Well, if you were heading in to read another Arteta love in, you’ll be greatly disappointed, because I’ve changed my mind.
Bring. Back. Akers.
There was more movement in the press yesterday. The one story that is slightly horrifying me is Brendan Rodgers name and how it’s hanging around betting circles like a bad smell that gets in your lungs leaving eggs that spiders come out leading to a painful death in which you drown in spider laughter.
There seems to be a lot of goodwill brewing for Arteta, I’d hate it if we lost our bottle and offered the most cringe manager in football a way back into the league with a panic offer.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a bad manager, but be real, he had to slink off to Scotland to get his mojo back. Winning a title there is pretty easy on account of next to no competition in the league. They’ve won 7 titles on the bounce. Interestingly, one of my Celtic pals messaged me to say the Arteta signing felt to him a little like the Neil Lennon hire for them back in the day.
Anyway, Brendan Rodgers would be by far the most offensive appointment we could make. He’s a cringe, we’d all start sending shit memes to each other, and our press conferences would become more embarrassing than some of the after-game AFTV shenanigans.
I don’t want him at Arsenal.
Another piece of news that slipped out of Sky was that Patrick Vieira landed a call from the club about the job, and he was disappointed by the call because he felt it was a token gesture.
I can’t lie, I’m over the moon that’s how he thought the call went. If you were really up for the job, wouldn’t you want to get in front of people? Who rocks a phone interview if they want a job? He didn’t even kick it up a notch and go for a Skype video conference vibe. Imagine that, going for an £8m a year job and having to restart your laptop because your screen froze with you looking like you’ve just come up at a Carl Cox closing party. Unbelievable carry on.
Meet for a coffee, make an effort, show you want the role! This is part of the issue you get with explayers, they think they’re owed a living. Maybe I’m being a little unfair, I just remember the outrage of the Class of 92 when the club started dropping hires. Ryan Giggs in particularly really irked me. There were even stories that crept into the press about his lacklustre interview process for Swansea.
Anyway, what this tells you is the process is still on-going. The Daily Mail are reporting that the players have been told it’s 90% likely to be Arteta, again, how ridiculous are these stories… Ivan G dropping texts to kids that he’s 90% certain he’s going to sign Mikel? Please. Players are just speculating like we are, which is kind of amusing in itself.
Here’s my view, the club likely do have a favourite, and it very likely is Arteta… but this move is a risk, and Ivan G can’t come back to the fans and press and say…
‘Hey guys, we spoke to 3 people, two weren’t interested, but here’s Arteta’
They have to do their due diligence. Ivan’s already been caught talking bollocks about his extensive managerial searches when he said last season the club had scoured Europe and Arsene was the best candidate for the club. According to Honigstein, he spoke to Tuchel, who was excited about Arsenal, but then we shit the bed and re-signed Wenger.
Anyway, Ivan has to do this properly. You wait for his press conference, I bet there’s a number involved.
‘We spoke to 16 of the best candidates in Europe’
Because if there isn’t, it’ll look like he’s just signed his mate.
Still, what is interesting is since I penned that Arteta article on Monday, everyone has come out the woodwork to corroborate my theory on him being a visionary signing. This Sammy Lee article really was an eye-opener for the doubters.
Indeed, Arteta’s most important contribution to City has been how he communicates with the squad. More often than not he has been the one charged with taking on board Guardiola’s demands and filtering them through to the players. He was the one who explained to Fabian Delph what was expected of him in his new role as a hybrid left-back/central midfielder.
He has spent hours getting the message across to the centre-backs, spelling out exactly how they need to position themselves on the pitch and how to shape their bodies when they receive the ball. At the end of last year Guardiola highlighted how Sterling’s finishing had improved as a result of extra hours spent on the training ground with Arteta.
Over the years Guardiola has occasionally referred to his “smell”, his sixth sense when it comes to making key decisions relating to his squad; he has used it in explaining why he sold Samuel Eto’o at Barcelona and Joe Hart at City.
And it seems that Arteta has a similar knack; after a couple of big wins this season Guardiola has said that he knew a good performance was coming because Arteta, taking charge of the pre-match warm-ups, and relayed how impressed he was with the players’ efforts ahead of kick-off.
A source close to the coaching staff says Arteta is a “professor”, although he is no shrinking violet, as evidenced when he confronted Lionel Messi in the tunnel at Camp Nou last season, helping to spark a mass brawl.
Everywhere you look, people are leaking that we’re hiring a leader, a fantastic coach and an innovator. Sad times that Mikel managed the City team that beat us. But whatever, I can forgive. Just bring me juego de posicion.
Anyway, the timeline seems to be that the club are rattling off interview this week. That might rollover to the following week if we’re planning on talking to Allegri (though the leaks suggest that’s not on). Then we’re into decision time. Ivan has to go to the board that has no power and tell them that they’re voting for the manager that he, Josh, Sven and Raul like.
Then it’s go go go…
GOOD TIMES PEOPLE!
Just remember, Brendan Rodgers. #NotMyManager