Arsene fairytale very sad + Managerial search and select gets very exciting

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Arsene Wenger’s final game at Old Trafford worked out in entirely predictable fashion.

We lost to a cloggers goal, Fellaini scoring a dirty late header.

We lost to Mourinho, which has been a thing.

Over a decade without winning at Old Trafford, which is shameful. We’ve one once there since 2004 in the league (I was there in 2004)

We stretched our horrific record of not winning away in 2018 out another game.

You can talk about how you were proud of the performance, but you’d be behaving as you’ve been conditioned to: like a total loser.

Arsene Wenger has taken us from a team that were so elite, it refused to lose a game in an entire league campaign, to a club in which the fan base were actually pretty pleased they didn’t concede 8. Where the faithful gushed about only losing by a late goal against an utter dross Manchester United side.

How low have we sunk?

I’m not going to tell you I didn’t enjoy the game, there were lots of positives I could take from the day. I just felt a little empty after.

Arsene Wenger wasn’t misunderstood, my campaign to oust him wasn’t off the mark, there will be no fairytale ending. We’re dealing with the cold hard realities of decline. In sport, no one cares about who you were, it only considers who you are. Arsene is an old man in a young man’s game, he’s a Luddite who overstayed his time in the elite lounge, he’s been indignant about progress, he even admitted as much.

“It was like when you’re driving along the road,”

“You have to be aware of somebody coming up in your wing mirror, trying to overtake you.”

Too true. Now we’re paying for it, as is Wenger’s legacy.

I wanted him to go out with a bang, but he’s going out in utterly humiliating fashion. The fans don’t care for him, the players aren’t interested in playing for him, and his legacy has been so damaged, the first thing people will say for years to come is…

‘Well, which part shall we talk about, pre or post-2004’

There are some positives though, and I do want to wax some lyrical goodness on a couple of players.

Firstly, AMN. That boy is my new drug. I’ve been calling for him in the middle of the park since he burst onto the scene. He landed his chance there and he was immense. He played a box to box role and he was electric. We knew he had the physical attributes our midfield has been crying out for, what we weren’t sure about was whether he could play. Boy, did he show us how he could play. He’s a thinker, building plays before the ball arrives, he’s strong, he looks level-headed and he has that recovery pace you need to play in an Arsenal setup that’s clueless about cover. He was really good today and looks the real deal. Get that man a proper coach and watch him fly.

Mavrapanos made his Premier League debut, he’s the first real signing off the Mislintat era. The Greek defender put in a rock-solid performance. He looked comfortable on the ground, he was strong in the air and he gave the team confidence. I really was excited to see him in the team. One for the future, no doubt. Still not quite sure why Sven is eyeing Sokratis this summer, unless he’s like a very expensive Remi Garde to help bed in Mavrapanos?

The bad eggs were still there. David Ospina is the goalkeeping equivalent of Graham Poll, when things get heavy, he makes it all about himself. Flapping for crosses, faking an injury, making unusual decisions. He really is a bang average keeper. An elite name would have kept that Fellaini header out, no doubt. Who do we start away in Madrid? A tough decision. We have two badly out of form keepers.

Xhaka is another horror show of a player. I called it this week amongst the buzz around his paper stats. Context is king, there’s a reason people on the internet don’t work with data. The Swiss doesn’t cut it. He nearly found himself sent off for two dopey challenges (the Sanchez stamp was nasty), he gave the ball away early on, and his slide tackle was atrocious for United’s first goal. Even his assist was a product of him giving the ball away earlier in the move. I’ll take it, but let’s not whack skippy over a bit of good luck. He doesn’t have the pace, concentration or desire to defend to make it with us.

On the positive side of things, I think we can all agree that Mikki is a good player. His goal was great, some of his touches were incredible, and his silky runs were a sight to behold. I really like him, hopefully he’s available for the game this Thursday.

The key conclusion of the Old Trafford day trip was predictability. You knew what was going to happen. The team are mentally weak from top to bottom, the players don’t truly believe in themselves because the club has no philosophy, and the output is nailed on. Moving forward, you might grow to miss that, because the new person we’ll sign will have a different approach. We’ll lose at Old Trafford again, no doubt, but we’ll go there armed with the right thinking and the right players. Arsenal is about to enter a new era built for the big occasion. I for one, cannot wait.

