Emery launches aggressive attack on Arsenal culture

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Monday night football is back and the G to the Nev is out there spraying truth bullets at anyone who will take them. He had a fairly interesting opinion on Emery that kind of backed what I was saying yesterday.

The main arc of his story was that Unai should double down on his system and he shouldn’t cave to the players by adapting to their whims. He focused evidence around his time at Valencia, saying that once he caved to a simpler vision of his philosophy, the players were lost.

I agree with this thinking, and how could you not. What I would say is that management of people is more complex than just telling them it’s your way or the highway. Sometimes it’s important to understand what’s come before and be sensitive to the new environment you’re in before you start dick swinging. Anyone who has taken a senior position at a new company will know that the folk that succeed are the ones that listen, the ones who think they know best straight away usually lose the crowd early doors.

Remember, Emery went hard at the PSG players in his first season and killed their vibe to the point where his expensively assembled mega-squad lost a one-horse race to Monaco. The second season, the players took over and he let them do what they fuck they like (you’ve read the interview). By the end of the year, he was out despite crushing the league.

So, I agree that Emery needs to stick to his guns, he needs to persist with playing out of the back, he needs to enforce strict pressing and he needs to make sure that players are kept in check if they fail to deliver on the job they’re assigned.

What he needs to be careful of is behaviour that can be seen as draconian or unfair and he needs to make sure the players believe he knows what he’s doing. As I mentioned yesterday, the players he’s gunning for are senior figures who have dressing room clout. Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil have all struggled in the first two games. All have been publicly spanked in some way, it’s telling that John Cross is writing that the other players were shocked the Welshman was dropped, probably because they felt weaker without an engine like that in the side just from a psychological perspective… and look, you know I thought JC’s enabling behaviour in the Wenger era was fucking embarrassing, but if he’s writing stories like that, it’s because he’s getting fed by AR and his extremely arrogant/entitled agent.

Anyway, my point being: when you fuck with the big boys, you have to deliver results the other end. Especially if you’re going to take on 3 of them at the same time (possibly 4 if he drops the appalling Bellerin for West Ham). Now, I’m not saying those players don’t deserve to be subbed or dropped, all I’m saying is Emery needs to pay attention to the bigger picture because Arsenal are desperate for someone who can bring cohesion and belief back. There’s a real danger he fails to prioritize and attacks too many important issues at the same time. He should prioritize. Do the most important structural things first, then when everyone loves you, tackle some of the trickier issues.

That’s exactly what Sarri has done at Chelsea. He’s made training enjoyable again, he’s giving the players a freedom the aggressively disciplined Conte wouldn’t and he’s letting them express his sexy ideas on the pitch. It’s working, his team look far more at ease than Arsenal do and remember, he inherited a total shit show there. Now, don’t get me wrong, they’ll hit trouble at some point because there’s a steep learning curve to Sarri ball. But if the players embrace you as a person and believe in you, it’s easy to work through the tough times. Which is why Emery needs to tread the line of enforcing new principles, whilst also winning hearts and minds.

Ultimately, that’s where it’ll all fall down for Jose this season. His players hate him, his style, and his approach to management. If there were ever a manager who’d struggle without money, it’s that man. Only through the sheer force of their transf budget clout are they able to make 2nd in the league.

United under Poch would be a very big worry, but I’d take it to see Spurs try and replace the Argentine with their restrictions. The thing that saves Mourinho is the power of his personality, he has Ed Woodward under his spell, along with a majority of the press who think the free-spending Portuguese has been dealt a rough hand.

Anyway, enough chatter, I’m being contrarian because that’s what blogs are for. I’m very happy with the fact we’re having conversations that challenge us.

… also, Ivan is off to Milan. What made him move? Equity. The Elliott group are no doubt offering him the chance to grow another football club exponentially and make a fucking fortune. Good luck. Enjoy the fashion, wine, food, women, beers and casual right-wing fanaticism.

