Arsenal fan fears stoked by horrible link, here’s why I wouldn’t worry

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Hoffenheim's manager Julian Nagelsmann gestures during the Champions League qualifier, second leg match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Sunday morning one and all!

I headed down to the stadium yesterday to pay my respects to the past, I’m gutted I won’t be there to wave the big man goodbye today at the West Ham game, I reckon it’ll be a bit of a party.

I’m pretty sure there won’t be empty seats in the ground for this one. Fans are gearing up for an emotional goodbye in the warm April sun. I hope it’s touching, I hope everyone goes all out for the ‘one Arsene Wenger’ and I hope he feels positive about the team’s reaction over the next few games.

A lot of managers are currently being linked as his replacement, and I think there’s inevitably going to be a lot of panic in the air around Gazidis and co making a shocking replacement. I’m not sure I’m so worried about that, this being the new optimistic Le Grove.

I think the signings that worry the fans the most are Luis Enrique, who did some great stuff at Barcelona but didn’t quite set the world alight like Pep G. There’s also the fear that any half competent manager with that side could win it all. I think his relationship with Raul makes him a candidate, I’m not sure his massive salary cap keeps him in the mix. But who knows…

The other manager people are worried about his Brendan Rodgers. He’ll be the plum choice for all the British tabs who think being British is some sort of achievement or skill. They’ll point to his record at Liverpool being good, and his stellar work at Celtic. Again, can’t have that. He bottled the league with Liverpool in horrendous fashion, then tanked the next year. Add to that he’s now manager at a club Phil Brown could dominate with.

The guy is also a cringe-machine. Sure, he’s not a bad coach, but is he really going to outthink Pep G? Is it really worth the club hiring a manager half the fanbase has zero interest in? Why would Ivan add pressure to his decision by bringing in a manager who will have the boo boys in at the first sniff of trouble? The same journos telling us he’s a great coach were the one’s telling Gooners to be careful what they wish for last year. Their opinion is null and void. I’ll be sending them cease and desists this afternoon.

Hopefully the CEO won’t go there, but there’s no doubt Brendy will be getting a phone call. I think the club have enough time to do their due diligence. I’d imagine he’ll shank the interview by talking about himself in the third person.

I’m still firmly of the belief that Ivan is going to have to make a compromise with the fans. He’ll want a manager who will fit into his carefully crafted infrastructure, that means plucking someone young from the tier 3 or tier 2 managers (see here for tiering info), but the fans will want a tier 1 manager. If he hires an Allegri or a Simeone, he’s going to have cede power to a reputation, if he hires in Arteta, Thierry or Paddy, he’s piling on risk, which is why I think he might land in the middle. Jardim is the perfect fit if you’re taking this logic.

I was wondering if Nagelsmann fits into tier 3 or 2. I think, given his experience taking Hoffenheim to the Champions League, he could sit in tier 2. He put on a big show yesterday against Ralph Hassenhutl in the race for top 4, he’s a tactical genius, he knows how to build out a defence, and he’d be a sexy balls-out signing. We also know Ivan loves a German coach after all the ferreting about there last season. A bit of a worry over whether a 31 year old can work with WC winners, but if the ideas are on point, who cares?

A friend did make an interesting point yesterday, that a clue of where Arsenal might head, could be anchored to the past. If the new manager is to gel, he’s going to have to have someone internally who can vouch for him, otherwise, it’s three totally new people working with another new person. That’s why Enrique is a contender. But we’ll see, certainly a very interesting point to consider.

At core, no decision has been made, so don’t get too worried that we’re talking to managers you don’t like. All you need to know is, whatever happens, it’s going to be more fun than watching Arsene Wenger’s brand of miserable football for another two years, and I’m convinced the club are going to do something big… no Koeman’s, Löw’s or Carlo’s (on the German, even if we wanted him, he’s at the World Cup until late July. He’s not a contender. Thank the lord).

Ivan has the chance to rock The Emirates with new and exciting brand of football. He has the chance to imprint his thinking on the club and make a true impact like he’s never been able to make before, and that’s damn exciting.

As exciting as Spurs dropping out of their 8th FA Cup semi-final in a row? As exciting as Pochetino talking about his team like he’s on the way out? Yes, as exciting as those things. Imagine if we pinched the Argentine as our next manager?! That’d be hilarious… what a coach he is!

Right, I’ll leave you to the game today, have fun, enjoy the moment, and remember good times are coming soon!

Also, check this video…

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Jasongms

Hmm lacazette doing the business.

