Arteta hype kicks up a gear

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We’ve moved into the final stretch of the hiring process.

Well, that’s what people will have you believe.

The internet at this point is a massive guessing game. Everyone wants to be the person that announced #WelcomeMikel. I’d take all of the nonsense with a very large pinch of salt. It’s clear that now there’s a favourite, and people are just looking at that and making educated guesses so they can say they landed there first.

I’ve no doubt Mikel is front of the queue at this time, but I have my doubts that he’s signed, sealed and delivered.

We’ll see though, the embarrassing desperation people have to be seen as ITK is quite incredible.

One article that really did get my back up was the one doing the rounds on Again, clearly there aren’t many journo’s who have an inside line on this deal, the club are playing their cards close to their chest on this one, so that either leads to people saying little or simply making it up.

Goal went all in, stating that not only had Arteta been hired, he was actively culling coaching staff and was responsible for the firing Head of Medical Services, Colin Lewin. Because he didn’t like him!

I went on a bit of rampage about this story yesterday, and they’ve changed it. It was really sloppy journalism that was sensationalising a manager who likely hasn’t even signed on yet.

Just to be clear. The new manager will have ZERO say on the clubs choice for medical services unless we’re hiring an elite manager with the qualifications to have a valid opinion. The club did not get rid of an all-conquering manager, simply to replace him with another all-conquering manager. Outside that, does anyone really think someone desperate for a new role would be making demands to sack a well-liked club medic as his first port of call, based on feelings? It’d not only be daft, it’d be incredibly petty.

The person in charge of firing anyone in the performance arm of the business is Darren Burgess. I’m not sure of exact reporting lines, but my guess is he’ll be feeding directing into Raul. The Spanish Sporting Director type figure will be in control of that side of the club. He’ll likely be responsible for hiring in the coaches. Our new manager will likely have a selection of names he can bring with him, but the team will be small. The club need to own the setup, so when a manager goes, he doesn’t bring the whole backroom staff with him.

Sven will also have his own group of staff that report into him, I’d guess mostly scouts and maybe some data analysts.

The club is moving towards a new model, and that’s been clear from last October. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, we’ve been writing about how proper clubs build out their infrastructures and we appear to be following a more modern path of decentralised power.

I find it really poor that when your one job is writing about football, you still can’t get it right.

One person who does get it right is David Ornstein, he wrote yesterday that the deal isn’t done yet, and there’s still an outside hope that Allegri is in the running. He also made note that all candidates will have been told of the transfer targets, and have agreed with them. As someone pointed out, when you’re looking for a new job, you’re unlikely to say, ‘fuck that mate, those names are shite.’ The rumours are we’re looking at a centre back, a holding midfielder and a world class keeper.

Another agenda item I want to quash is that the club knew they were going to hire Arteta, they’ve just gone through the process of speaking to people for the sake of it. Firstly, we haven’t hired anyone yet, secondly, I think that’s another guess from people disappointed in the prospect of hiring in a manager they know nothing about.

Remember this, United have hired 3 exceptionally experienced manager. Two out and out winners. One being Jose Mourinho. They’ve spent £600m and they’re still shite, finishing a mile off the top of the table, playing garbage football, getting knocked out of the CL by Ben Yedder, not knowing how to play with Sanchez, Lukaku and Paul Pogba. A ‘big name’ is a feeling of security, it’s not a guarantee off success.

Anyway, a fairly short post today. I’ll be back tomorrow, in the meantime, just remember, 16-year-olds on Twitter do not have a direct line into the club, insiders have been so off the mark the whole way through this process, so take their exclusives with a pinch of bollocks, and don’t believe anything that says people are already being fired by a manager who hasn’t been signed.


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No problem.

I was only highlighting the fact that @Victorious was questioning your loyalty and knowledge of the club based on your number of visits to Highbury and The Emirates. He was sort of gloating about his numerous visitations which he assumes make him a more knowledgeable fan. What a tosser.

Sorry if I confused you.



Absolutely comical own goal in the Lazio vs Inter game.



I hope people understand that Mislintat and Sanllehi’s job do not extend into the dressing room. They are going to steer clear of the coaches job.“

Thank you for educating us ignorant plebs


“I hope people understand that Mislintat and Sanllehi’s job do not extend into the dressing room. They are going to steer clear of the coaches job.“Thank you for educating us ignorant plebs”

I made the comment because people keep saying that Sanllehi and Mlinistat will be there to “guide” or “help” Arteta. My point is that there wouldn’t be diffusion of responsibilities. You took the statement out of context, there were other conversations that led up to it.


