Big favourite out the running, one hanging around like a bad smell

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Boss

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.

Just kidding.

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

444 Responses to “Big favourite out the running, one hanging around like a bad smell”

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  1. Marko

    Aubergine I was merely pointing out how much of a contrary prick you are. Nipping at everyone’s heels adding fuck all. Quite clearly a waste of space

  2. Aubergine14

    Marko

    I’m merely pointing out how sweet it is you sticking up for your little boyfriend weagle for not understanding the concept of picking a favourite.

    Is it an Irish thing?

  3. Dissenter

    Saw this in bavarian football
    “Paris Saint-Germain have emerged has favourites with bookmakers Ladbrokes to sign Arsenal star Mesut Ozil this summer. The German international – once the Gunners’ record signing when he arrived from La Liga giants Real Madrid almost five years ago – hasn’t featured for the club since sustaining a back injury during the Europa League semifinal second leg defeat against Atletico Madrid earlier in the month. Even though it is just three months removed from when the 29-year-old put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Gunners, Ladbrokes believe there’s a good chance that the playmaker will move on in the summer transfer window”
    The culled it from a website Football.london

    It seems he’s butt-hurt from the Keown and fan criticism. I hope it’s true and he takes a pay cut to go to Bayern or PSG. I’m not holding my breath though. He’s not that type of player. He loves the easy street.

  4. Coach 15

    He’s such a nice chap,male r@pe and suicide insults,now xenophobia,throw in a comment on race and you have the all round bigot.

  5. Dissenter

    Rambo
    The work Hasenhuttl has done at Leipzig is exceptional. It does seem as if he’s leaving them to retire.

  6. champagne charlie

    Hassenhuttl is leaving Leipzig because they wouldn’t offer him a contract extension – with his original contract due to be up next summer. They’ve now parted.

    Why aren’t Leipzig wanting to commit to a future with him?

    That’d be my first question if people wish to link him.

  7. Dissenter

    Aubergine/Northern
    Keep up the stupid act of bashing people on the basis of nationality.
    You’re about to get banned yet again.
    I hope you have your next moniker on hand.

  8. Marko

    He wanted a pay rise it seems. At least he’s an actual manager though. Enrique, Carlo and Emery are currently unemployed there’s no excuses really.

    Payet off injured

  9. Marko

    Why aren’t Leipzig wanting to commit to a future with him?That’d be my first question if people wish to link him.

    Missing out on champions league perhaps

  10. Pierre

    Dissenter
    “It seems he’s butt-hurt from the Keown and fan criticism. I hope it’s true and he takes a pay cut to go to Bayern or PSG.”

    Yep… Let’s sell the player who has created the 3rd most chances in Europe this season….. And remember to score a goal you need someone to create the chance to score the goal otherwise without someone to create the goal you have no chance to score the goal.

    Sounds easy doesn’t it…..

    It’s a pity that our strikers only concerned 10% of the chances özil created… Imagine if it was christiano Ronaldo on the end of all those chances that özil has created…. Özil’s assists would be at record heights and özil’s season would be lauded all over Europe… instead we had Walcott, Welbeck and giroud wasting chance after chance…

  11. Rambo Ramsey

    I just think if we go for Experience, it should be proven winners. Else better to take a gamble on a younger model. What’s the point in hiring 45+ year olds with no success to speak of on their CVs?

  12. Dissenter

    Pierre
    You think having Mesut Ozil on 350k weekly is a good deal for Arsenal?
    The player who’s conveniently injured when needed and goes missing when the going gets tough?

    You seem to love stats when it suits you.
    What about the stat of ZERO games experience for a head coach?
    Anyways, I wrote that it’s unlikely he will take a pay-cut to go else where.

  13. azed

    “It’s a pity that our strikers only concerned 10% of the chances özil created… Imagine if it was christiano Ronaldo on the end of all those chances that özil has created…. Özil’s assists would be at record heights and özil’s season would be lauded all over Europe… ”

    There’s a reason Ozil was sold at Madrid. To put in other words, Madrid preferred to play a winger (Di Maria) in midfield than Ozil.

    Ozil is a luxury player and the Arsenal of today can’t afford luxury players.

  14. Aubergine14

    Dysentery

    Keep going with your verbal diarrhoea son. Your faux knowledge on everything is fooling nobody windbag.

  15. Dissenter

    azed
    I’ll nominate Gazidis, Mislintat and Sanlehi for the nobel prize if they move out Ozil to PSG.
    Maybe Ozil want’s out because Wenger is leaving who knows

  16. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘Imagine if it was christiano Ronaldo on the end of all those chances that özil has created…. Özil’s assists would be at record heights and özil’s season would be lauded all over Europe… instead we had Walcott, Welbeck and giroud wasting chance after chance…’

    Its 2018, Pierre. Wake up from the Coma.

