Forget Stan. What are Sven, Raul and Vinai bringing to Arsenal in 2019?

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Well, yesterday’s post certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. I think a lot of people felt that was mostly aimed at Emery. It wasn’t, I think the challenges we have with the club moving forward are about the whole team. A few people screamed that I’d always straight up blame Wenger for what happened on the pitch back in the day, but was affording Emery different treatment. That’s because Emery is a coach, not a demigod.

The biggest concern that all Arsenal fans should have moving into this year is the lasting impact of the Ivan Gazidis signings in the club. He’d been making face-saving decisions all over the football club because his MO was about self-preservation. Don’t rock the boat. Do enough to get you by. Go with the mainstream view of what looks good, never put your neck on the line.

The big question is this: Who will put their neck on the line to move Arsenal forward?

Think about how easy it is to take the job at Arsenal. We have a bigger turnover than Liverpool, one that is about to get bigger, without any real success to talk about. The fans still pay for the season tickets, Adidas are about to pay out a fortune on a new shirt deal, the Premier League gravy train just keeps on rolling on, and we’re doing all this without Champions League football. Incredible.

Stan has two big clubs on his books. Arsenal, arguably one the greatest brands in European football… and the LA Rams, a nothing team that moved from St. Louis. The Kroenke’s invested mega money into the American club. One of their guys is on record as saying something to the tune of ‘we knew we had to invest, because folk from LA aren’t going to pay to watch a substandard product.’

So what did they do? They hired in a bright young innovative coach to lead the team. They’ve made powerful backroom hires. They’re adding big names and excitement to their team sheet. They are making an unbelievable effort to make that team the crown jewel. It’s an absolute investment, because they know that there’s no history there like there is in North London.

Meanwhile, over here, there’s Arsenal. The MO has been keeping the trains running. He will never invest a penny of his own into taking us to the next level because there’s no benefit to him. The big question then becomes this: What is the expectation of his staff?

Will he have Raul and Vinai banging down the door for LA like investment? Or, like we’ve seen with Ivan, will it be a put up and shut up? If the person that runs the show has no desire to dominate, rewards a culture of low risk and obedience, what hope do we have?

Well, the hope goes back to what we spoke about yesterday. We need to accept that we’re tier two. We need to be grateful that at the very least, Stan allows the club to put back in what we earn. We need to try something new. The approach at the moment feels like we’re waiting for a miracle to happen, instead of making our own miracles come to fruition.

This point becomes even more important now David Ornstein confirmed the ‘we’re skint’ intel I shared 6 weeks ago.

We need to make our way back the Champions League. We’re not going to do that hiring in hacks that are past their prime. We’re not going to do that blowing huge amounts of money on players that don’t fit the mold. Again, I ask this question, if the club truly believed in Mesut Ozil, why is Unai Emery alienating him? Not that I disagree, I’ve never thought he was fit for purpose, but what was the football strategy that allowed us to get to that point?

Anyway, the thing to watch for next year is whether the new management are for real. Raul has come from the most prestigious club in the world. A nasty club. A club that does dirty things to get whatever they want. Their wage bill is hideous, almost double that of Manchester City. No wonder they dominate, they can have whoever they want. The manager is almost an irrelevance, even Enrique won the Champions League there. Raul is not a tried and true scrapper like the Dortmund CEO. He’s never had to properly hire a manager before. He hasn’t had to innovate, so what is he going to do at Arsenal to help us out think, scout and perform our much smaller resource pool?

Sven for all intents and purposes was exactly the sort of hire we wanted. In charge of ferreting out some of the roughest diamonds in world football and turning in De Beers profits. We know he has it in him to bring all the boys to the yard, but the question remains is this: What is his remit? I can get on-board with Matty G and Torriera like signings, but what is going on with Gary Cahill and Ever Banega? Are those guys kicking us onto the next level? I highly doubt it, so wouldn’t it be worth investing our limited budget in players that have room to grow like Dortmund did so well? Should we be planning for next season this January, versus making average crap shots with players that really aren’t that great?