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516 Responses to “Emery launches aggressive attack on Arsenal culture”

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  1. Leftsidesanch

    I think when people are discussing Wenger they let their enmity get the better of them and can’t speak equitably.

    In some cases, their disdain of Arsenal in general speaks for them (hands up Steve).

  2. Marko

    Doesn’t matter it Would still be daft to imply he doesn’t do tactics anyway, don’t even know why I’m addressing such idiotic waffle but for the benefits of those who truly believe it

    Explain the embarrassing defeats please? The fairly consistent embarrassing defeats in the second half of his tenure

  3. AFC Nemesis

    @AlexanderHenry
    ‘The problem with Wenger’s approach in the end was that he didn’t have good enough players to make it effective anymore. He should have been more pragmatic'”

    This is so. As said before, the lack of investment, while selling off your best players etc caught up with us. You go 8 years 2006-2013 making £40m profit with a team of unproven talent & you will get found out. We did. You need players that fit into your system, we needed a DM for years to support the attacking philosophy.

  4. InsideRight

    Pierre

    “Some say he broke up the invincibles too early but when you look at the side he built post invincibles with predominantly young players and the superb football they played, then you can understand why he put his faith in that side.”

    I think the problem was Wenger changed his approach. He went from multiple high quality individuals who just got on with playing and self coaching while using width and channels to devastating effect, to trying to build a side of dwarves around Cesc. We lost the physical presence almost overnight. Then we lost the pace. Soon after we lost the ability to pass. Since then we have slipped further and further behind. We’ve not had a world class player pulling the strings for a long time. It bloody well shows too.

  5. Gunner2301

    Marko

    Ill explain it.

    In the first half of his tenure he had the players who would cover his deficiencies. In the second half of his tenure he didnt. He couldnt bring them in either as they are a different generation of player now who expect a manager to know his shit. Players who self manage and manage the game in play are near non-existant and he had no clue hence the silence from the bench and in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

    Hes gone we need to just consign him to history where he belongs.

  6. Champagne charlie

    “Okay. Comprehension got it. Why stop at his successful period when talking about the “great man”. Why stop there.“

    Because the period of success was the specific period being critiqued and undermined.

    It’s called subject matter you buffoon, why are you always the beacon of ignorance on here?

  7. Dissenter

    Victorious

    Wenger inherited a core gorup of tough and nasty drunk English men from the George Graham era. They helped provide a foundation for him to apply his own revolution and only a numpty would say Wenger wasn’t a revolutionary in the late 1990s- nutrition, man-management and opening the door to foreign players. He was an astute world class manager who was also a brilliant polyglot…but that was then.
    He showed his adaptiveness because he won with a defense of his own making in the invincible year

    The wheel didn’t fall of the wagon….Wenger yanked the wheels out himself
    He disbanded that team when he didn’t have to and then Mr Dean left.
    He didn’t reinvent himself like SAF used to do. He kept the same backroom staff for his entire tenure. He didn’t even ant to let Pat Rice leave when the guy was sick.
    Wenger stooped challenging himself and just got too comfortable.
    Wenger, at some point believed the club owed him something bigger that just a good pay check. His ego got too bit and he started missing what was obvious to every one else.
    He deserves the criticisms he gets, some I admit are based on nonsense but he does deserve some scorn for hanging on too long.

  8. AFC Nemesis

    Marko
    “Explain the embarrassing defeats please? The fairly consistent embarrassing defeats in the second half of his tenure”

    Explain the doubles and unbeaten season.

    You have to see both.

    If you read earlier comments you will see the answer post 2005 lies with the lack of spending, recruitment of ‘prosoects’ & selling of the best players. A philosophy where a club decides to make £40m between 2006 to 2013 is a flawed philosophy as we can see. Yes Wenger was partof that and perhaps he should have changed to a more defensive style of play. That’s fair critiscism. Saying he doesn’t understand tactics is embarrassing nonsense. But that’s not to say he shouldn’t be criticised, he should.