Dissenter

Bamford
You awe Laca an apology for the way you diss him around here.
Wenger was right to give him 90 minutes. Our Europa cup chances ride on him.

steve

Pathetic cunts singing One Arsene Wenger.

steve

Emirates Stadium the mecca of deluded Akbs.

Jamie

Difference between Welbeck and Laca is that Laca requires far fewer chances to convert goals than Welbeck.

Dissenter

No problem with some section of the crowd singing “one Arsene Wenger”.
They can sing their hearts out, only two more home games.

Bamford10

Again, Lacazette with another finish in the box. Great. But we need more than just that. Look, for example, at what Aubameyang has given us since coming on. He can score all of those goals in the box that Lacazette finishes, but he also gives us pace, running, and dribbling. For me, Lacazette is unquestionably second-choice, and I still don’t think we need a £52m second-choice striker.

Jasongms

One Arsene Wenger, only one Arsene Wenger and thank the gods for that

TR7

Bamford

Laca is a well rounded striker. Even in the last game you were criticizing him all along and he came and changed the game. He has done well today as well and scored 2 goals. You start criticizing any forward who doesn’t have electric pace as if that’s a must for a player to succeed. He can link up, dribble and score. Good enough for me.

steve
Bamford10

Dissenter

I owe him no such apology. I have always said he can finish. My issue is that he doesn’t do enough else.

Victorious

chav cunt
‘Pathetic cunts singing One Arsene Wenger.’

Have an ideal,why don’t you fvck off and take your limited I.Q to a chavs blog,you disgusting piece of shit

steve

Lol at all the cringe worthy signs at the stadium.

Buckhurst Gun

Corrrrr Steve give it a rest , if you don’t like the singing turn it over for God’s sake

Let me guess – you’re gonna watch every second of the interviews after whilst posting here your disdain for everything wenger and the players say

Dissenter

Bamford
“DissenterI owe him no such apology. I have always said he can finish. My issue is that he doesn’t do enough else”

You can make the same case about Auba. He doesn’t do much else than finishing chances too.

HighburyLegend

I can’t see us kick out Atletico, as the second tie is at Madrid. The reminder of our awful defensive performance at Moscou gives me the chills.

steve
Bamford10

TR7

Who is our first-choice CF, in your opinion, Lacazette or Aubameyang? For me it’s Aubameyang, without a doubt. He can do everything Lacazette can do but he also has pace and can get in behind. Who is your first-choice and why?

Bamford10

Dissenter

Not true. Aubameyang has pace and can get in behind.

Bob

4 goals conceded by England’s no.1

HighburyLegend

@steve : it’s over man, he will leave this summer, didn’t you know ??

Jeff

Good win in the end. Took a while. All eyes on Thursday.

Bob

Without Jack wilshere arsenal will find it hard to win games

DaveB666

Slightly flattering scoreline – but all the well known flaws were there to see.

Hopefully those classless fcuks at Stoke will have championship football next year!

gonsterous

Wenger should’ve been told to leave immediately

don’t push it. who’s going to manage till the end of the season ? bould ?? give me a break…

HighburyLegend

“only one Arsene Wenger and thank the gods for that”
Indeed lol

Only Vicuntious could disagree with that.

gonsterous

Without Jack wilshere arsenal will find it hard to win games

hahahahhahaha, surely you mean without ramsay…

Rambo Ramsey

One Arsene Wenger;

There’s only One Arsene Wengerrr.

Bob

I think monreal has scored more goals this season then Jack wilshere has in the last 2years.

Buckhurst Gun

Great , now bob is here

Bamford10

All’s well that ends well, I guess, but that was very far from a great performance, obviously. As I said, Lacazette can finish if played the ball in the box. My issue with him is that he doesn’t do enough other than that. Others disagree. That is fine. Let’s see what he can do Thursday night against a good team. Cheers, all.

Victorious

wonder what Bob’s contribution will be on here when Jack finally fvck off this summer,amost as interesting as to what we’d expect from a new manager

TR7

Bamford

I would play PEA on the left wing and Laca through the middle. I think both the players have attributes which can help our team. PEA’s pace and Laca’s link up play can complement each other. Of course both of them are good finishers as well. If we were to play only one striker I would choose one of them depending on the style of play of our opponent. I don’t understand your constant dissing of Laca though. If you look at his game without any pre conceived notion, you will notice he has many good attributes.

JAMES WOOD

Bamford.
I think your problem at what you think about a player
stems from your expertise on Collegiate football.
You know those big hunky speedy guys running really fast
up and down without really getting anywhere.
Reading you on here i don’t think your really au fait with
the finer point’s of being a professional footballer.