Then there’s Vinai. Clearly a very talented man, but he’s 37 years old. He has been gifted an outrageous opp at Arsenal. It is unheard of to give someone that young so much power. But at what cost to Arsenal fans? Is he an Ivan protegé? What did he agree to land the job? Will he have the guts to move us forward, or will he be preaching self-sustaining as a football strategy for the next ten years.

Arsenal need to wake up. They need to focus on a way forward. They need to be bold. The problem statement is simple: how do Arsenal succeed with the resources on offer?

Remember the resources are MASSIVE. 3rd highest net spenders in the league (bigger net spend than Madrid since 2010). 9th largest wage bill in Europe. Growing turnover. We have a huge stadium, mostly full attendance, unreal training facilities and the backdrop of the greatest city in the world. If Atleti, Roma, Juve and Liverpool can make CL finals, so can we. No more excuses. No more mediocrity.

The answer to the problem statement cannot be the direction we’re heading right now. It’s not innovative, it’s not bearing fruit (nor will it), and it’s a very long way off being sustainable.

Happy New Year, enjoy the Fulham game. 🔴⚪️

582 Responses to “Forget Stan. What are Sven, Raul and Vinai bringing to Arsenal in 2019?”

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  1. gambon

    Marko

    See…I don’t understand why you spend 14 hours a day trying to defend our defensive record?

    I can understand if you have a weird thing for Emery…fine.

    But you yourself have said Wenger was shocking last year.

    You no doubt accept he completely lost the dressing room.

    Yet you don’t think there’s an issue that our defence has got worse?

    How do you take our worst ever PL defence in a lost dressing room….put all this structure and tactics in place…..and make it worse?

    You are defending the indefendable and you know it.

  2. Olumide

    You just know Arsenal would not keep a clean sheet. And that’s on Emery. We’re playing Fulham here.
    One thing Leicester does well is defense. You see a defensive system.
    In most cases, having a good defensive system is as important as the players you bring in.

  3. gambon

    Just the 3 clean sheets in our first 21 games.

    Second most away goals conceded after Fulham.

    31 conceded, on course for our worst ever.

    But apparently it’s just that we haven’t got good players.

    So why sack Wenger if the tactics, training and motivation were never a problem?

  4. Leftsidesanch

    We don’t have enough consistent goalscorers to keep taking off one of the two who can do. Emerys go to is just to take off Laca.

  5. useroz

    With fulham and one up we don’t fucking need torreira. Ramsey could do with Guendouzi and Xhara already holding.

    Sorry for Torreira tbh. First season in PL and he”s been exhausted.

    ANOTHER rubbish pass from Iwobi. It’s 5 yard. Ffs.

  6. Joe

    So why sack Wenger if the tactics, training and motivation were never a problem?

    This has to be one of THE stupidest posts I’ve ever read on here

    Take a bow tampon

  7. Wenker-wanger

    The problem we have is the lure of 4th place. If it wasn’t so crucial, it would make sense to throw in a handful of young rookies. Developing them this season makes sense. We aren’t really exploring options by playing xhaka koscienly etc….these players are not arsenal’s future. But going for fourth requires the most experienced players we have …and that’s the problem.

  8. Un na naai

    Joe

    Not as many as the new boys

    Papa and Lichtsteiner cost more against Liverpool

    Koscielny was never this bad under wenger though…..

  9. Alone + Easy Target

    Yeah what a great pass from Iwobinho there.

    lol you should not take aftv folks seriously at all especially from that Nigerian who obviously have his bias

  10. Joe

    So why sack Wenger if the tactics, training and motivation were never a problem?

    Hahahahahahahahahahah

    I know you’re taking the piss but still

  11. Dissenter

    Ramsey has been the model professional one his way out.
    He’s certainly won the respect of his critics with how he’s conducted himself.