On the managerial front, there’s a German forum that reckons Nagelsmann is off limits this season as he has a tight contract. He was fishing for attention from big clubs as an ego push because he’s basically a child. That thought runs counter to the Guardian article I posted yesterday that says Hoffenheim won’t stand in the way of a super club. Also, be real, this is a tiny German club, we have enough money to make it worth their while if we do go in that direction.

Rapha confirmed the story.

Then this:

Sarri’s Napoli totally bottled Serie A losing 3-0 to Fiorentina, with Simeone’s son bagging a great hattrick.

A manager I was all over earlier in the year – one Ivan spoke to last season – is now facing the sack. Ralph Hassenhutl will not be getting a new deal after failing this year. Amazing how quickly your stock can drop. Leipzig now looking at the RB Salzberg coach, Marco Rose. The same club has an assistant who started life as a blogger… not that I’d ever throw my name in the ring for Arsenal, but Ivan, if you’re reading, let’s fucking do this bruh.

Jokes aside, remember I was all over that Dortmund fitness coach (who had Klopp’s team firing), Oliver Bartlett, who is another guy who made it into the Red Bull mix back in the day. There’s no doubt, if you want a Sporting Director to lift the playing side, that’s Ralph Rangnick. What a beast.

There are reports coming out of Spain that we’re interested in the Shaktar coach, Paulo Fonseca. Balague also thinks we’re interested in Bielsa and his old assistant Berrizo.

Don’t be put off by the people dropping out the race, the club are in a great position to hire someone incredible. Conte, Sérgio Conceição, Tuchel, Tedesco, Favre, Carlo are all still available. I still worry that we’re going to jump for the Italian who turned down the Italian national team because he had a club in mind.

My big worry is Patrick Vieira. My gut feel says if we go curveball, it’s Arteta. My head says we should be going for Jardim.

Let’s see where this managerial game goes… but damn, take a moment to lap this up, the dream is no longer a fantasy. We’re really f*cking doing this… what a moment.

Also, be aware, the club hasn’t made a choice. There are so many names because they want the world to guess. We’re taking our time and it appears there are favourites, but everyone is still under consideration.

See you in the comments, listen to our podcast, I have two old school Le Grover’s on this week, SalParadisenyc and Dan Ahern. Tune in.


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Champagne charlie

More interference for Kroenke, shocker.

Hiding behind the “self sustainable” bollocks now I see, funny how that’s relevant when it suits. Stan didn’t have to pile money into the club, but what stopped him assuming the debt?

Could’ve easily paid that back and avoided us having to sell a big player year after year. Adebayor, Nasri, RvP etc all sold because we had to balance books first and foremost. Abramovich, Mansour and the rest would’ve taken that burden off the club, and certainly off the playing staff.

Champagne charlie

Haha sell a CM/CB and buy an attacker. Just what we need!

Here’s hoping we win games 7-5 next year with that strategy


Ozil, who is on wages well above his ability level

Ain’t that the truth


I get what you’re saying about replacing Sanchez but I do think we have enough goals in the side for next season ….I would expect aubamayang and lacazette to score minimum 20/25 …mhkitarean 15/20 …Ramsey 10/15 ..ozil 10 (if we’re lucky ) ,welbeck same…
Probably being a bit optimistic but that’s anywhere between at the least 70 and max about 100.

I agree with you about the midfield ,maybe try and nick wanyama to play with nzonzi and you have a really solid midfield who can both mix it and play a bit.

Kunle Akintayo

Le-Groove you talk as if y0u know it all, but I bet you don’t even know anything, I won’t be surprised that you get all that you want for Arsenal and at the end of the day we get relegated at the end of 2018/2019 season, you are too negative and apart from Wenger people like you are really part of the problems, transferring your negative energy to everyone and everything around the club, why don’t you go support spurs and leave the real Arsenal supporters alone.


