Rumours are heating up around Jardim, with Spanish and French outlets suggesting Arsenal prefer the Portuguese coach over Enrique. He has a contract with Monaco until 2020, so unless he quits, he might come with a fee. He’d make a lot of sense, the guy is understated and over delivers. He’d be perfect, and the career step would be on the ascension.
Chelsea are the immediate threat to this name if he does move, they’re in the market for a new person, and after the ego whipping they took from Conte, they’ll likely be looking for someone who can work in their well-oiled structure. I’d say they can offer more cash to a new coach, but they’re in the same boat as Arsenal. Chelsea operates like a business these days, so £250m net spend is likely off the cards.
If Jardim has any sense about him, he’ll want to work for a club where he has a future longer than 2 years. Arsenal are the plum job, lots of talent to work with, better young players, and the chance to build Arsenal into a superclub.
That said, he might fancy working with a club that’s very serious about winning things.
Either way, I’d be surprised if we don’t have a chat.
Here’s where we are currently:
Free Agents: Carlo, Enrique, Tuchel, Buvac
Contracted, rumoured to be available: Sarri, Allegri, Arteta, Vieira, Rafa, Jardim, Rangnick
Off the market: Nagelsmann
NO WAY DON’T: Brendy, Pards, Big Sam
Lots of movement, I just hope we don’t shit the bed and go for bland on toast.
A game that won’t have a hint of bland about it is the one tonight.
Arsene takes his team to the fortress of death… or something like that. He has one final chance at European glory, his odds are massively stacked against him. The only team to win at Atleti this season is Chelsea. Which means it’s possible, I’m just not sure it’s highly likely.
That said, we dominated the last game, with a bit more efficiency in front of goal, we’d have come away with a scalp. It was only a shoddy error and a hoof that gave Atleti an advantage. All we need is an early goal and we’re right back in the mix. No reason Ozil, Ramsey and Lacazette can’t pull something out the bag here.
It was interesting to read that Simeone planned to go to 10 men before the last game, rolling with 10vs11 in training. That’s mental preparedness.
Let’s hope this evening is an actual event, I can’t be dealing with a sloppy early goal and panic stations.
Give us hope Arsene, be a fucking hero, go out a king!