The new jersey looks shyte


Anyone watching the Lazio vs Inter game?


Probably one of the best games I’ve seen all year long.

Guns of SF

I hope the away shirt is better and has good luck symbols all over it

When do we get the sleeve sponsor?


Get dick Emery in …


Guns of sf

Stonewall on the sleeves would be a good idea


Not going to dash to get this top, that’s for sure…

Just read that Wenger is supportive of Arteta taking over. Thought it had the Fergie/Moyes situation written all over it. Shame we end up with a rookie, as most managers would easily upstage Wenger with the same squad.


I still can’t believe Arsenal will appoint a Manager who has never managed a single game.


Arteta hasn’t made 50,000 substitutions even …

Guns of SF

Speaking is shirts
Any news on the latest deal with adidas or mike? Last heard that nike is back in the mix

I think a lot of this has to do with who we pick up in the summer and which company wants to get behind us

Hopefully we can get a good deal about 40 plus and then the sleeve sponsor

We are going to look a Ligue 1 side soon to get more money with a ton of sponsors on the shirt lol

Gazidis needs to work on the revenues streams like a mofo the next few yrs

Guns of SF

“Of” shirts

Relieable Sauce

Evening proles.
Not much changes around here I see.

Pedro still desperate to absolve Ivan of all responsibility.
Punters still ravenous for something to pin their misguided hopes to.

No surprise CA quit. Always thought he was one of the smartest posters on here.

Relieable Sauce

“Films, football and above all, gambling…”

Relieable Sauce
Relieable Sauce

The brilliant, the outstanding, Mark Passio.

Listen and learn or ignore and remain ignorant…your choice.

Relieable Sauce

For those who are not ignoramus’.

Relieable Sauce
Relieable Sauce

Yeah Cesc appeal was good

Relieable Sauce

Perhaps CA is wrestling with the paradox of studying a set of laws (mans) which are essentially irrelevant…???

Morals are constant. Lawyers are incentivised to be moral relevatists and therein lies the problem with humanity.

What do you call 10 000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?…

: /

Guns of SF



What concerns me about the reports of us signing Dortmund’s CB are that it would be on a 2 year deal.

So basically if he’s good for us his contract situation becomes a problem after a single year. This doesn’t seem clever at all.

Surely 3 years is the bare minimum you can sign a first team player for


That two year deal is the most arsenal style of mismanagement ever

Wenger might be walking out the door but the goons remaining need to use their fucking heads if we’re going to be smart moving forwards

Guns of SF

Marko are you in the us?


“Don’t know which is worse”

Maybe this :
“Unai Emery has emerged as a shock last-minute candidate to take over as the new Arsenal manager.” ?? lol


It seems PSG are not interested in Wenger as DoF.

If Wenger fails to get a role he considers worthy of him, by the start of next season, I wonder how he will spin it.



Wenger will not “get a role he considers worthy of him” because the rest of the footballing world knows he has long past his sell by date.


Wenger has such an absurdly high opinion of himself that any future position he gets will be way above his abilities. PSG?….are they run by lunatics? Surely not.


That two year deal is the most arsenal style of mismanagement ever”

Wenger knew he was done and knew he wouldn’t be able to turn the titanic around. He greedily signed on knowing he wouldn’t see it through. Idiocy and greed all around.


In addition, I would say that personally wenger can run real Madrid….as long as he clears his desk at the emirates and doesn’t return in any managerial/administration capacity..

Jim Lahey

Under no circumstances should Wilshere be offered a new contract, the man has lived off his hype for the past 10 years while contributing nothing to the club. He is the very definition of “nicking a living”.


He is the very definition of “nicking a living”.

So the perfect Arsenal player over the last 10 years

Jim Lahey

I thought with Wenger gone the club would move away from extending contracts for sentimental reasons. It seems like we are the only club in Europe where if you join and keep your head down you can making a living for 10+ years without having to actually earn anything.


im happy to be in my own dream

where Allegri is the new manager and is given 250mill to rebuild the squad

where we sign top top players

where we beat man city 4-0 on the opening game of the season

but i know i will wake up

Arteta will be manager

Our only signing will be jonny evans

Wilshire will renew

Arsenal are beaten 4-0 at home by Cardiff on the opening day