    We had Lacaette and Auba, two of the most prolific strikers on the Planet and Ozil got…8 assists.

  17. Aubergine14

    Marko

    You should just let weagle speak for you at least he knows something about the game whereas your only football experience comes from kicking a potato down the street. No it doesn’t count.

  18. Dissenter

    Pierre
    “Azed
    How about putting behind him a solid disciplined midfield pairing… That might work.”

    It seems you’re driving towards Ramsey-shire
    ‘Hmmm

  19. champagne charlie

    marko

    not money according to club statement…

    “The club are well within their rights not to offer me an extension, but we also stressed that going into the final year of a contract without a clear long-term future plan wasn’t ideal” said Hasenhüttl, who had hoped to stay beyond the terms of his existing deal, which had been due to expire in summer 2019.

    “I thought it was important for the future of the club, and I would have liked to have been given a reassuring ‘yes’ rather than a clear ‘no’. That’s why I asked for my contract to be terminated early. I’d like to thank everyone at the club for an unforgettable time.”

    He wasn’t sacked for his performance this season, he has left because he didn’t have long term stability. Again, you’d have to question why Leipzig don’t want to invest in him long term before saying he’d be good for Arsenal.

  20. Pierre

    Dumbo
    As you know they rarely played together due to ineligibility for games, injuries etc…

    Özil was out early and late season, lacazette was out mid season and Aubameyang only played league games…. So stop acting dumb.

  21. Dissenter

    “You should just let weagle speak for you at least he knows something about the game whereas your only football experience comes from kicking a potato down the street”
    Why reference a potato to make a simple point?

    You can change a moniker as much as you want but you can’t wash the dirty spots off the deranged dog.

  22. azed

    Pierre
    “How about putting behind him a solid disciplined midfield pairing… That might work.”

    Madrid had a solid midfield pairing.

    Also for someone who wanted Wenger to continue, I find this strange. Are you saying that Wenger’s midfield was not solid?

  23. WengerEagle

    Anyone else underwhelmed by Tuchel as PSG choice?

    He’s just a hipster version of Emery if we’re honest, who probably has actually achieved more in his management career prior to the Paris gig.

  24. Pierre

    A chance created is a chance thats either scored or missed….. So if the strikers only converted 10 % of the chances that he created it is hardly his fault…. Put christiano up there and he would have had 30 assists.

  25. Dissenter

    CC
    “you’d have to question why Leipzig don’t want to invest in him long term before saying he’d be good for Arsenal”

    I love the way the analytical aspects of your brain seems to light up on EVERYTHING but Arteta. You diligently apply critical thinking to everything here but you suspend it for Arteta.
    Shouldn’t you question why we are about to sign a manager who has zero experience for the job he’s applying for?
    Just asking…you know …just asking?

  26. Pierre

    Azed
    I never wanted Wenger to continue… Any manager who continues to allow their midfield to play so recklessly deserves to lose their job and I am not knocking Ramsey as he was probably told to play in that manner.. Hopefully the new manager will install the required discipline into the team.

  27. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘Özil was out early and late season, lacazette was out mid season and Aubameyang only played league games…. So stop acting dumb.’

    Says the plank who mentioned Walcott. He has played a lot with Ozil this season hasn’t he. Or Giroud and Welbeck for that matter.

    You really are a spectacular old fool.

  28. Dissenter

    Wenger Eagle
    PSG are all over the place.
    They have appointed every type of manager to handle the club from tested and tried [Anchelotti], local hero [Blanc], hipster [Emery] to conveniently available in Tuchel.
    They do not have any philosophy of what they want.

  29. Aubergine14

    Dysentery

    Try take whatever it is that you have stuck up your arse and lighten up.

    The day an Irishman is offended by a potato would be a very sad day that will never come. It’s called having a sense of humour and giving and taking shit. Try it sometime.

    The question is why are you pretending to be offended you cuck?

  30. azed

    Pierre

    “Put christiano up there and he would have had 30 assists.”

    Ozil played with Christiano and Benzema and did not have 30 assists.

    Try again.

  31. Dissenter

    What do you guys think of Greizmann fitting into Barcelona, if he does go there?
    I think BArxca will be trying to solve a problem that does not exist.
    They have to get Dembele more involved before making big money signings for more attackers.

  32. champagne charlie

    Dissenter

    I’ve been there and done that with Arteta, but I also prioritise what I consider important aspects of a candidate.