  12. Wenker-wanger

    Booing the substitution and within minutes Ramsey scores…kind of tells you the heart-over-head fans we, and indeed all clubs have.

  13. Un na naai

    Just the 3 clean sheets in our first 21 games.Second most away goals conceded after Fulham.31 conceded, on course for our worst ever. But apparently it’s just that we haven’t got good players.So why sack Wenger if the tactics, training and motivation were never a problem?

    Gambon

    It’s because THE BOARD haven’t signed him a team full of world class players

    He was never expected to coach the team.
    That was wengers job
    He was never expected to sign players
    That’s the boards job

    He just writes 11 names on a sheet.

    What utter bollocks

    You were all cumming over each other about his coaching prowess compared to wenger and what a difference 6 weeks ago and now it’s “coaching is fanciful”

    Haha
    What a bunch of anus lickers

  14. Paulinho

    Our fans are without doubt the thickest cunts in world football.

    Booing that sub and Ramsey scoring just sums that up.

    All Arse TV wannabe gangster spazzers.

  15. Un na naai

    Dissenter

    I’m one of his biggest critics and he’s won my respect totally. Seems a better player under emery than weneger for me.
    Plays it simple and is back to basics. That’s when he shines

    I’m almost sorry to see him go now

  16. TheLegendaryDB10

    Woaah Auba!!! Very nice goal. Phew. We can breathe a bit better now.

    Just noticed that there was a deflection. Who cares really? 4-1.

  17. Thomas

    Typical Arsenal really. Embarrass themselves in big games and then flatter to deceive against shit teams at home.

  18. Joe

    Typical Arsenal really. Embarrass themselves in big games and then flatter to deceive against shit teams at home.

    Besides Liverpool, which big games have we embarrassed ourselves in?

  19. Marko

    See…I don’t understand why you spend 14 hours a day trying to defend our defensive record?

    Defending the indefensible? Are you stupid honestly? I’ve done nothing but complain about our defence and defenders for a good solid 2-5 years. We’ve always been shocking defensively. I’m just arguing with the idea that a new manager in itself was ever going to be enough. We could have Diego Simeone with Mourinho as his number two and Paulo Maldini on the coaching staff and they’re not improving Mustafi or making Koscielny any less of a broken footballer. Things shouldn’t be this bad sure but they’re still going to be bad with this lot as our defenders. Put it this way we could get bought up by some sheikh tomorrow and he could hire Simeone the following day and I guarantee you Simeone wouldn’t improve our defence without replacing it. Guarantee you that much. There’s a reason Koscielny has only ever played for Lorient and Arsenal and Valencia couldn’t wait to get rid of Mustafi

  20. Jamie

    Ramsey could’ve stayed and been a decent squad player if he had only asked for £100k a week.

    £250k a week for him is a joke, even on a free.

  21. Paulinho

    Rambo – Even more annoying once you realise he was only asking for parity with Mikhi.

    We’ve got some clowns at that club.

  22. Un na naai

    Kay

    Yeah. Too right. Losing at home to Fulham you should be criticized.

    How about we get beat by the odd goal at anfield then beat Fulham?
    Much more acceptable
    See how low the bar is now

  23. Wenker-wanger

    Emery isn’t a genius or a wenger-style-failure….he is working on a squad that clearly isn’t anywhere near the quality he wants. He is a work in progress.
    You cannot assess a decorator when he has just sripped the wallpaper and filled some cracks. YOU WAIT TILL HE HAS FINISHED A ROOM COMPLETELY.
    Wait till this time next year..(2 transfer windows)..Just logic really isn’t it?

  24. Champagne charlie

    “I’m just arguing with the idea that a new manager in itself was ever going to be enough“

    Not one poster has this belief.

    Just another example of you either being a complete moron, or disingenuous as fuck because your life is made on here.

    A new “better” manager should extract more out the same group of players, it’s doing exactly that which illustrates superiority as a manager. Otherwise changing manager is an utterly pointless exercise.