  9. Marko

    So we’re just going to talk about his successful period that’s what today is. I mean you can still critique that era too. I mean if we and he were so good why no back to back titles? But forgive me we’re only focusing on examples of success. Still no response about the fairly consistent embarrassing defeats under him. Always seemed like he had no plan for the opposition and did zero opposition research and got embarrassed for it

  10. OleGunner

    So we really doing this today huh?
    A whole day of pro and anti Wenger debate in the works. Christ isn’t that lovely.

  11. Victorious

    Explain the embarrassing defeats please? The fairly consistent embarrassing defeats in the second half of his tenure”

    Extenuating circumstances, it’s overly too simplistic to conclude lack of tactics are the cause of defeats every time, sometimes the players are simply not good enough,he had to compete with sugar daddies, oil money etc, there’s so much the tactics can do for you, at the end of the day it all boils down to how good your players are, bad officiating etc
    Take for instance Aubamayeng bangs those chances against chavs and Emery’s tactics won’t be in question so long he’s bagged the 3points but at times the player let you down

  12. Michael24

    AFC Nemesis and AlexanderHenry

    Have never bought into this “lack of investment” rhetoric.

    For me it was predominantly down to tactics and systems implemented, or would I say, not implemented, by Wenger.

    As for investing in players, we could have purchased the relevant personnel without breaking the bank.

    Our best players left because they knew things would never change under Wenger.

    He was incapable of solving our visible weaknesses. Weaknesses that could and should have been solved with minimal investment and sound tactics.

    We all remember the scenarios regarding Gary Cahill and Chris Samba, the sort of players who, at the time, were exactly what Arsenal needed.

    We got Per!

  13. AFC Nemesis

    Dissenter
    “Wenger inherited a core gorup of tough and nasty drunk English men from the George Graham era”

    The core English men finished 12th and 8th in 2 of the 4 years preceding Wenger, so your point is weak.

    In fact, Wenger rebuilt the back 5 with Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell & Cole which went unbeaten unbeaten and broke clean sheet records in the Champions League.

    It’s like has been said before. Wenger absolutely deserves criticism for the later years of his tenure. That does not give critics the right to make unfair attempts to discredit his wonderful achievements fur thus club.

    It’s a shame some fans think they have to discredit the pre 2005 successes to validate their opinion on Wenger. It’s pathetic really.

  14. Marko

    Saying he doesn’t understand tactics is embarrassing nonsense. But that’s not to say he shouldn’t be criticised, he should

    How so? It’s a bit like fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me with regards to later Wenger and his yearly embarrassing defeats. Blaming money and Abu Dhabi is weak as fuck considering that sure some of the teams weren’t great but we weren’t dogshit either and yet we had some unbelievable defeats. I mean we went a couple years in the champions league where we’d go out suffering a humiliating first leg defeat at home only to then win the away leg. How is that?

  15. Marko

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Le Grove was debating Arsene Wenger even in 2022 :p

    Nope it’ll be Henry and how much we want Emery back

  16. gambon

    Yeah….Wengers lack of budget was definitely responsible for Leicester beating us by 10 points 3 seasons back.

  17. Champagne charlie

    “Everyone acknowledges that Wenger had an excellent first decade.The problem is he was on the downward spiral after that”

    The back and forth today was born purely because China had the temerity to say Wenger has never done tactics and that his early success was because we were a fitter team with elite players that coached themselves.

    So please do me a favour with your ‘everyone knows’ stuff because it’s precisely the opposite of this that’s generated discussion.

    Marko
    Just take a day off, you can’t grasp what’s being discussed and you’re arguably the most ill balanced poster going by recent input.

    I’ve explained twice now why and what is being discussed and still you’re desperate to augment the topic in order to smear and introduce a rhetoric of criticism.

  18. Wallace

    Marko

    “I mean if we and he were so good why no back to back titles? ”

    he was going up against Fergie’s very best sides during this period. you make it sound like we were the only game in town during that time.

