. Confidentgoner

    Let’s all imagine we don’t have Wenger. What do you guys think we need to do to get top 4 and basically rescue our season.

    We have 6 teams battling for top 4 positions. We need to beat two of the top teams. What will you do if you were Wenger + board!

    I am aware that Wenger has little capacity to get us to top 4 anymore. That is clear.

    Any better ideas? Brain exercise, better than worrying about the clown!

  26. Number9

    Unathanthium

    Nice assessment. Only bit I disagree with is the Kos bit.
    Still out best defender but needs to be managed. An extra CB with pedigree wouldn’t do us any harm to complement the inexperienced couple we already have. Think they’ll both come good in time.

  27. TonyD

    Kos still our best defender?

    Major achilles problem brought on by being over played by Wenger.

    Has lost pace because of it and now prone to clumsy and rash tackles through frustration.

    He was our best defender, but now sadly in decline. He’s been a good servant to the club but needs to be moved on.

    Right now we have a mediocre defense with now real stand out players. All make stupid school boy mistakes, such as Mustafi again United.

    Also no help from midfield makes the defense look even worse.

    Just look at how many poor goals we give away

  28. TonyD

    Red
    The can’t be denied but he’s always had to be making up for poor players around him, so has to resort to desperate tackles.

    I think you’re being a bit harsh on him.

    Wenger doesn’t do defense and you only have to look at his signings to see that.

  29. TonyD

    Here’s Wenger at his best signing defenders:
    Squillacci
    Stepenovs
    Gygan
    Silvestre
    Senderos
    Upson
    Grondin
    Luzhny
    Silvinho
    Tavlaridis
    Juan
    Hoyte
    Ryan Smith
    Djourou
    Kerrea Gilbert
    Traore
    Jenkinson
    Gabriel
    Holding
    Chambers

  30. Number9

    TonyD

    I see you have a very selective array of defenders there on your list.

    No campbell
    No Cole
    No toure
    No gallas

    So if Kos isn’t our best defender who is?

    ‘Kos was never going to be in the Maldini class.’

    Fucking hell who is?

  31. Colin Decoteau

    He said that he always honors his contracts ,so he’s staying and he will always do what is best for the club,he has also said in the past how much he loves the club,so what’s the need for the end of season review ,if he ‘s going to be there for the full term of his contract(maybe it’s to review new plans on how to con-tinue fooling the AKB,s into supporting this failing regime),and as for doing his best for the club ,i would question that by asking why should we accept what he gives us now as his best ?when in the first ten years of his reign he gave us more success with better players ( and for those wonderful years i thank him) now about his love for the club , if he is not 100percent responsible for the mis management of the club and the board and the owner has let him down ,why would you stay on and watch the club you claim to love be brought from being one time title contenders to now Europa cup dreamers from FA cup winners to caraboa cup wannabee finalist ,or could it be the owner and the board has allowed you the freedom to do your best ,whilst making them a shed load of money along the way abusing the fans undouted love , even if to many are misguided and in so doing claiming honor as the reason for you staying put.WEGNER OUT.

  32. graham62

    N9

    Sorry, had to have my mid morning nap.

    As you well know, in 2005 Arsenal beat Man utd in a penalty shootout after Utd pummeled us in normal time. IF ARSENAL HAD LOST 5-0 THAT DAY, WHICH THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE, THE HISTORY BOOKS WOULD SAY MAN UTD’S WAS THE GREATEST CUP FINAL WIN EVER AND MOST COMPLETE PERFORMANCE.

    OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, ARSENAL’S 2-1 AGAINST LIVERPOOL IN 1971 WAS BETTER, BASED ON THE OPPOSITION AND STAKES. IPSWICH’S 1976 1-0 DESTRUCTION OF ARSENAL WAS INCREDIBLE, AS WAS MAN UTD’S 4-0 WIN AGAINST CHELSEA IN 1994.. WIGAN’S 1-0 WIN IN 2013 WAS FANTASTIC BECAUSE ,ON THE DAY, THEY OUTPERFORMED MAN CITY.

    HOWEVER, IRRESPECTIVE OF MY PERCEPTIONS, IT WILL NOT MAKE THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF DIFFERENCE, AS YOUR MINDSET’S ARE FIXED ON PURELY COUNTERING ANY OPINION THAT IS CONTRARY TO YOUR OWN.

    HOWEVER, TO SAY THAT ARSENAL’S 4-0 VICTORY AGAINST A VERY POOR VILLA TEAM WAS THE MOST COMPLETE CUP FINAL VICTORY IN 62 YEARS(PIERRE’S LIFETIME)IS A LITTLE FAR FETCHED AND SLIGHTLY DELUSIONAL.

    EXCUSE THE OVERUSE OF CAPITALS AS HAVING PROBLEM WITH KEYBOARD.

  33. Emiratesstroller

    Dissenter/Cart

    I am not smearing as you suggest the reputation of Sanchez.All I have said is that there has been turbulence surrounding him and he has been difficult to manage.

    Nevertheless I do have serious issues about players who think that they are bigger than the clubs who employ them and pay their wages. In the case of
    Sanchez it is increasingly clear also that for all the rhetoric about his desire to
    join Manchester City/Guardiola that is clearly not the case.

    Suddenly Manchester United and Mourinho come along at 24th hour and outbid them and the so-called ambition takes a back seat.

    The reality is that football is becoming a pigsty. Ethics are going out of the window.

    You can blame the club,major shareholder and even manager for a lot that is
    wrong at Arsenal, but not I would suggest Sanchez and his agent’s demands,
    which Arsenal are clearly unwilling to meet as seems also to be case with Man
    City as well.

  34. Leedsgunner

    A different manager will bring about a degree of change. However if we want total change we need to completely revamp the Board and bring in a new owner.

  35. Leedsgunner

    I thought it would get a whole lot worse. Still hate to see the club like this. All this after a new stadium, record signing after record signing… those of us who want Wenger Out, are continually reminded to be careful what we wish for — but let me turn the tables and let me ask those who still support the club and manager…

    Is this what you wished for when you lot sang One Arsene Wenger and he renewed his contract last year?