Nothing more frustrating than the group of journalists who have real sources, with real information, polluting the Arsenal airwaves with accurate stories dispelling the fact that Thomas Tuchel is NOT moving to us this summer.
Still, the great thing is all the names are still being pushed our way. The club hasn’t come out and stated the manager is going to see through the last year of his deal. Also, Wenger is squirming in the media. Talking to his best friends at BEin Sports, he’s now rolling with the ageist argument, which is quite frankly appalling considering he was famously the man who put players over 30 on 1-year deals.
“The older you get, the more it becomes age discrimination. I accept if the results are not good enough then you have to take the consequences,”
“But overall that perpetual thing of how long you have been at a club and how old you are. I find that a bit difficult to take.”
Also, you can’t judge a career over 22 years. This is sport. You’re judged over 2 years at the very max. That Wenger thinks the things he did 14 years ago should make him safe forever is a sad indictment of his arrogance and entitlement.
Wenger should be marching himself out the door this summer, but he won’t, because like all men in power, the crack-cocaine hit of being important is hard to wean yourself off.
My worry is the board at the club lean into his sentimental bollocks.
However, this summer is different because his ivory tower has collapsed around him. He can’t blame a lack of spend, he can’t blame pitiful wages, he can’t blame a lack of support, he can’t blame going into the last year of his deal, he can’t call this season a blip because it’s worse than the last one, and he can’t blame his best players wanting to leave on anything other than his ineptitude. I mean, that’s before getting into the fact that we’ll be out of the Champions League for a second season running.
The manager is turning the fans against their season tickets. He’s taking talented players and killing their careers. He’s losing the club money by spending it badly, not selling when players are at peak, and not making top 4.
There is literally no rational reason for keeping him at the club. That he’s moved into such a dark place of ageism is a positive thing, because it shows he has no coherent argument.
Some people say it’s unfortunate it looks like he’s being hounded out the club, but look, when a dictator won’t leave on peaceful terms, things get ugly. Wenger should have left after the Hull cup final win. He absolutely should have left after the Chelsea cup final. If he wins the Europa League, that is his last chance to exit on a sort of high… but he won’t, he’ll have to be fired.
I am very sure that the club are ready for this. I just hope we don’t fall into a safe managerial signing. If it’s not Tuchel, let’s make it an equally special name. Allegri is the front-runner, Jardim is second, Nagelsmann/Hassnhutl would be my curveball.
Right, that’s me done. Over and OUT.