    In recent years the level of experience has become less and less of a priority which has seen the rise of the managerial hipsters if you like. Also seeing the demise of old fashioned wanks like Moyes/Fat Sam.

    But back to Hassenhuttl/Arteta… I’d query both for different reasons, but where I don’t have so much of a red flag for inexperience, I do for a lack of confidence in someone to the point a club like Leipzig refuse to extend a deal. So I’m analytical with both, its the nuance you ignore because you’d rather create this idea I’ve a blind spot for Arteta it seems. I don’t, for the record.

  33. azed

    “What do you guys think of Greizmann fitting into Barcelona, if he does go there?”

    If we get Dembele then yes, its good for Barca.

  34. WengerEagle

    Dissenter

    Never can have too many top class forwards in your side, considering that Dembele is more of a creative player than a goalscorer I think that the move makes sense given Suarez and Messi both being 31 now.

  35. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘They have appointed every type of manager to handle the club from tested and tried [Anchelotti], local hero [Blanc], hipster [Emery] to conveniently available in Tuchel. They do not have any philosophy of what they want.’

    This what Arsenal are trying to avoid, which is admirable.

  36. Dissenter

    Wenger Eagle
    I really see Greizmann as more of a conventional goal scorer who does not have the skill set to do more than that.
    He’s not like Suarez that can draw players with his trickery [and cheating].
    He is going to deny Dembele playing time and we all know the lad knows how to go on strike.

  37. Marko

    Keep going with your verbal diarrhoea son. Your faux knowledge on everything is fooling nobody windbag.

    Great football insight as per usual Northern

  38. Dissenter

    Rambo
    I don’t disagree.
    My point has always been that it may be too soon a a job for Arteta.
    I really think PSG should have stuck with Blanc, Unai Emery was waste of time . Anchelotti quit on them so they didn’t have a choice.

  39. champagne charlie

    “I’ll grant you the fact that you wanted Allegri until he was unavailable.”

    Not convinced he’s unavailable, the comments made public have been very image protecting from him and Juve. I still think he’s a major consideration for the job, but I do admit it seems Arteta is being ‘tested’ for feedback at present.

  40. Marko

    you’d have to question why Leipzig don’t want to invest in him long term before saying he’d be good for Arsenal.

    Never said he’d be good for Arsenal I was just pointing out that he’s at least a manager. He’s done quite well recently but obviously not good enough. Again Carlo, Enrique and Emery are unemployed at the moment. No excuses

  41. Dissenter

    Northern
    Throwing words like “potato” at the Irish is no different from posting fried chicken or watermelons at an African American.
    That’s free education for you.
    Wenger Eagle and Marko will probably blow it off but I lived in Dublin and then Galway for a dozen years so I’m sure of what I’m saying.

    Just stick to footie
    Virtually post you make here is a personal attack. It’s tediously boring.

  42. Marko

    I do admit it seems Arteta is being ‘tested’ for feedback at present.

    If that is true it’s honestly failing spectacular you’d agree. Or would you I don’t know. Bar a couple fluff pieces by Ivan’s girlfriend (Pedro) the overwhelming response it seems to me has not been good for a Arteta appointment. Divisive to say the least. Wouldn’t you prefer an appointment that excites all fans

  43. WengerEagle

    Dissenter

    Yeah Suarez in 2014 was different class to Griezmann but he’s up there, his two goals tonight were extremely well taken and he’s been good for 25-30 goals a season at Atleti despite not being an out and out striker.

    Not sure how well he’d fit with Messi actually, not as worried about him playing with Suarez.

  44. WengerEagle

    Stereotypes all have an element of truth, it’s why people can get touchy about them.

    I embrace being a spuddie, all in good fun.

    Doesn’t change the fact that Aubergine is a tetchy old bugger though.

  45. Marko

    The potato stuff doesn’t bother me. More annoyed by an obvious troll who adds nothing to most conversations

  46. Dissenter

    I think Barca need to give Dembele as much playing time as possible.
    He’s the future. They need to get him up to the De Bruyne level as soon as possible. The lad needs games.

  47. champagne charlie

    Marko

    I dont think Arsenal are fishing for what would break twitter, they have their own vision for us patently (hence the changes) and I’m willing to bet they’ll pull the trigger as long as they feel there’s a good chance it can be warmed to.

  48. Leedsgunner

    Griezemann was almost an Arsenal player when he was a youngster at Real Sociedad… the contract was agreed and the player agreed to go… all we needed was Wenger to say yes. He dithered. Griezemann and his reps got tired of waiting and we lost him.