Bamford, The fact of the matter is Stan was happy to see his investment triple whilst presiding over the club decaying competitively every year since he took over. HE is the one who kept giving the fraud extensions and now that he has seen the error of his judgment HE is the one that has to put back some of the massive profit he has made by owning Arsenal BACK into Arsenal for Arsenal to regain its place amongst the top football clubs in a Europe. So please stop with your narrative about this “model” that exists at the club.… Read more »


Pierre, See, I think thats way too optimistic. People tend to assume every player will have their best ever season when doing this. Auba is certainly capable of 20 PL goals, if he has an amazing season maybe 27/28. Mykhitaryan in top leagues averages about 8 goals. Ramsey averages 6 PL goals per season in the last 5 years. Ozil averages 5 goals per PL season for AFC. Welbeck similar. So if we play a 4-2-3-1 with these guys, we are looking at 44 goals. Not to mention that Ramsey just being in a midfield 2 unbalances the team massively… Read more »


Lacazette ….20 at least .

Can see a lot of alternating positions next season with the front 4 aubamayang,lacazette ,mhkitarean and ozil. …..just need a solid midfield base behind to protect the back 4 .



Hate to agree with you but you’re right about Cazorla. He’ll be 34 during the middle of next season. He’s out of contract too. There’s no possible way we give him a new deal. Malaga are about to get relegated from La Liga. I think it would great if he’s able to return there and help them get promoted.


Your CIt’s also tough to take but also a fact that Enrique and Allegri will require a big transfer budget. Unfortunately, Arsene has left the squad in a disjointed shape. This is down to 3 things: 1) Older players that cost a lot or are on big wages. These include Aubameyang, Cech and Koscielny. 2) Big transfer spend on average players who won’t get the same return if we sell them. These players include Mustafi and Xhaka. 3) Young talented players who just aren’t ready to be playing frequently. These include Maitland-Niles (although he’s very close now), Nelson, Mavrapanos and… Read more »



I agree that Wenger has left us in a bad spot, but how do you KNOW that we can’t dig ourselves out of this spot except by way of the owner writing checks? How do you KNOW that we can’t dig ourselves out by way of the funds available to us via the operating model?

Further, if anyone has a grasp of this, it’s Gazidis and Sanllehi. If they think we’re doomed without the owner putting some money in, I imagine they’ll tell him this. Right?


Lol Fekir for 35m. Realistically speaking, if we’re trying to sign him after the WC(assuming he futures), the figure will be closer to 100m. If it were up to me, I’d directly swap Ozil for him. Remember we’ll have to negotiate with Aulas. Good luck with that.


On the positve side, we have the following:

1) Mertesacker, Cazorla leaving will free up some money. Maybe Wilshere and Cech too.

2) If we keep Ramsey, there’s a lot of goals in this squad between Auba, Laca, Mikki , Ramsey and Ozil.

3) There should be some decent increase in sponsorship deals, even if our marketing team seems to be far behind some of our rivals.



Lacazette is going to score 20 from the bench?


Bamford, Wow ! Really ? So you’re saying you’re not bright enough to see that the playing staff of this football club is ageing, unbalanced, over payed , not very good (vs our peers at least) ? If you KNOW the above then you should be able to conclude that the sums just don’t add up ? We need to spend a minimum of £200m to just get back amongst the top 4, who are we going to sell to raise 100-150m ? As for your mate Gazidis “telling” Stan to cough up, I’d like to think he kinda done… Read more »


If you want to see a model of an American owner that knows what he’s doing, look no further than John Henry’s management of Liverpool.
John Henry had definitely improved the club and didn’t dither when needed.

Kroenke is clueless, self-sufficiency model or not.
His passive cruise controls approach has rendered this club a shadow of what it used to be.


Exactly. With all the the rebuilding that is necessary, why would anyone give an extension to Santi Cazorlas contract


Gambon lol
We will see lol…he’s scored nearly 20 this season and missed a quarter of the season and been hooked off most games with 20/25 to go plus he will be one of our 4 front players. Not a substitute lol

Anyway you know that lol.


