I had a little disagreement with some folk on the internet the other day, I was making the point that if you looked at Ivan Gs resume without the context of how football works, you might think he’s blown shit up since he’s been at Arsenal. It’d be pretty easy to hoodwink newbies in the game.
Well, Swiss Ramble dove head first into the numbers and showed quite how bland a job our exiting CEO has done.
As talk intensifies of a potential move of Arsenal’s chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, to Milan, I thought it would be interesting to look at how the club’s financials have developed since he arrived in January 2009. Some thoughts in the following thread #AFC #Milan #ACMilan
— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) August 23, 2018
This part was particularly damning.
The other damning indictment of his tenure was our “we deliberately kept some powder dry” strategy that led to us sitting on a pile of cash that diminished in value by 25%+ every summer as the value of players skyrocketed. If challenged, he could say things were tight at Arsenal, but you can’t lie about the huge cash pile that he sat on.
There are so many other shockers I’d be asking about over the years.
Why didn’t you hire in a better scout?
Why didn’t you have the power to enforce a Director Of Football?
What happened with StatDNA?
Why did it take you 10 years to convince the owner that his prized asset was crashing the club?
Milan has hired in an administrator if he does move, good luck to them. The big question for us, is who do the club go in for now? Football CEOs aren’t exactly in abundance.
Emery has been talking to the press about his desire to control more of the game this weekend.
‘My idea is first control, but the opposition want the same. With this control, you can be near to win and then know when you need to change the rhythm. I know we need intensity in every moment in the games. This control is to not let the opposition play. For example in the two first matches, we didn’t have the control [enough – only in some moments, but not like what we need to find to win. Saturday is another match, tactically it will be different. It will be demanding and I want to have more control to find the win in this match.’
You’d imagine West Ham are going to afford us a lot more possession than Chelsea and City, so it’ll be interesting to see how aggressive we move at them, and what the style looks like. Emery reckons we’re toying with three different systems.
‘We are working on different situations tactically. In the first we are playing with four at the back, then we have two and one, and one and two. With two and one, it is like a 4-2-3-1 and one, two, is for a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-3. We have players who train in this system. The moment on the pitch is different. If we need to improve in this mobility, the quality is very important, but also how the player is moving on the pitch. I think with two systems, we can continue to progress and think about winning the next match.’
The line up this weekend is going to be very interesting. Xhaka has had a lot of problems, but arguably, against a shite team, he’ll fare better. But for me, the easy games are when the coach should start exploring his best line up. Give LT a start. There’s no point in fucking around with a player who offers monumental X-press-dynamical-contraband stats, but gives up opportunities for fun every game. The stats nerds are all preaching that Xhaka offers us something unique going forward, hinting its hard to replace, without seeing what LT and Guendouzi can offer us.
Now, I’m pretty sure Guendouzi knows how to move the ball forward aggressively, we’ve been drying off damp panties all week watching his highlight videos. From all the tactical write ups I’ve read about Torreira, I’m pretty certain the dynmaic DM knows how to move the ball forward as well. Regardless, it can’t be an argument that because a player has one strong attribute, we should allow ourselves to indulge his weaknesses which include being terrible defensively, slow, and easily rattled under pressure.
The Xhaka argument is Arsene Wenger 2.0. It has all the same folk that argued ‘Judge him in May’ pushing the notion that your eyes and OH GOD NO tears might be lying to you. Arsene Wenger, during his great years, convinced fans to trust in his superior judgement. That created a group of fans who constantly want to tell you why our footballing disasters are in fact creating ‘hidden in plain sight’ MOM performances that only the elite can see. Telling that both Aaron and Ozil have been called out for not doing a job for the team inside the opening 2 games by a proper coach.
The dream of two up front is still just that…
‘At the moment, no. At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside. And after this possession, to do the attacking moments and defending moments with this balance. But, it is one possibility to continue in our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers. In the last match of the pre-season, against Lazio, I did it with Lacazette and Nketiah. But also, this position also for the players, they know that in one moment we can do that. But at the moment, no.’
Let’s see where that idea goes as the season progresses, hard to see how Lacazette works into our system because of his lack of pace. I wonder how many chances Eddie lands this season? Also, I like that Auba is in crisis after two games without a goal… the coach has these words for him.
‘The first is to create chances, situations and attacking moments where the player arrive in the box and with the balance to use the small space the opposition gives us. And then, I am sure they are going to score if we create a lot of chances in the game. The first idea for us on Saturday is to create these chances and then the players’ confidence for starting to arrive in the box, to score. Maybe the players can not score three good chances in one match and on another day, I am sure they are going to do maybe the same chances in one match and score three. For that, Aubameyang is a player who, in his career, has scored a lot and he is going to do that here also.’
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