  19. Marko

    Extenuating circumstances, it’s overly too simplistic to conclude lack of tactics are the cause of defeats every time, sometimes the players are simply not good enough,he had to compete with sugar daddies, oil money etc, there’s so much the tactics can do for you, at the end of the day it all boils down to how good your players are, bad officiating etc

    Exactly extenuating circumstances it’s never Wenger’s fault. 8-2, 10-2, 6-1, 6-0 defeats to Bradford in the cup Forest in the Cup Monaco in the champions league when we’re overwhelming favourites. All extenuating circumstances.

  20. Victorious

    Marko
    Just take a day off, you can’t grasp what’s being discussed and you’re arguably the most ill balanced poster going by recent input.”

    Have to agree

  21. AFC Nemesis

    Michael24
    Selling your best players is not a good idea. Likewise, relying on ‘prospects’ is not going to deliver you regular success. Wenger arrogantly believed he could follow the board and do that. If you don’t think those things are important you are wrong. If you want proof, look at Chelsea and Man City and tell me what they would win if they had made a profit and sold their best players?

  22. Champagne charlie

    “It’s like has been said before. Wenger absolutely deserves criticism for the later years of his tenure. That does not give critics the right to make unfair attempts to discredit his wonderful achievements fur thus club.It’s a shame some fans think they have to discredit the pre 2005 successes to validate their opinion on Wenger. It’s pathetic really.“

    This, and this again.

  23. Marko

    Lemme get this straight Emery in his first two games gets criticism for playing Ozil, Xhaka something about Ramsey as a CF and playing out from the back and the highline and Wenger suffered embarrassing defeat after embarrassing defeat almost like clockwork every season and it’s extenuating circumstances? Holy cow that’s good

  24. Wallace

    AFC Nemesis

    “It’s a shame some fans think they have to discredit the pre 2005 successes to validate their opinion on Wenger. It’s pathetic really.”

    liking your posts, Nemesis, but not sure you’re going to find le grove all that groovy, if i’m being honest.

  25. Dissenter

    AFC Nemesis
    “Dissenter
    “Wenger inherited a core gorup of tough and nasty drunk English men from the George Graham era” The core English men finished 12th and 8th in 2 of the 4 years preceding Wenger, so your point is weak.”

    Nice of you to cherry pick what suits you to criticize me. Had you read on, you would have noted I made the same point as you that Wenger rebuilt the back line.

    Just sod off . I don’t have time for disingenuous numpties.

  26. Marko

    he was going up against Fergie’s very best sides during this period. you make it sound like we were the only game in town during that time

    Wallace that comment was in reference to the almost flawless comment by Victorious. We weren’t almost flawless and you just explained why

  27. Dissenter

    I just wish Lehman had not charged out like a fool in the 2006 CL finals
    Wenger’s first decade would have been crystallized with a CL win.
    It’s possible he would have also left had we won at the Stade de France.

    I was convinced we were going to beat Barca that day…until Lehman showed his madness.

  28. Marko

    I love it they’re out in force giving each other shoulder rubs. Hey if you guys want to remember him by just remembering the first 10 years then have at it. We’ll just disregard the next 12 and pretend that he was a tactical genius

  29. AFC Nemesis

    Dissenter

    I’ was convinced we were going to beat Barca that day…until Lehman showed his madness”

    Yes so was I. Going down to ten men and withdrawing Bonnie Pires, cost us. We were the best team that season in the competition by a country mile. Hebry missed a couple of sitters despite having 10 men

    I wonder if that would have changed the post 2005 situation? Guess we will never know.

  30. Champagne charlie

    “I love it they’re out in force giving each other shoulder rubs. Hey if you guys want to remember him by just remembering the first 10 years then have at it. We’ll just disregard the next 12 and pretend that he was a tactical genius“

    I love how you still haven’t a clue how or why the conversation is as it is despite about 4 different explanations.

    Your logic is totally absent, and the irony is painful. So shall we disregard his first decade and just focus on the remaining 12 years (as you state)?