Let’s analyse our CM options. Ramsey isn’t a CM. Jack is a goner. That leaves us with only Elneny and Xhaka as our senior CMs. Elneny is clearly a backup, doesn’t earn much and is clearly staying. We need atleast one DM and possibly two if you don’t rate Xhaka(majority of us). Assuming we sell Xhaka for 25-30m, we’ll have to buy two MFs. This is where Meyer is coming. He allows us to get atleast one 50m MF. We can buy Kovacic or Fabinho. Let Meyer and AMN fight for the another CM position with Ramsey and Elneny as… Read more »


Who is Fekir, is he a footballer, what Country is he from, what language does he speak ?


As for Meyer, his interception numbers are higher than Kante’s and he makes around 2 tackles per game, which would be as many as Ramsey’s, our best tackling MF. Of course his numbers are helped by tedesco’s system and Goretzka. What should also be noted is his attacking game has been heavily limited because of the same reason. His take ons went from 3.5 in his debut season to 0.6 in this one. Though he’s a bit lightweight, he covered almost 13km in a game and is fairly tenacious. He’s been asked to keep it simple offensively and has done… Read more »

David Smith

Odds on Allegri reportedly falling, for whatever that means


Football fans (in our case, Arsenal fans) tend to look at their Club historically as a sequence of managers – the Chapman years, the Bertie Mee years, the Graham years, the Wenger years. But a closer look reveals that a far more significant factor is the ownership. They are the true dynasties. No surprise in this: a good owner hires an efficient manager who gets the desired results. With an elite Club (like Arsenal) I believe that means genuinely competing for titles and awards, and to do this consistently, Otherwise the Club ceases to be elite. Stan Kroenke says that… Read more »


Allegri would be such a sea change, hard to envision the overhaul and outlay it would take to get this side into his stout 352 formation or double pivoting in 4231 with whose on hand.

Attempting to gauge whose coming in or going out with all hinging on who new manager is and what system he’s bringing along is like swinging sticks at Pinatas on the Mezcal.

David Smith

I hope so Dave!


I am afraid that this so called self-sufficiency model can’t sustain itself. Look at those years while we were still in top four, our team is getting weaker every year. Now that we are out of the Championship league, Our team will be less attractive to sponsorship deals. TV money will also reduced. The share price will drop. The owner can’t afford to let the team slipping even further.
I am sure that the owner and his advisers will do something to correct this situation.


Lol Bamford and his Kroenke interference team on overdrive. It will shock you to know that since Kroenke took over, he hasn’t tasked Wenger to win the EPL not once. He’s a clueless fxker who thinks top 4 is enough season after season. It’s not even the money part, it’s the part he’s played in enabling Wenger. SINCE 2013 (post austerity years) WENGER HASNT BEEN TASKED WITH WINNING THE LEAGUE.


Seems Arsenal has offered Wilshere an improved deal. The Mirror says the proposal would see the England international paid “in excess of £100,000 a week,” and he is understood to prefer the option of staying to work under whoever the next boss turns out to be. Championship winners Wolves have emerged as contenders to sign Wilshere as they prepare for life back in the Premier League, while there is also reported interest from Everton, Juventus and AC Milan. But the Mirror says Arsenal “have not given up hope” and “know it would be a hugely unpopular move to let him… Read more »


…maybe wilshere can be coached into being good? Anyone? No…? 🙁


Mysticleaves Do they …don’t you mean the “fans” who want him gone are the same “fans” who want all the other players who came through the youth system gone . Iwobi , bellerin, Wilshere and soon it will be Nelson, Maitland niles, willock, nketiah. The Wilshere we saw earlier in the season up until the Chelsea league cup semi was playing well but his form has taken a downturn in recent weeks , that doesn’t make him a bad player and if he signed a pay as you play contract with an option to sell him if it doesn’t work… Read more »


I know the usual muppet suspects here will disagree, but the ceremony and pomp the club is planning for Wenger is nauseating. There is no reason to go into details; we all know what a shit show the club is and a club that is unrecognizable as an elite force. What’s more upsetting is that Wenger would have continued for as long as he could get contracts. He only cares about himself and his ego. They should have just told Wenger to leave when they announced he was being succeeded and left Bouldy to continue. After all Wenger made a… Read more »


Wilshere getting a larger contract offer could well mean that we won’t sign a CM in the summer. Xhaka & Ramsey as the starters. AMN, Elneny & the Wilsh sharing the minutes when Aaron is injured/rested.
Arsenal love to address a position by committee.

