New manager in the mixer, but can a failure work?

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Finally, we have something more to talk about than the golden 4-5 managers I’ve been tracking these past few weeks. Spanish media has linked us with the Basque manager Unai Emery, who has departed PSG after failing to move them to the next level in the Champions League.

Arsenal fans are starting to come to terms with the reality that Allegri is a dream that might not have much reality to it. I have no basis for saying that deal is dead outside the fact he still has unfinished business with Juventus, his press mutterings indicate he’ll be there next season, and his sporting director saying he thinks Juve will come to a solid agreement when they speak this summer.

FOOTBALL IS MAD FAM, so don’t rule anything out, but I think he’s a sexy damp dream too far this season…

That means we have to be real with what’s available on the market, and also start to tune ourselves into the brief that Ivan’s hawking around Europe…

  •  Rejuvenate a club that’s lost its way
  •  Bring a broken squad together around a new footballing philosophy
  •  Be an actual coach: instilling discipline, tactical awareness plus out and out winnertivity™
  •  Do a lot with a little: purse strings will be tight blud
  •  Suck it up in a management structure where you’ll not have full control
  •  Sell Ospina

That’s why Emery is interesting. The man beat Madrid with Almeria (more here) leading them to a top half of the table finish. He consistently took Valencia to 3rd place. No one talks about Spartak Moscow. Then he took Sevilla, a selling club, won 3 Europa League titles in a row, the last one beating Liverpool in Klopp’s first half season. He’s a deep thinker, super pragmatic and his best work has been with teams that are in the shitter, or just skint.

One of the big critiques of him at PSG is the players didn’t care for him. He was deemed passive.

‘There is no fear of rebuke for poor displays or selfishness as a significant chunk of the first team will be picked no matter what. As a result PSG lack any semblance of rigour or discipline and players dally in possession and struggle to find any intensity.’

Arsenal is a mess, but we’re still bigger than Sevilla. Could Emery manage man-monsters like Ozil?

Or, do issues like this sit at the owner’s feet? PSG pride mega names over the proper casting of personalities. Remember, not even Carlo – the master of egos – could manage effectively there.

The other question is: if he can’t make PSG European Champions, how is he going to make us special?

This is something I think about a lot (twice a day at least), management is a flip of a coin at the highest level. Pep G has fucked the Champions League twice in a row for City, and he never made a final with Bayern Munich. Does that make him a bad manager, or just unlucky? I also think there’s something in the idea that PSG might be so dominant in Ligue 1, they lose their edge when they play a proper team because they’re coasting most of the season.

This is the madness of football, because he failed badly at PSG, fans won’t want him. Though take a moment to look back on PSGs style of play this season, it’s hard not to be impressed, until you realise they dropped £300m on talent to win a league and a cup.

Anyway, back to the list of items CEOs look for in a modern manager:

  • A footballing philosophy the CEO and the fans can buy into (which is why I’m amazed Mourinho is still at United)
  • A coach who has the charisma and passion to transmit that vision to the players (which is why all the Twitter muppets who used ‘pashun’ as a derogatory snipe at English fans are eating their hat now every hipster manager is a touchline gangster)
  • A leader who can make the players better, get bums on seats and elevate the club in a saturated global football market (which is why you’re increasingly seeing stable managers who win ugly moved on for the folk who are a little bit more ambitious about putting on a show)

You’ll have to let me know whether you think Emery can deliver on the above.

Finally, before I go. There was a lot of debate yesterday after I gave Mesut a roasting online. My take on his agent’s comments are as followed.

Keown has won 3 PL titles. 3 FA Cups. A Euro trophy. He’s an Invincible.

Who the f*ck is his agent to plough into an actual legend of the club?

Mesut Ozil isn’t a legend. I don’t care about his POTY with Germany. I don’t care about his chances created record. I don’t care about his World Cup win.

He’ll always be a luxury player who never really delivered on what we wanted. He’s not a warrior. He’s rarely been a leader (though he’s shown he can be both the latter when he fancies is). He almost never shows up in the big games. He disappears in the second half of every season, even when he’s rested.

I find it amazing that on the one hand, we’re complaining that our strikers don’t get any service, and on the other hero-ing Mesut as a chance creator. We literally have two of the most potent strikers in Europe lining up for us and we’ve lost all our away games this year. Which is it? A lack of finishers? Or a lack of service?

Back to Mesut, he has no right to pop off at Martin Keown, who certainly doesn’t have had the talent of the German, but he had 10x the heart, 10x the commitment, and the trophies to back it.

There has never been a question around Martin’s dedication, the man has never taken a day off before the season was out for a sore back, he’s never ducked an away leg at a team that might kick him, and though he may have kissed the ring of Wenger over the years and been an enabler, it’s mostly because he’s so desperate to impact the team he loves.

If you don’t quite comprehend why Martin Keown is a more important player than Mesut Ozil, you never watched him.

Keown is a legend. Also worth noting that even when his career was coming to an end, he’d have been working with the younger defender, passing on the knowledge, helping them through the Invincibles season.

Ozil doesn’t measure up for Arsenal. World Cups don’t matter in the debate about Ozil. Messi and Ronaldo, two of the GOATs, have never won the World Cup.