    It’s such a shame…

    A question to ask our new manager.

    Do you have the gravitas and knowledge to attract such players? World class players we were promised when we moved to the Emirates

    Ancelotti, Enrique, Allegri etc — yes.
    Arteta — no.

  49. WengerEagle

    Barcelona will be much better next season, Coutinho and Dembele have really found their feet in the last few weeks with the former now being eligible for the UCL and I’d be shocked if they didn’t try and strengthen the CM in the summer with Iniesta’s departure.

  50. Marko

    I’m willing to bet they’ll pull the trigger as long as they feel there’s a good chance it can be warmed to.

    Are you getting a sense that it’s going to be warmed to? Honestly lets forget all the arguing for a second do you see I’d argue the majority but let’s say a fair chunk of the fan base warming to an inexperienced rookie any inexperienced rookie over some of the more experienced and obvious choices that are available. I don’t. It’s kind of unfair to him too kind of being set up for failure. Because there will be failures along the way for sure you don’t right the wrongs at Arsenal overnight you know

  51. WengerEagle

    Leeds

    You’ve touched upon something important there regarding managers being a draw for high profile talent.

    Arteta is always compared to ZZ and Pep due to them both being the success stories of managers with little experience coming in and having a big impact.

    Difference is, both needed little to no rebuild in their teams. Pep came in to a side with Messi, Henry, Eto’o, Iniesta, Xavi, Puyol, Valdes, Yaya Toure, Abidal.

    Sure he made smart adjustments in bringing in Pique and promoting Busquets but he needed to fiddle with the bare minimum really.

    ZZ similar, walked into a side with Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema, Kroos, Modric, Marcelo, Isco, Carvajal, Ramos, Navas, etc. Casemiro was an important addition as was bringing through Lucas Vasquez and getting Asensio but again, we’re talking minor adjustments.

    Our side on the other hand needs major reconstructive surgery with everyone besides Aubameyang and possibly Ramsey, Monreal and Lacazette being subject to summer scutiny and having question marks over them.

    Going to be difficult if it’s Arteta to attract world class names here.

  52. WengerEagle

    Marko

    Absolutely, in fact it’s actually an important part of Irish recreation to shit talk each other.

    More of a sign of affection than hostility, same for the monstrously ugly and grimey Northern English I hear.

  53. Dissenter

    Wenger Eagle
    “Barcelona will be much better next season, Coutinho and Dembele have really found their feet in the last few weeks with the former now being eligible for the UCL and I’d be shocked if they didn’t try and strengthen the CM in the summer with Iniesta’s departure.”

    Barca were close to signing Jean Michel Seri last summer.
    Sanlehi was in Nice doing the negotiations when he got viciously sacked with a press release.
    I’m surprised that the haven’t gone back for him this summer.

  54. WengerEagle

    Dissenter

    He’s had a meh season at Nice, hasn’t featured as much and hasn’t played as well.

    We’re looking at signing him apparently, wouldn’t thrill me to sign another 5 foot 6 midget that can’t tackle or defend if I’m being honest.

  55. Guns of SF

    Although Im opposed to Arteta I am also worried as to what support he will be given when things go south, and they do go south fast with Arsenal.
    A few losses to the big teams and its knives out…
    He has no pedigree or reputation, so is basically a sitting duck at that point…
    Gazidis is a shady rat. He knows this and knows if he fails, he can duck any responsibility.

    Shit, he might be thinking of his own exit after a year or two…

    Just seems really a huge risk, and the reward wont be enough…
    Ill take everything back if we win the EPL and CL… but we should set our bar high no matter who is the coach.

  56. Dissenter

    Wenger Eagle
    “Absolutely, in fact it’s actually an important part of Irish recreation to shit talk each other.”
    Yes
    It’s not dissimilar to African American using the N-word. It doesn’t take it away from that red zone of language though.

  57. Marko

    Yep Allegri is an obvious draw to potential signings Carlo too with the success he’s had in the past Enrique as well. Even Jardim because his team’s play good football and give youth a chance. I’m not being bad but there’s nothing really a person could point to with regards to Arteta that would make a player join us as opposed to a Spurs under Poch or whoever. Very hard to sell that project when it’s utterly and completely unknown

  58. WengerEagle

    Obviously time to a assess a new manager is arbitrary and is case-by case but gneerally I think 18 months in the gig is a good time frame to make a judgement depending on the team’s progression or lack thereof.

    Same for new players, if they show nothing in the first 1.5 years chances are they are a bust.