    It’s like you never proof read yourself or your thoughts. One of these special characters whose tongue is independent to the alleged brain. Probably explains your unemployment

  31. Globalgunner

    Various players who have played for years under Wenger under different squads over 20 years all say one thing and posters who couldn’t find their way to Colney with a GPS vehemently differ. Who to believe?

  32. AFC Nemesis

    Marko
    “Hey if you guys want to remember him by just remembering the first 10 years then have at it. We’ll just disregard the next 12 and pretend that he was a tactical genius”

    Debate is where reasoned argument takes place to discuss a subject matter. I believe the Wenger tactical debated started through accusations he didn’t do tactics. Now that is your opinion and that was countered and debated. That’s all. We can’t all be right all the time unless you know otherwise. This is a blog, it’s for opinions.

  33. Dissenter

    Thierry Henry appointed manager of Bordeaux.
    Good for him to jump in instead of playing “expert” in the safe confines of a TV studio.

    If he does well, maybe he can become Arsenal manager someday
    …unlike a certain dude who’s content to stay as assistant manager forever [cough, cough]

  34. Victorious

    Marko don’t be thick,so you’re saying Wenger ain’t a tactical genius because of the handful of embarrassing losses to clubs with twice the finance in budget but then looked a dummy when been asked of your retort to what made him successful in his first 10years, right,

    How was he so tactically sound in achieving so much in his hey day and then still get soundly beaten by his rivals for been tactically naive(according to you) in his later years? so which is it, care to explain that?

  35. Marko

    It’s like you never proof read yourself or your thoughts. One of these special characters whose tongue is independent to the alleged brain. Probably explains your unemployment

    Very good Charles very good. Classic Charlie today. Made an insult after some lengthy waffle. Made a comment at gambon and talked about Wenger for a while. Just need him to talk about Xhaka and how Bamford is a yank cunt and he’ll be out of things to say.

  36. Globalgunner

    Henry at Bordeaux. Paddy at Nice. Good on both of them. Hope they do better than all of SAF`s disciples.

  37. Marko

    Marko don’t be thick,so you’re saying Wenger ain’t a tactical genius because of the handful of embarrassing losses to clubs with twice the finance in budget but then looked a dummy when been asked of your retort to what made him successful in his first 10years, right

    It wasn’t a handful. And Bradford, Birmingham City, Monaco and Nottingham Forrest didn’t have twice the financial budget. If you’re asking me why/how the embarrassing defeats from the first 10 years to the next 12 years I’d say it’s pretty simple he went from being a very good manager to an okay manager to a bad manager. He got worse simple as.

  38. champagne charlie

    Marko

    Actually i’ve explained 2 or 3 times the subject matter you continue to question, and it was you that threw out the little barbs about ‘them rubbing each others shoulders’. So save the crocodile tears.

    Must’ve missed your bff Gumbo yesterday with his homophobic slurs, didn’t see the justice warrior within come out to clean the streets of le grove. Just do as suggested and take the day off, your input has been lacking on all fronts and you’ve descended to mockery because you’re getting no traction. Hit up Indeed and the like, be productive

  39. Bamford10

    Serious attempt by certain former AKBs to write some revisionist history here. I don’t have time to write a full response at moment, but Wenger’s early successes had nothing to do with any tactical nous on his part and everything to do with the quality of the players he had, their maturity, their experience, their ability to instruct and organize themselves.

    Wenger brought a broadly-defined philosophy to the table, not tactics, and not a tactical mind.

    More to come. But no: Wenger did not do tactics — not in any real, substantive sense at least.

  40. champagne charlie

    “Wenger’s early successes had nothing to do with any tactical nous on his part and everything to do with the quality of the players he had, their maturity, their experience, their ability to instruct and organize themselves.”

    Over to you Dissenter.

    What were you saying about everyone acknowledging Wenger’s first decade at the club?

  41. Bamford10

    And by the way: you can’t prove a negative. It isn’t on us to prove Wenger didn’t really do tactics — he didn’t — it’s on his apologists to prove that he did.

    And pointing to successes in the first part of his tenure is no evidence that he was a good tactical mind, as those teams could have won — indeed they did win — on account of other factors.