    It’s such a mundane and simple point being made and you continue to spin a line of horseshit to go with it.

  25. Un na naai

    Paulinho

    You’re right

    We should have 3 extortionately overpaid midfielders that emery doesn’t want at the club

    Great thinking

  26. Marko

    So why sack Wenger if the tactics, training and motivation were never a problem?

    Why indeed? Why did you want him sacked? Who said tactics, training and motivation weren’t still an issue? What about individual errors? They don’t count?

  27. Un na naai

    Marko

    Yes they count. They always counted. As did the lack of defensive framework which has not only been perpetuated but exacerbated by our new recruitment and coaching “team”

  28. Paulinho

    Unai – If you don’t make a massive mistake with the first two then maybe Ramsey doesn’t ask for what he is.

  29. Un na naai

    Kay

    Also

    Who said do an invincibles?? There’s only one man who’s ever been capable of it. Only one….

  30. Wenker-wanger

    Inside..
    Wenger was a wankfest for 10 (ten) years…emerys had 5 months with Wenger’s Frankenstein squad.
    Plusses : guendozi, torreira, sokratis.

  31. Un na naai

    Maybe improving on the negatives aspects of the previous regime might he a start though

    Don’t get carried away fella. Keep your wig on

  32. useroz

    Tentative game; cud be a 6 – 3

    Until serious defence work is ready the ‘transition’ is attack.

    Attack is our defence.

    We concede almost always when side/back passes start in own half…

    Jan TW can be v useful with some smart. …Arshavin practically rescued a top4
    .. henrik larson helped manure win titles

  33. Nelson

    The players are gaining confidence with the win.
    Kola’s attack is good but defense is terrible. The player ran past him before he noticed.
    The midfield looks much better with Torr in.
    AMN has a very good game. He is solid defensively.
    Auba is still missing chances.

  34. Joe

    Un

    Should we make a list of wengers embarrasments

    We’d be here all fucking day

    The biggest being embarrassment being akbs like you

  35. Kay

    @Un

    Neither did I say we should be winning left right and center.

    I am all but realistic except that I dont have to fight to save the Legacy of Arsene but its Arsenal I care about.

  36. Wenker-wanger

    Is this same fraud of a manager that suffered 8-2. 6-0 etc and the Birmingham cup final shambles. Utter shite manager….given the best defense in Europe at the time…lived on the power of that graham-built unit untill when they finally disappeared, his fortunes disappeared.

  37. Un na naai

    Kay

    Nobody has to fight for him. His legacy is the invincibles. The fact that you use it as your barometer for success is testament as such.

    Next

  38. Marko

    It’s such a mundane and simple point being made and you continue to spin a line of horseshit to go with it.

    Sure sure. I remember the summer after the Chelsea Cup final win the 5-2-3 formation and Mertesacker is back and the whole summer you arguing with me about tactics and the new formation over signing up new CB’s and how did that work out? There’s no special formation or secret tactic being worked out on the training pitch that will make Koscielny, Mustafi et all better defenders they are error prone to the extreme. We’ve been hamstrung by poorly signed awful CB’s for years and that doesn’t miraculously change with a new manager. You want a better outcome from Arsenal’s defence how about trying to get new defenders instead of a new manager

  39. Wenker-wanger

    Unai you want to chat about defenders…?
    Ok sokratis maybe not Tony Adams.
    Let’s be fair here..ok Wenger’s defenders. Squillacci, Cygan stephanovs, silvestrre, … chamber’s…
    Case closed mate.

  40. Joe

    Imagine if wenger has inherited the mess he left emery.