  59. Marko

    It’s not dissimilar to African American using the N-word. It doesn’t take it away from that red zone of language though

    We’re not walking around calling each other potatoes. Barely even mention potatoes honestly. We’ve got a McDonald’s you know. Just one

  60. champagne charlie

    Marko

    Absolutely I do, outside of the opinionated internet Arsenal fans are very much in the “ill back him, but not sure I’d pick him” imo.

    In fact even the ardent stroppy bunch on here won’t throw the toys all the way out to begin with.

  61. WengerEagle

    “ill back him, but not sure I’d pick him” imo.’

    Yeah that’s basically where I’m at myself.

    Fuck me just seeing a new face in that dugout will be refreshing no matter who he is.

  62. Dissenter

    We don’t have a choice, do we?
    The fact that we survived the last 4-8 years of Wenger means the vast majority of fans will rally around Arteta.
    I can’t think of any reason why I will want him to fail.

    Arseblog’s title today is “IT’S NORMAL TO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT MIKEL ARTETA’S RUMOURED APPOINTMENT”

    It’s okay for people to question the appointment.
    It is in Arsenal’s interest for these debates to happen, ultimately when the formal announcement is done, we sheath our swords and back him.

  63. Dissenter

    Marko
    “We’ve got a McDonald’s you know. Just one”

    Nah, you lot love MacDonalds more than we do.

  64. Elmo

    Dissenter

    Barca are going for Arthur Melo from Gremio instead of Seri. Long-term successor to Iniesta. Tim Vickery thinks he can make the cut, and has described him as being one of the few young South American exports who can immediately step into top level European football without a transition period or time at feeder clubs.

  65. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    I’m more worried that we are signing serial relegation man Johnny Evans
    And some 29 year old defender from Germany

  66. Guns of SF

    RSPC – seems like we are going bargain basement again…
    I do think the 50M is a red herring – just click bait.

    I would spend a good chunk of our coin on a world class DM and Keeper…
    If we have any left…. make one of the CB a top pick too…

  67. Bamford10

    I can’t believe how pissy people are being on here today. Wenger is gone, gents. Be merry.

    As for the Arteta rumors, OK, maybe it’s not the hire I would make, but if they go with Arteta, they are clearly doing so because they think he’s young, smart and ambitious. If he fails, he’ll be out in a year or two, but we’ll still have good enough players to finish fourth, fifth or sixth. No, it’s not perfect, but no one needs to throw his toys out of the pram.

    I’m going to continue to hope for Jardim or Allegri, but if it’s Arteta, I’ll hope for the best, get behind him, and criticize when appropriate.

    Everybody needs to lighten the fuck up. Seriously.

  68. Guns of SF

    id break the bank for Koulibaly and NZonzi
    that would add much needed steel and athleticism
    Of course – it would cost a lot of coins

  69. Bamford10

    Dissenter

    I think Griezmann will fit in well at Barcelona — much better than Dembele has, IMO. He’s quick, clever and technical. Most important attribute to have to do well at Barcelona, IMO, is speed of thought. Griezmann has that.

  70. Nickw

    Hiring a manager with absolutely zero managerial experience is not just a risk its an insult to the fans who have had to put up with Wenger for the last 10 years. Is it too much to ask that the people charged with running a so called top club actually care enough about their job to hire a top manager. Spurs, liverpool, Man U, Man city and Chelsea have all managed it so why can’t we. Wenger is gone but we deserve some hope now the sort of hope a Simeone or an Allegri would have brought. Not being asked to have blind faith in someone whoese never done the job before. That’s not just optimistic its praying for a miracle.

  71. WengerEagle

    ‘I think Griezmann will fit in well at Barcelona — much better than Dembele has, IMO.’

    Dembele at 20 years of age in a foreign league coming off of a nasty injury early in the season has scored 3 goals and provided 6 assists in just 878 mins of football- equivalent of just under 10 full matches.

    People going way overboard with the assertion that he’s struggled to adapt.

  72. Freddie Ljungberg

    Pep about the upcoming transfer window:

    We will sign] one or two more, no more. We cannot invest… maybe people don’t believe me but we don’t have the money to invest £300m every season.

    We invested a lot of money and will invest less in the future, because instead of doing it in two or three transfer windows, we did it in one. We needed it for the age [of the squad].

    Replace age with quality and this is what we need to do as well. Not saying go out and spend 300 mil but do most of our spending now so we don’t have to drag it out over 3 years getting marginally better each year while our competitors do the same.

  73. Freddie Ljungberg

    The problem with N’zonzi is that he’s 30 and would still cost a fair chunk.of money, better to invest that in a player that’s 22-26 that we don’t have to replace in 3 years.