DaleDaGooner

When is steve gonna be removed from this blog? He’s a pant stain on here

Bob

Ramsay has scored more goals this season then wilshere this life time.

DaleDaGooner

Wonder what steve would talk about next season. The chav will be exposed

Jasongms

Stoke being relegated would be the icing on the cake

Wallace

only Salah, Kane, Aguero & Sterling scoring at a faster rate than Lacazette(158mins per goal) this season. not bad for a middling first season.

Rambo Ramsey

I’m sorry but minutes-per-goal is a dumb fvcking statistic.

TR7

AW: “I’m happy when our fans are happy. I’m even ready to suffer to make them happy. If sometimes they make me happy as well, I take it.”

TR7

Giroud just can’t stop scoring.

TR7

AW on why he’s leaving now: “I made a statement, that is basically all you need. Overall, I think it’s not the moment to come out on that … I will speak about that a bit later in my life.”

JAMES WOOD

Yes the book.

gonsterous

giroud is a good player but he loves to score against lower opposition. he stats pads up when the opposition is shit. can’t see him scoring against a Manchester side when the team needs a goal…

Wallace

“I’m sorry but minutes-per-goal is a dumb fvcking statistic.”

not as good as goals scored obvs, but one of the better ones after that…

gonsterous

laca is an improvement on giroud. he’s got better pace, he’s a better finisher and he’s link up play is on par with girouds. Giroud only beats him when it comes to winning headers

Wallace

cracker from Giroud

gonsterous

I should have put a “his” somewhere in there, shouldn’t I ??

Bamford10

No, James, that has nothing to do with it, and you’re working with a tired and outdated idea of American football. Not to mention I’ve been watching the international game for thirty years now. Please take your tired stereotypes elsewhere, thanks.

Take me back to Highbury

wonder what Bob’s contribution will be on here when Jack finally fvck off this summer,amost as interesting as to what we’d expect from a new manager

I am very excited about what I expect from the new manager.

I expect we will get top 4 and win Europa.

I expect players performing at least 50% better

I expect emirates to be alove

Bamford10

TR7

Yeah, I think Aubameyang would be wasted if played wide; and I think if you played him wide against a top side, he wouldn’t show well. He’s ultimately not a wide player. Not good enough in close spaces, not quite clever enough with the ball at his feet. For me, Aubameyang is first-choice through the center. Lacazette second choice. To each his own, I guess.

steve

Wenger doesn’t want to talk about it because it wasn’t his decision. He was SACKED

zaco

Bamford10 April 22, 2018 14:40:10 All’s well that ends well, I guess, but that was very far from a great performance, obviously. As I said, Lacazette can finish if played the ball in the box. My issue with him is that he doesn’t do enough other than that. Others disagree. That is fine. Let’s see what he can do Thursday night against a good team. Cheers, all. …………………………………. it’s like saying Aguero is good striker but doesn’t score more with his head or that a defender is good defensively and nothing more. Lacazetts job is o score goals, it is… Read more »

TR7

Bam

‘Not good enough in close spaces, not quite clever enough with the ball at his feet. ‘

Exactly why he is not the undisputed first choice striker for me. Yet you have been trying to portray him to be far superior to Laca.

gonsterous

make monreal captain next season. he’s been our most consistent player. Also all the players seem to love him. somebody better not disagree with me 😉

raptora

No one saying a good word for Auba’s good pass to Ramsey and the Welshman’s 1v1 vs Zabaleta for our 4-th goal. Ramsey made Lacazette’s goal with that dribble.

Jim Lahey

@Gonsterous –

I would have no problem with Monreal being given the captains armband, he can’t be any worse than Kos to be honest.

James wood

30 years Bamford well you should have really taken a bit more in.

And on another note stop repeating yourself it’s a bad trait
and it will not make you right.

Jim Lahey

I think its pretty obvious at this point that we need to play both Lacazette and Aubameyang together up front, they are playing so well together, imagine what they could produce with more time together.

Jim Lahey

Also I am going to throw my hat into the ring and state I would like Nagelsmann to come in this summer.

Dissenter

Fabian Delph has to be one of the first names on the England squad. He’s versatile, can play 2-3 positions well.

TR7

Wenger: I was not tired. I believe that this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England. Our fans didn’t give the image of unity I want at the club. That was hurtful.

Wenger sounds very aggrieved at being pushed out.

steve

“Our fans didn’t give the image of unity I want at the club. That was hurtful.”