    Charlie is wrong, as he often is.

  42. Victorious

    I’d say it’s pretty simple he went from being a very good manager to an okay manager to a bad manager. He got worse simple as.”

    Bless my soul, never thought the day will come when Marko will call Wenger a ‘ very good manager’ it then begs the question how can a manager be ‘very good’ IF he doesn’t do tactics? befuddles the mind doesn’t it

  43. Marko

    Must’ve missed your bff Gumbo yesterday with his homophobic slurs, didn’t see the justice warrior within come out to clean the streets of le grove

    Sure. And you and your ilk completely disregard the vile things pitbull comes out with because he’s in the same club as you lot. Not to mention you give as good as you get too Charles. I also don’t get why you keep commenting on the level of my input literally all you ever comment on is Wenger, Xhaka and what Bamford and gambon says. It’s predictable and sad at this stage. You know there’s more you could be talking about

  44. Bamford10

    Anyone remember when two months into his first season, Xhaka was quoted as saying that no one had yet said a word to him about how to play his position?

    That’s Wenger’s approach to tactics and tactical instruction. “The game is the best teacher,” Wenger would say in his defense. “A good pass is the best thing,” he’d tell the players.

    “Thanks, you senile old bat!” they’d say in return.

  45. Marko

    Bless my soul, never thought the day will come when Marko will call Wenger a ‘ very good manager’ it then begs the question how can a manager be ‘very good’ IF he doesn’t do tactics? befuddles the mind doesn’t it

    Again I’m specifically talking about the latter years. LATER YEARS. And even in the early years there’s examples of lack of preparation and tactics for opponents especially in Europe where in 22 years he only really had two good European campaigns. The ’06 final and the season Wayne Bridge scored the winner at Highbury. If we’re talking about Wenger and tactics it’s disingenuous to only talk about the successful period

  46. gonsterous

    liking your posts, Nemesis, but not sure you’re going to find le grove all that groovy, if i’m being honest.

    lol it’s not nicknamed le moan for nothing.

  47. champagne charlie

    @Marko
    I hope you realise just how stupid you’re being by trying to reduce my input to 4 topics. I mean you realise Wenger and Xhaka are essentially spoken of daily, and you’re trying to assert that talking about them has me fixated or something? Try harder. It’s more your fixation with what I say about the things you’ve mentioned, as even today I commented on Ramsey to United given it was something to chew on in todays news. Almost like you chose to omit that….

    I certainly give as good as I get, but I’m not of the level to start throwing racial or sexual insults. If you’re suggesting I am you know precisely there you can trot off to.

    @Banford
    You didn’t leave your twitter handle this time, can I assume you’re going to be back with a sermon?

    Also, I’m pretty certain the burden of proof is very much on you if you’re going to deny something top that degree. There’s a certain (arguably overwhelming) level of assumption that to win titles you need tactical acumen. So if you’re going to sit and preach that Wenger never had that and won via some alternative means then it’s very much YOU that has to quantify that ridiculous posit.

  48. Victorious

    Binford
    “Wenger’s early successes had nothing to do with any tactical nous”

    Forgive me but I stopped reading right here
    that first paragraph completely negates whatever point you were trying to pass across because it’s just so far from reality,the ignorance laden in it is simply outstanding.
    You can’t say such things and expect to be taken serious, why not have a twosome with Marko,you two seem to be made for each other.

  49. Bamford10

    Somebody doesn’t have an argument.

    And if there weren’t one or two hopeless cases here still trying to defend Xhaka or Wenger, the two wouldn’t be talked about much. As both are settled “cases” for most people here.

  50. champagne charlie

    Just for a bit of context before the inevitable poster/s shoots off about Wenger…

    Sir Alex Ferguson is heralded (rightly) as THE BEST manager to ever grace the Premier League, and some extend that to world football. The greatest EVER. Think about that for a second.