    Rabiot, Fabinho, N’dombele, Jorginho all better options. Would add Doucoure to that list but he’s more b2b. Preferably we need 2 of these players or similar to finally have a strong base in midfield again.
    Not going to happen though.

  74. Freddie Ljungberg

    Nope, Sweden but live in Thailand now, that’s why I’m on here when it’s deserted:)

    If it was up to me I would replace the whole midfield except Elneny and maybe Jack (HG, won’t get money for him anyway) as backups and bring in 2 of the players mentioned above + Meyer.
    Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil( if PSG really are interested) out.

    Would give us a much more stable middle and still have excellent passers in there. Would probably even make a profit there too that could be spent elsewhere.

    Put more creativity and goals on the wings in the shape of Fekir and Mikhi and we’d be ballin’.

    Pipe dream…

  75. Freddie Ljungberg

    That’s if we’re working within a limited budget, if not put skip Meyer, put Fekir as AM and buy Bailey or Malcom. Even less likely than the above scenario though.

    Like the idea of a Rabiot Doucoure cm pairing though, very Vieira Petit like, in playing style if not raw talent.

  76. GuNZ

    I’ve slaughtered black cockerels down at the local crossroads, cast the runes, read the tea leaves, even consulted the great Snail God, Eduardo, who lives on the avocado tree I’ve been growing from a stone, but still I’m no closer to knowing who Wenger’s successor will be.

    I’d be happy with Arteta for starters, if for no other reason than he couldn’t possibly piss me off more than the flabby-lipped one did. If he turns out to be shit, kick him out. At least we now have that luxury. There’s no way that current squad are EPL winners so it’s an ideal situation on which Arteta can cut his teeth, show us what he’s made of.

    How jolly well refreshing it will be to watch a scenario unfold in which ego takes a back seat.

  77. Emiratesstroller

    The priority this summer has to be in sorting out our defence, which was not
    only unstable but leaked like a sieve.

    No club with any title/cup winning ambition can afford to play the way that we
    did last season.

    It was clear that Cech is in decline and Ospina is at best a second string goalkeeper. We need a new goalkeeper who is first choice for EPL and any other
    key games. By all accounts Leno is the preferred choice.

    Second the club needs to make a decision on its defensive formation. Are we
    playing three or four at back? Also are we continuing with zonal or man to
    man marking at corners and set pieces?

    It is abnormal that we played this season no fewer than EIGHT players in the
    centre back position. This demonstrates the instability in these positions.

    Mertesacker has retired, Koscielny is out until Xmas with no certainty that he
    can play on regular basis in starting line-up and Mustafi is not reliable as a
    first choice CB.

    We need two CBs who are able to play next season the bulk of major league and cup games. Getting this right will cost us a large chunk of our transfer
    budget.

    Mavropanos, Chambers and Holding are all likely to stay at the club since
    they have either just arrived or renewed their contracts, but none of this group
    are in my view more than squad players.

    Bellerin has announced that he is staying at the club so presumably he will continue to be our first string wing right back. We need to resolve who will
    understudy him next season.

    I think that under new coaching regime Kolasinac should be given chance to
    prove himself in left back position. He was rated highly in Germany and started well when he first arrived last season. Monreal is okay as backup in less
    important games, although will need to be replaced sooner or later.

    The central/defensive midfield needs also an upgrade. The main question is
    do we go for a disciplined physically strong defensive midfielder or a genuine
    classy central midfielder who is a playmaker a la Cazorla?

    At the moment we do not have on our books a solution to either position, although I do think that Maitland-Niles looks a prospect to play there. The question is whether he will be ready to play regularly next season.

    If we buy a new midfielder then I suspect that one of Xhaka, Wilshere or Ramsey will leave the club. Most probably it would be Ramsey who is in final year
    of contract. I suspect that Wilshire will sign a new contract.

  78. GuNZ

    And I’m worried about Nougat Boy. I keep wanting to run over to Stamford Bridge at half-time with his wellie-boots if he’s playing in the rain. I hope he’s getting some early nights and not messing around with dirty girls, and I just wish he’d write more often, or pick up the phone once in a while . . .

  79. TonyD

    Northern Central Mainland City

    Nice location Freddie. Only been there once about 12 years ago, but preferred it to Phuket where I lived for 6 months in 1999.

    Was in Bangkok for 5 years before getting married and moving to where my wife’s company is based.

    Are there many gooners on Samui?

  80. Graham62

    ES

    Interesting that Flapianski has become a better keeper since leaving Arsenal.

    Ospina needs to be given a more consistent run in the team.

    Cech is a liability.