Haha I wonder who’s fault that is.

Take me back to Highbury

I expect the emirates to be alive with hooe and excitement. I will even go as far to say that with the new manager we will challenge for the league next season. I am that confident that it Wenger was the biggest hinderance for us doing anything of note the last 14 years. It will be a completely different team next season. Mentally. Physically. Tactically. Everything. So I am expecting great things next season But I wont be disappointed if we don’t do as well as I say At least I have hope and excitement for next season now for… Read more »

raptora

I mean the team was day and night after Auba went in for Iwobi. Drastic quality difference in there. If olaying Auba + Lacazette means that we have 1 trash player less, than yes its not ideal, but it might be the way. Hopefully this summer we get a real quality winger.

Danny

Sanchez versus Giroud in final.
Wenger is such a cunt.

izzo

Ozil need to be sold this summer. What is this the 6 time he’s been “sick” and not playing. What in the actual fuck!!!! Highest paid player isn’t playing due to illness. Is this coward actually a footballer? Whoever comes in needs to get rid of this coward asap. What a fucking weirdo!!! I cannot fathom how anyone likes the guy.

Take me back to Highbury

Raptora

That would be one of my highest priority signings

At least 1 better yet 2 top wingers.

Dissenter

It’s a good thing that Welbeck hasn’t revived his career.
We should see him off before the world cup. I’m afraid he may get injured and be unsellable. His contract expires next season.

Marko

Laca and Ramsey full 90 minutes. Ozil rested. Auba made the difference when he came on

Jeff

“The fans did not give me the image of unity I want all over the world and that was hurtful because I think the club is respected”.

True to form Arsene, still blaming other things for his own failures. It’s the fans’ turn today for not showing unity. In other words, he’s asking why we’re not all AKBs.

Marko

As I said, Lacazette can finish if played the ball in the box. My issue with him is that he doesn’t do enough other than that.

Literally the only thing that matters with a striker is can they score can they finish chances. I agree that Auba is first choice going forward but you try too hard to discredit a player you’re just not keen on.

James wood

Well Jeff .
It’s took him 22 years to come out with a statement like that.

Simply amazing the length this guy goes to not to take any blame at all.

Marko

Wenger: I was not tired. I believe that this club is respected all over the world, much more than in England. Our fans didn’t give the image of unity I want at the club. That was hurtful.Wenger sounds very aggrieved at being pushed out.

Not quite the classy guy people think he is seems quite spiteful. No doubt he blames ageism as the problem and it was the fans clearly to blame our unity affected performances. Thankfully he reminded us of why we should be grateful the nightmare is coming to an end

Jeff

James, it is why he never left and in the end had to be sacked. It was never his fault. He did not accept any blame for anything. He was perfect, it was just everyone and everything else that went against him. The bloke has issues over and beyond Arsenal – it’s just unfortunate that we got caught in the cross hairs of a madman.

Rambo Ramsey

Aaronramsey has scored 58 goals for Arsenal. The most by a central midfielder under Arsene Wenger. Cesc Fabregas is 2nd with 57 goals.

James wood

And of course he is going to want a Testamonial.

One greedy leech.
10 years of catching up to do.

alexanderhenry

Regarding forwards, let’s not forget we had a player far better than either lacazette of Aubamayeng not so long ago: Alexis Sanchez.

Versatile, able to play centrally or wide, hard as nails, not injury prone, outstanding technique, could finish and most importantly, could do the unexpected.

Even under suffocating, anti football philosophy of Mourihno, I predict Sanchez will be one to watch next season.

David Smith

Interesting you are ruling out Carlo A so readily. Only say so because of a multitude of stories,earlier in the year suggesting Wenger would step down this summer and Carlo was on standby, supposedly turning down other jobs and moving to London, it that’s true. Wouldn’t rule out CA for two years plus one of paddy, Arteta, heaven forbid Thierry alongside him being groomed, yes I know that is a horrible word. With the players they have, they need an attack minded manager, with worldwide contacts, who can also coach and organise the defence, one one to bring some stability… Read more »

Dissenter

The point differential with city is 33 points
The goal difference between city and us is 53 goals.

Dissenter

Why does Wenger want to divide the fan base with his exit?
His fan boys wont let us forget that it was fans that “drove him out”. They will forget that we were battling for sixth place 33 points behinds the champions in the week he was fired.