    He wouldn’t have lasted 1 season

    Wenger and his akb wankers should be kneeling at the shrine of GG every fucking day for leaving him possibly.best back 5 ever in the history of the PL and a winning attitude and rioch for DB10

    Emery has been left with a lot of garbage and baggage

  41. Marko

    I’m not making excuses for the manager (that’s Charlie’s old job) he should be doing a better job defensively we should be doing better in first halfs and keeping at least some more clean sheets that’s on him but he’s got an excuse in the sense that he inherited some truly bad defensive players and until they’re gone these types of games are still very much here to stay.

  42. Wenker-wanger

    @ Joe..I know you’re not popular on here….but I for one cannot fault your opinion on Wenger.
    It’s going to take time to clear this howling fckin mess up. But the signs are there.
    Some of our players are only playing as Emery won’t risk blooding 18 year olds in the prem it would seem.

  43. Kayciey

    Unai you want to chat about defenders…?
    Ok sokratis maybe not Tony Adams.
    Let’s be fair here..ok Wenger’s defenders. Squillacci, Cygan stephanovs, silvestrre, … chamber’s…
    Case closed mate.

    More like Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Lauren, Ashley Cole, Clichy, Jens ……..Bellerin

  44. jasongms

    Marco,

    I really don’t know why you engage cc, the lad still fantasises that arsene will come back because he truly believes he has one more premiership in him, eh Charlie…

    Grief-stricken psychologically damaged AKB.

  45. Champagne charlie

    “ I remember the summer after the Chelsea Cup final win the 5-2-3 formation and Mertesacker is back and the whole summer you arguing with me about tactics and the new formation over signing up new CB’s and how did that work out?”

    No you don’t remember that, you remember spinning it as that which is exactly what I’ve just pointed out you doing yet again by claiming people are saying anything should be “solved” with a new manager.

    I said then, as I do now, that our issues aren’t as simple as buying a new back 5 (which is always your go to).

    Rafa Benitez would have us a meaner defence with the same group, and he doesn’t go to Hogwarts you dense cunt.

  46. Wenker-wanger

    Bellerin has only just learning how to defend..oh I forgot that rock William Gallas…fine attitude..
    Let’s open it up…gervinho? Bentdner?…the square pass Brazilian..so fckin nondescript I can’t remember his name…. Francis 16 million Jeffers…
    Wenger-style-failure acquisitions generally bombed or if they were good they’d leave the specialist in failure.
    Wenger….total charlatan.

  47. Un na naai

    Wenker

    Yes but it’s nit his fault. Coaching is fanciful. If the board doesn’t sign the world class players then you can’t exoect us not to lose 8-2 or 5-1 can you??

  48. Champagne charlie

    Jason

    True colours coming through there mate? Best jump back on your mums tit before she knows your gone, off you go.

  49. Un na naai

    Rafa Benitez would have us a meaner defence with the same group, and he doesn’t go to Hogwarts you dense cunt.

    Hahahaha

  50. Un na naai

    I’m not making excuses for the manager (that’s Charlie’s old job)

    Marko

    I quote

    “He’s not a defensive manager so expecting HIM to coach the defence is fanciful”

    In the words of Radiohead

    You do it to yourself, you do…..

  51. jasongms

    Charlie’s read a few Harry Potter books and now he’s confident enough to write a few lines on a blog.. still think Arsene has one more premiership in him Charlie, how’s that going for you?

  52. Jay

    Emery is same cunt as wenger used to be, taking lacazette off when he looks like scoring a hattrick, apart from that good game for our boys, one of only few this season

  53. Wenker-wanger

    Wenger had money…he just creamed it up the wall….Leicester proved it’s not all about money… Wenger punched below his weight. End of.

  54. Un na naai

    You want a better outcome from Arsenal’s defence how about trying to get new defenders instead of a new manager

    Marko

    Looool

    Funny you weren’t of that opinion the season we came second above all of our rivals

  55. Un na naai

    Rt

    Fuck orfff you plum. Wenger never rated Cole
    Wenger moves him to left back and he became the best premier league full back of all time

  56. Freddie Ljungberg

    Gambon

    I think we should be doing a bit better defensively, sure. At the same time how much do we sacrifice our attack for that?