    Martinez and Macey could also be given more opportunities.

    Now that Wenger and his cronies are out of the picture, I feel far more upbeat about things.

    It’s a fresh start for all the players and I’m convinced that this in itself will help to generate a marked improvement in players performances.

  81. Black Hei

    End of the day, its all about the money, money, money.

    Signing Arteta as Wenger’s replacement is always about ensuring that we don’t get a coach that demands 200m to “turn us into title contenders”.

    But with an outside chance of making to the champions league.

    In fact the rumor mill have Sven making all the signings before Arteta is even appointed.

  82. Pierre

    One thing that was noticeable last weekend, was that when city scored their late winner and the manager, coaching staff and players were going berserk, Arteta was nowhere to be seen celebrating, even though he was on the bench (well I never saw him anyway)… That sort of tells me that his head was somewhere else and didn’t want to be seen over celebrating knowing that the Arsenal job is a possibility.

  83. Graham62

    If it’s Arteta, which looks increasingly likely, we should all give 100% support for the guy.

    The most important thing in all of this is that Wenger has gone. The stale stench of predictabilty and boredom no longer exists.

    Give Arteta a chance.

  84. Victorious

    Graham62

    surprised to see you back again,could remember vividly announced vividly you were ‘jumping ship’ to fulham?when will you switch off your support again?

  85. Emiratesstroller

    The appointment of Manager [Head Coach] has to be the priority this summer
    along with rebuilding the coaching team and staff.

    As I posted before the staffing was not only stale, but also in my view too large.
    You need a coaching team which takes full responsibility for the jobs that they are supposed to do.

    It seemed to some observers that many of the jobs were more in the “gift” of
    Wenger than actually being needed or productive. In other words it was often unclear what some people were actually doing at the club.

  86. Coach 15

    EmiratesstrollerMay 17, 2018 06:01:50
    The priority this summer has to be in sorting out our defence, which was not
    only unstable but leaked like a sieve.

    EmiratesstrollerMay 17, 2018 07:41:16
    The appointment of Manager [Head Coach] has to be the priority this summer
    along with rebuilding the coaching team and staff.

    Make your mind up fella,you seem a little confused about your priorities.

  87. Graham62

    Victorious

    Yep, if Wenger had stayed, Fulham or Brighton would have been a convenient alternative.

    As it stands, Wenger has gone, Brighton stayed up and Fulham are in with more than a shout.

    A win, win, win.

    Sorry, but after nearly 50 years of club allegiance, another year of supporting Wenger FC would have been a pointless exercise.

  88. Victorious

    sanmi
    “Apparently there’s no reasonable candidate to replace wenger? Really?”

    seeing as you’re the only ‘reasonable’ candidate available,why don’t you put a word in for the job? oh yeah I know why,you’d be rightly thought as a village idiot.

  89. Freddie Ljungberg

    TonyD

    I bump into a few, mostly Man U and Liverpool still, though Chelsea and City is on the rise a bit ,still behind us from what I can see. That will change in the future if we continue like this.

  90. Victorious

    graham
    “Yep, if Wenger had stayed, Fulham or Brighton would have been a convenient alternative”

    hang your head in shame

    comments like this makes you come across as a ‘plastic fan’
    switching allegiance from clubs like its tap or something,you and your likes are only in it for the good times, the moment we are seemingly on a rough path and off you go pledging allegiance to the new flavor in town,pathetic.

  91. Emiratesstroller

    Coach

    One priority is to rebuild the management and staffing at the club.

    The other priority is the recruitment of players within the club’s transfer budget.

    I don’t think that is difficult to understand. Both are entirely different, but
    must be priorities before the season starts.

  92. Graham62

    Victorious

    You said the same thing on here before and I’m not going to explain to someone like you WHY, because you’d never understand.

    If you were prepared to continue to accept the destruction of the club, that was your choice. I, on the otherhand, will not cheer for something that is fundamentally flawed.

    Going to come out with your weak argument for supporting the lads again?

  93. Emiratesstroller

    Part of the problem at Arsenal for a very long time is that there has not been a
    coherent plan whether it is recruitment of staff or players.

    The point I made about staffing is not just my opinion but that of a number of others who know the set up of the club. It was also pointed out to me that our
    Academy programme does not compare favourably with that of either Chelsea or Spurs.

    There are a lot of different opinions on Le Grove about the players we need to
    recruit. Some think that money is no object and that the club should be buying
    an entire new team.

    Realistically the club will have a budget. From what we read it is relatively modest not helped by having too many players on the books with very modest
    resale values particularly when you exclude players which we should be keeping.