Pierre

RR “Aaronramsey has scored 58 goals for Arsenal. The most by a central midfielder under Arsene Wenger.” Good stats for a central midfielder …. How did you think Ramsey played today . Up until the last 15 minutes I would have put him on the same level as Iwobi today .5/6 out of ten ,both wasteful in possession and kept falling over the ball …nice assist from Ramsey , he does seem to get stronger as the match wears on, has great stamina and usually plays his best football in the last 15 minutes…..xhaka was far and away our best… Read more »

R.S.P.C.Arsenal

He’s a beaten man : sort of feel for him.

steve

Wenger always wants to make it all about him.

Pierre

“The fans did not give me the image of unity I wanted, and that was hurtful because I think the club is respected all over the world”. Why does this Wenger comment cause offence to many on here…it’s actually a truthful comment , whether or not he is totally to blame is debatable. Personally, I think he is partly to blame for overstaying his welcome but the image of the club has been tarnished by a minority who became obsessed with him and felt it was our God given right to at the top of the league or thereabouts and… Read more »

Take me back to Highbury

whether or not he is totally to blame is debatable.

Really?

Take me back to Highbury

Tarnished the club,

Not the 6-0, 5-1, 6-3, 8-2, Bham, Blackburn,Bradford, 15-3 v Bayern, losing to Swedish pub teams, Forest, Sanago, denilson, bedtner, 4-4, 4-0,empty seats etc etc etc

No, those results didn’t tarnish the club.

It was the “minority” of WOBs

You couldn’t make it up

Carts

Dissenter

“How do you spend 22 years in English football and we can’t find not even one assistant manager who’s worked under you go on to make a name for himself.”

This is so true and damning.

Pierre

Any idiot would know that if a manager has been at a club for 20 years there will be dodgy results and players during that time…even Alex Ferguson has seen his side take many heavy defeats and losses to lower league sides. …these do not tarnish a club , they are part of football .

Do you think city losing to Wigan has tarnished the club or United losing to Bristol city a few months ago….

Take me back to Highbury

City just won the league by Jan

Don’t think anyone cares they lost to Wigan

United isn’t on 14 year of embarrassing losses.

Won 2 trophies last season.

Take me back to Highbury

If you think it’s the fans that have tarnished the club and not 14 years of embarrassing results and embarrassing players and embarrassing Wenger pressers, I cant help you

Carts

Pierre You’re being disingenuous again “Personally, I think he is partly to blame for overstaying his welcome but the image of the club has been tarnished by a minority who became obsessed with him and felt it was our God given right to at the top of the league or thereabouts and dismissed the winning of trophies as worthless and chose to cause unrest at the club .” The increased apathy among fans stemmed from the fact that year after year, we never ever looked like mounting a challenge, contrary to whatever nonsense Wenger had you believe at the start… Read more »

Take me back to Highbury

You need to remember that this is the man who refused to sign one outfield player during that memorable summer. I mean, how does anyone excuse that madness ?

Was the “minority of wobs” fault.

Emiratesstroller

At match today. Still a lot of empty seats particularly at club level. I thought I saw that Patrick Vieira was being shown on screen also attending today’s game. If correct that would be interesting. Someone who sits near me suggested that he had heard from senior people at the club that Louis Enrique is favoured to get job. Of course we know that Arsenal are very good at smokescreens. The game in first 80 minutes was pretty mediocre. West Ham came with clear intention of being physical and bully us. Referee seemed ambivalent to that scenario. Monreal scored a… Read more »

Marko

Personally, I think he is partly to blame for overstaying his welcome but the image of the club has been tarnished by a minority who became obsessed with him and felt it was our God given right to at the top of the league or thereabouts and dismissed the winning of trophies as worthless and chose to cause unrest at the club . He’s partly to blame. Fans frustrated by a lack of a title challenge in 14 years and angry about the last two seasons are to blame. Of course you would think that. Oh and I’m assuming the… Read more »

Marko

Yeah the image people have of Arsenal football club these days is one of a team who can’t compete domestically are a joke in Europe and are hilariously stupid for sticking with its manager for so many years when it’s been obvious to everyone else that he wasn’t good enough. That image has nothing to do with a minority of fans. Also minority? It’s a bit more than that it’s those minority that didn’t turn up to games that broke the camels back

HillWood

Even a London Derby
Glorious weather
The start of the Wenger leaving party
Could not attract a full house today
No atmosphere until it was obvious Arsenal were gonna win
The defence all over the place
And people wonder why there needs to be change ?

Marko

I thought I saw that Patrick Vieira was being shown on screen also attending today’s game. If correct that would be interesting.

Doubt it there’s an MLS season taking place. Also that’d be obvious af