Too many people just don’t get it… Mesut doesn’t care about Arsenal. Europe knows it, that’s why no one bar Arsenal made an offer for his services.

He’ll always be remembered as a supremely gifted talent that didn’t have the stomach to elevate Arsenal.

That’s me done, see you in the comments.

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Porto has. Celtic has.


I’m over the moon that we’ve seen the end of Arsene. Next season could go horribly wrong or it could be a success but for the first time in years I don’t have an idea how its going to go. That in itself is exciting.

For the guys who defend Wenger its time to live and let go, and for those who have disdain its the same. Nothing lasts forever and ultimately those who wanted him us, we got what we wanted.


Everybody knows that. No other team has done it since.


Juventus went undefeated in 2012

Champagne charlie


There’s nothing about you that suggests arsenal fan. You’re a weirdo that prides himself on downtalking Arsenal and Wenger.

Pick up a book or something, your input is noise.


Porto, Juventus and Celtic have all gone undefeated since 2004


Porto has done it twice since 2004. In 2010/11 and 2012/13. Celtic did it last season.


I totally forgot about Juventus. You are right.



You’re clueless saying no teams has done it since 2004. 3 teams have done it, one of them on two different occasions.

“No team has done it since” lol.


Well I mean top leagues, I don’t consider Portugal and Scotland as in Europe. You might as check African league in that timeframe.


The invincibles team is not even the 2nd greatest PL team in history.

1. Man City 2017/18
2. Chelsea 2004/05
3. Arsenal 2003/04


Steve I don’t think you are an Arsenal fan with that last post.


LMAO at the Muppet’s feeble attempt in discrediting the invincible’s achievement of going the season unbeaten,makes them look complete plonkers as if there was any need for that.


Is Arteta underwhelming to people because of the potential of hiring other managers?

Yeah this. With Enrique and Carlo available and Jardim, Allegri, Nagelsmanm and someone like Marcelinho attainable hiring Arteta seems for lack of a better word desperate or ambitionless. Also he doesn’t deserve it. Like honestly what has he done to deserve a job like that?


Lol akb cunts putting way too much into this whole his unbeaten thing. With their r*tarded logic a team that draws 38 games and are probably relegated has a more impressive season than a team reaching the 100 point mark.


Benfica went undefeated in the 70’s and came SECOND! as did an Italian team lol

Champagne charlie

Genuinely don’t see what this Steve plank offers the platform. I’m all for varied opinion, but where’s the opinions beyond totally undermining Arsenal at every turn and lashing out at “akb cunts” and the like.

Seems like a total mismatch for an Arsenal forum. If there’s one place for a guy NOT to belittle Arsenal, and particular devotees, it’s an Arsenal blog.

Seems fairly apparent Steven is a fan of another side and gets his jollies off being a wum. Whatever boosts that ego champ


Little p,

“Ufraud.. Will you be supporting Arteta if he gets the job.. To be honest I can see you throwing another 4,000 a season down the drain.”

Read my message again Mr intelligent.


So you don’t find joy in Arsenal going a whole season unbeaten.


The same people that constantly moan about Kroenke being a terrible owner on here are the same one’s championing Arteta. That makes zero sense. If Arteta is hired he’ll be the owners puppet. Supporting Arteta for manager is the equivalent of wanting a Yank making all of the clubs decisions moving forward. Let that sink in for a minute.


Champagne charlie

You fully supported a manager who was undermining Arsenal for years…plonker.


Your Comment Here


All this AKB and WOB is dead, its finished but gotta ask looking at some of your posts Steve.

AFC clearly don’t give you any joy, why bother? On one hand you get fans saying that AKBs put Arsene before Arsene but your no different. Your doing the same thing with these jilted jibes.


“Masssive relief that Wenger has now left the building.”

Indeed… do you noticed some of his very last words post-match ??
“We need two or three additions and after that I believe that the club will compete for the Premier League.”
“I wish to everybody in MY club the best for the future”
“…the club today is a strong position”

Unfuckingbelievable till the very end…


This blog makes me laugh. The divide between club and manager is beyond belief.

I’ve never known anything like it.

Its done and dusted now, time to move on.

Arsenal fans always find a way to argue about something, if it isn’t where you’re from (hertforshire, to London, to North London, kent) always find a way to disagree on who’s the proper fan, haha.

I haven’t looked forward to a season in ablut 7 years.

Next season is literally the first since then.. cheer up for fuck sake.


Arsenal, the 4th richest football club in the world, are going to hire a manager who has never managed?

Please tell me this is a joke of some kind.

Also, he was a shit player most of the time.

How much more insanity do we have to endure?



I’m not championing arteta but to be a shit player doesn’t equate to shit manager. there are a lot of world-class players who turned shit managers. hoping for allegri but if it’s the other way round then all I can do is to keep supporting and hope for the best


Steve is just a weirdo who lacks proper football knowledge which explain why you hardly see him discuss football proper on this blog other than attacking Wenger and akbs. try and engage him in a football related discussion and you will see him revert ypto type


*Arsenal (typo from earlier)

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