    Now think about how that man was bested by someone who supposedly does nothing more than pick an XI and clap his hands when a goal goes in. 😀

  51. KAY Boss

    Good to see Henry in Bordeaux. My only worry is, will the players play to their ability since most were in support of Gus Puyet.

    Wenger had his ups and downs. That’s life. Most successful coaches have suffered heavy defeats in their carrier. SAF defeated 6-1 by City. Mourinho’s Madrid lost 4-1 to Barca. Guardiolar’s Bayern lost 4-0 to Madrid.
    Some will say it wasn’t consistent but at the end its an embarrassing defeat.

  52. Victorious

    If we’re talking about Wenger and tactics it’s disingenuous to only talk about the successful period’

    But not so disingenuous to talk about a handful of embarrassing losses right? take a chair

  53. Victorious

    Now think about how that man was bested by someone who supposedly does nothing more than pick an XI and clap his hands when a goal goes in.

    Lol quite another nice angle to look at it, would be interesting to read how Marko and Binford explain this

  54. Globalgunner

    Mohammed Ali was regarded as the greatest of all time. He was also bested by a punk called Leon Spinks. Does that mean Spinks was also great?

  55. Redtruth

    Victorious/Champagne charlie

    Find me a post match interview in Wenger’s 20 year tenure where he discusses tactics, it was all about mental strength and spirit.

  56. VicVic

    Debate with no end product, guys.
    Tactics or not, the old man is gone.
    We can’t end our lines with Wenger out, so what is the point.
    But then to say a manager won titles three times and with an unbeaten record with no idea of tactics is first degree BULLSHIT!

    Pointless debate, though.

  57. Valentin

    The reason why Wenger had to disbanded the Invincibles has been told in numerous books. After the big victory, Wenger had a plan to buy per season one or two galactic players. He went to the board expecting to be able to spend about 30~40 millions net on new players, instead he was told that he had to bring 20 millions net every year for the next 7 years.
    Basically from 2004 to 2011, Arsenal were piss poor.

    Yes mistake were made. Emphasis was changed from power and athleticism to quick pass.
    His biggest mistake was his loyalty and not being ruthless enough.
    Colin Lewin and his incompetent medical team should have gone aged ago. Big Time Charlie Players who do not follow tactical orders should have been jettisoned.
    Ramsey and his annoying never work flicks is suddenly realising that. Same thing with Xhaka who can’t play the link between defense and attack when put under pressure and has no awareness of danger.
    The problem is that Emery may have spotted what needs changing, I doubt that he is the man to do it.
    From a tactical perspective, he is a mediocre tactician not better than Wenger just different. And like Wenger, he can’t think on his feet and changes things. At PSG, in every game where he faced a tactical challenge (Monaco, Lyon, Marseilles, saint Etienne, Toulouse, Barcelona, Real Madrid) he failed and lost or got away with better players who covered his ineptitude. At Sevilla he may have won the Europa League, but he failed to qualify them for the Champion’s league. Since he left they always qualify. Also his Europa League victory have all been against third tier teams. He has never beaten a team that he was expected to lose to. Never over-achieve.
    Where he is worse than Wenger is players evaluation and man management.
    At PSG, all the players that he explicitly demanded have flopped. After a year, Krichowiak was sent to West Bromwich that help getting relegated. After six months, Jese went to Stoke that he also helped getting relegated. He sold Sirigu who had criticised his method and installed Kevin Trap (at the time number 3) as his number one goal keeper. After a few too many howlers in big game, he was forced to revert back to Areola.
    In term of man management as Hatem Ben Arfa and a great number of former Sevilla players can testify, he can held a grudge for a long time. Also at PSG, his dictatorial and condescending tone led to an open revolt. In the second year where he was nominated my in charge they got better result.
    This summer AFC tried to lure two young PSG players Yacine Adli (winger) and Stanley Nsoki (left centre half or left fullback). Both decided against joining Arsenal despite the promise of more money and more playing time. That should tell you all you need to know about hebis viewed by French players.
    He has a terrible reputation in France as a mediocre, hard ass, intransigent coach who quickly alienates players.