    It should be possible for Arsenal to spend this summer up to £100-120 million
    factoring in sponsorship monies, outgoing transfers and cash reserves.

    For that sort of money we should be able to buy a maximum of 3-4 decent players.

  94. Graham62

    @Victorious, haven’t missed your drivel.

    “the moment we are seemingly on a rough path”

    You mean from 2008-2018?!?!

    You’re the “pathetic” one.

  95. Coach 15

    I definitely understand what the word means,and I totally agree with you,but with your posts I was getting confused,having to re read again.
    I would have thought that replacing the manager was the first job on the list,not something that had to be stated.

  96. Ishola70

    So it turned out that Arsene Wenger was irreplaceable as Arsenal manager.

    Gazidis said this to us before so maybe we should have taken heed.

    Legenda Arsene.

  97. Hunter

    I keep reading we only have a budget of £50 million for transfers this summer,so my question is how can you expect a new manager whomever he is to possibly re-build a team with that constraint?
    A world class centre half or DM will cost you that alone!We need a goalkeeper,two centre halves,a world class DM and a winger at the very least,so that’s got to be £200 million out the window.
    Even if he sells some of the squad it won’t raise enough!
    Arteta will be the new manager and he won’t spend what’s needed so it will be the same old Arsenal next season albeit different tactics and ideas.But it still isn’t enough unless we settle for the same finishing position as this season.
    I just don’t get it,we have two Billionares sitting as owners so why restrict it to £50 million?Ok I get self sustainability but this is going too far!

  98. Emiratesstroller

    Coach 15

    “Priority” means getting things done quickly and before the start of next season which is less than 90 days.

    Of course the recruitment of new manager/head coach should be first matter
    to resolve on list.

    However, with an enlarged senior management team of Gazidis, Sanllehi and
    Mislintat it should be possible to deal with all these matters in time.

    A club of Arsenal’s size should be able to “multi task”.

  99. Coach 15

    Stanley has been taking the piss for a decade now,it doesn’t really matter who’s coaching the team,bottom line is minimal investment for profit.
    The only reason they have changed manager was the threat of lost revenue from lack of ST renewals.

  100. Ishola70

    It seems fans are still a bit confused.

    Arsenal are a self-sustaining football club and spend what they generate in income.

    That means no pumping in of money from any other source and that includes owner of self-sustaining football club.

  101. Victorious

    ‘You said the same thing on here before and I’m not going to explain to someone like you WHY, because you’d never understand.’

    why? try me or more likely you really don’t have any explanations to back such myopic opinion of how to be a fan.

    “If you were prepared to continue to accept the destruction of the club, that was your choice. I, on the otherhand, will not cheer for something that is fundamentally flawed.”

    there you go again,nailing your colour to the mast on WHY you’re a glory hunter,you might not realize but there’s always ‘tough periods’ for every club…..dippers,chavs,city,united have gone longer periods without so much as a rubber spoons to cheer for,YOUR LOYALTY TO YOUR CLUB IS TRULY TESTED DURING THIS TOUGH TIMES.you don’t run with your tail inbetween your ass because you think the fundamentals of your club is off

    “Going to come out with your weak argument for supporting the lads again?”

    oh yeah,would be surprised if a ‘plastic fan’ said otherwise.

  102. alexanderhenry

    Hunter

    You’re absolutely right of course

    However, this is how Arsenal fc is run.
    It won’t change.
    it is possible for the club to progress despite the financial constraints. Difficult but possible.

    I’m prepared to back Arteta to begin with. Let’s see what he can do.

    Also, if it goes wrong fans patience will run out very quickly

  103. Emiratesstroller

    Hunter

    The so-called budget figure is £50 Million Net. It does not factor in monies generated from transfer sales and I suspect that the club can spend more if required.

    However, there is no magic money box at Arsenal. We do not have owners like those at Chelsea and Man City who will write out annually cheques for £100-200 million.

    Personally I do think that Arsenal will spend more this summer than the
    so-called transfer budget, because we did not use our net budget in last
    financial year. Our sales exceeded acquisitions.

  104. alexanderhenry

    ES

    I’ll be surprised if we spend as much as £50 million net to be honest.
    You have to factor in a second year of no CL football remember.

    Also, who are we going to sell to generate extra cash? We already sold giroud, the ox and Walcott.
    Ozil won’t want to leave because no other team in Europe will pay him £350 grand a week.
    Players like mustafi and xhaka are now worth a lot less than we paid for them.

    The one player we might get a decent amount for is ramsay but he hasn’t signed and is moving into his final year, so he may hang on and leave for nothing.