Interesting how Jack was presented with higher offer once AW announced that he was leaving. This smells of the club keeping him because it’s cheaper to pay him an extra 20k or 30k per week instead for forking out 30m & similar wages to a new player


There is far better than Wilshire out there. No reason to keep him and pay silly money for his salary for a player you know will need rests and eventually be on the treatment table again.

I would trust Sven to find a younger and more talented, robust player with something to prove.


Tony D

The club is generally cautious & cheap.
I know many are singing the praises of Allegri. He’s a fine coach, but I believe we need a manager of who can work with younger players. Jardim/Tuchel will suit us better for the next two or three years.


To compete for or win the league we need to spend some serious money unless the new manager can do a George Graham and organise the team defensively especially through the middle. Maybe the fact that Wenger has always played with both full backs high up the pitch, leaving the central defenders exposed had not helped matters though that doesn’t excuse Mustafi’s propensity for diving in and committing himself instead of staying on his feet. Will be interesting to see if Holding and the Greek lad get a run or if Kolasinac and Bellerin can be solid at the back… Read more »


Until we hire our next manager, I doubt we will offer anyone new deals or sign any players in the market. Wilshere, Fekir rumors are just that, rumors. I don’t expect Wilshere to stay at Arsenal now that Wenger is leaving.



We’re in the era of attacking football in the PL. Having a watertight defensive setup isn’t enough anymore. Our away goalscoring record is poor & anytime we play a top side 6 side away in the legaue/Europe, we don’t score more than one goal.



“Sanchez was one of the top producing attackers in world football, we now have a combo of Welbeck and Iwobi on the left wing contributing about 6 goals per season, vs Sanchez’ 24 goals.”

bit of an exaggeration, no? Welbeck & Iwobi will start on the left IF Aubameyang is ineligible for the game, and IF Mkhitaryan is injured. otherwise they’re 3rd & 4th choice there.


Arsene Wenger has taken us from a team that were so elite, it refused to lose a game in an entire league campaign, to a club in which the fan base were actually pretty pleased they didn’t concede 8. ” This mentality more than anything else is the reason Wenger had to go. He’s been lowering the bar to excuse his shortcomings for years and years. 4th place is a trophy.(gone now) At least we finished ahead of spurs(gone now). At least we are in the UCL every season(gone now). It’s really a study on how naive people can be… Read more »


re Jack – would be very sad to see him go as he’s easily the most talented player we’ve produced in my time as a fan. that said, if his departure means more minutes in CM for AM-N I’d be good with that.



Lacazzete, PEA, Mikhi, Ozil,Welbeck – I think we are well covered in attacking areas. Iwobi is the one who I am not convinced about at all. If we replace him with a quality winger, we are sorted there. That we struggle to score goals away from home is down to our poor midfield.


I wanted him to go out with a bang, but he’s going out in utterly humiliating fashion.”

Nobody but himself to blame. Greed is an amazing thing. He greedily signed an extension with a raise after finishing 5th 18 points back of Chelsea with claims of “rejuvenation”.

Any but the most idiotic saw right through that. His “rejuvenated” self has us 36 points back of the leaders(twice the gap of the previous season).

He knew he had no answers but he cashed in on Arsenal anyway.

Fork him!


Lacazzete, PEA, Mikhi, Ozil,Welbeck – I think we are well covered in attacking areas. Iwobi is the one who I am not convinced about at all.”




Yes, Welbeck is a very poor goalscorer but he can dribble, physically rubble defenders and has good movement. I know not many rate him but if he is used smartly he can be very handy.

P. S : Who would be your pick for the new manager?


*ruffle defenders


P. S : Who would be your pick for the new manager?”

Personally I like Alegri, Jardim or Simeone.

Tuchel and Enrique as second tier.

Nagelsmann, Arteta and Veira aren’t on my radar and I think would be mistakes at this stage. Maybe for the future though.


TR7 We’re still short a first XI winger w/ dribbling, pace & a final ball along with a wide forward with a good shot volume (Son, Salah type) in our squad. You add the likes of Nketiah & Nelson who can get some cup minutes, then we’re finally stacked. I want us to be an outstanding offensive team first. We should aim to be a side who can go to any ground in the country & be able to freely create chances. AW has lost his attacking touch & we don’t have enough pace plus penetration in our squad. I… Read more »



“I think many of our fans are underestimating our offensive shortcomings.”

we have a lot of offensive talent. Aubameyang’s inability to play EL combined with Wenger resting Ozil etc in the league means we haven’t really seen our true offensive potential. agree a dynamic winger would be ideal, but think Lacazette & Auba might be given time to see if they can play together first.


“bit of an exaggeration, no? Welbeck & Iwobi will start on the left IF Aubameyang is ineligible for the game, and IF Mkhitaryan is injured. otherwise they’re 3rd & 4th choice there.”

So we’ve been desperate for a top CF for years, and we sign one then put him on the wing? Makes sense.

Mykhitaryan will mainly play wide right, so irrelevant here.

A front 4 consisting of our current options wont score enough goals, simple as that.

We need another goal scoring option, and a very good one at that.


Mancini will be the new manager of Italian national team. I think he would have been a good fit for us as well.


“The harsh reality is that there will be very few elite level coaches that will want Xhaka in their squad let alone as an ever present.”



Mancini got the job? Might mean that Ancelotti is sure of landing a club job, seeing as he the job was his, if he wanted it.


Jack Butland to replace Cech?

Why not.


All for getting rid of Mustafi but not for Jonny Evans.


Totally agree re Xhaka. If we’re playing a 2 man midfield he has to go, any top manager would recognise his lack of athleticism. If we play 4-3-3 Ozil has to go. If we play 4-3-1-2 he may work, and lazy Ozil would fit that system, but again I think hes just a substandard player. I would much rather have a tactical DM that tackles and fills in tactically when FBs go forward. For some reason Wenger has never cared about this and it costs us so many goals. Fabinho would be a monster in this role. Also a high… Read more »



There will be a managerial merry go round in the summer. Arsenal, Chelsea, Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayern and PSG might/will change managers. Carlo is very likely to land one of those jobs should there be any opportunity. He is keeping himself in the mix I reckon.


i would like to see us play a few games lined up –

Ozil – Mkhi – Auba

with Auba in the old Henry position. not saying it’ll definitely work, but would like to see it.



We’ll need either two ball winners, two passers or combo of both for CM spots to support that front four. Rules out Ramsey, Elneny, Wilshere.


If Wilshere isn’t going to cost too much, and as long as there are break clauses if he keeps getting injured, I’d keep him. He’s never lived up to his potential etc, but let’s be honest, the money in football now is obscene. Andre Gray and Kevin Wimmer were £18m players. One is a striker who doesn’t score goals and the other is a defender who doesn’t stop goals. That means Wilshere in the open market would probably be £25m or more. I don’t think he’s good enough for my dream starting XI, but he’s not the weakest link in… Read more »


Mkhitarayan, özil, Aubameyang and lacazette will definitely score enough goals,just need protection behind them.


Butland >>>>Leno

shaun ellis

Xhaka,Mustafi,kos,chech,eleny,ospina,wilshire and iwobi all need to go immediately as they are just not good enough or too old to change their ways.Kos =critical game changing mistakes as part of his game now and has to go ,same for Cech and as somebody else mentioned a top goal keeper would have saved the fellani header and I have seen to many goals where Ospina has been wanting and I say the exact same thing………..Xhaka and Mustafi are just joke business and fucking redicluess to be honest .I would chuck chambers in as well as we need to generate some cash and… Read more »


I really think that Guardiola could transform Welbeck to be another good winger. He has the correct physical attribute. That said, we really need the next coaching stuff to be able to improve our players.


Arsenal being linked to assistant coaches now
Who’s next?
Kermit the Frog ?


It is interesting how the contract situation at Arsenal has changed materially since the start of this season. At that time I expressed concern about how many contracts of players were due to expire in June 2018 or 2019. It applied to more than half of the squad. That has changed clearly with departures, new arrivals and contract renewals. Mertesacker and Cazorla who are both in their 30s will come off the payroll this summer. Mertesacker has announced retirement and I would be very surprised if Cazorla with ongoing injuries gets an extension. Wilshere is now the only other player… Read more »