    Without touching the defense at all, if we had a proper CM instead of Xhaka, a proper CAM and 2 quick, dribbling, goalscoring wingers we would concede a lot less. Less pressure on the defence and our fullbacks could stay back a lot more.

    As it is right now if our fullbacks stay back we will stop scoring.

    That doesn’t even account for our error prone/broken CBs

    So, yeah, taking all of that into account I’m willing to give the new manager a chance, I don’t care who it is, this only gets fixed by buying better players, not only defenders either, we’re piss poor straight across the team.

  57. Un na naai

    Wanker

    Exactly
    Now you’re speaking my language. It’s not all about money. It’s about getting the basics right. Which is why we have regressed further this season.

  58. Un na naai

    Without touching the defense at all, if we had a proper CM instead of Xhaka, a proper CAM and 2 quick, dribbling, goalscoring wingers we would concede a lot less. Less pressure on the defence and our fullbacks could stay back a lot more.

    Not asking much are you Freddie???
    All we need is to score more goals than the opposition more frequently than the opposition and we win the league…
    Simple

  59. Joe

    Cole was basically transferred until Lauren? Forgot his passport

    Wenger didn’t rate cole. Fact. Wenger is clueless in seeing talent unless it falls on to his lap like cesc, RVP , etc

  60. azed

    Un

    Actually Wenger was about to ship Cashley out. He only stayed because of problems with Silvinho’s passport.

  61. Un na naai

    Rt

    I’d take Chelsea doing the double over us and finishing above them city pool spurs and united every year mate

    Put your pyjamas on now and go to bed

  62. Wenker-wanger

    I maybe looking into a bet by for the future..: Frank lampard England manager before 2030…. Comments please..constructive and articulate if possible.

  63. azed

    Freddie

    Well said. Emery can decide to play more defensive and compete with the likes of Wolves and Leicester or maximize the strongest part of his squad to the fullest which is out scoring opponents.

  64. Un na naai

    Joey Joey Joey

    You clearly weren’t around in those days were you?? Making out you used to sit in the clock end

    You’ve just exposed yourself

    Lauren was a right back muffin man.

    And rvp and cesc didn’t fall on our laps my little apron wearing chum. They were scouted our and developed into world class talents

    Tsk tsk. Created quite the little fantasy personality on here haven’t we muffin man??

  65. Un na naai

    Azed

    Yes I remember. But he didn’t rate him as a striker. Not as a left back. He was played there by chance and we all know what happened then. He was unturned and developed and bracket the greatest full back in premier league history

  66. Wenker-wanger

    When we argue Wenger’s historical atrocious signings..we forget so many as there have been so many and spread over 20 years.
    It’s easier to recall the good ones…and to be fair to the fraud. There were some great ones….players that didn’t need coaching…..of course.

  67. Joe

    hahaha Un

    Cesc and RVP were always WC talents.

    Wenger did nothing but give them playing time.

    As for the cole thing. You got it complete wrong and that why your avoiding the actual point of the passport story

    Now back to your bed akb wanker

  68. Freddie Ljungberg

    Un na naai

    I know you’re a bit thick, so I’ll try to explain it so you can understand:

    Our central midfield is not good enough, only Torreira should be a starter, we have no CAM at all, and we have no wingers. Our only goal threats are our 2 strikers and we really shouldn’t play them together all the time either if we want to keep them healthy.

    The crappy state of the attack impacts the defence negatively since if we’re going to create anything the fullback have to bomb forward at every opportunity which leaves us exposed at the back.

    I’m not saying fix everything in one window but this is the mess Wenger left.

  69. Wenker-wanger

    SANOGO…. Wenger hung his reputation on him…haha….you really have to laugh….there is no other comment to make…says it all…

  70. Un na naai

    Cesc and RVP were always WC talents. Wenger did nothing but give them playing time. As for the cole thing. You got it complete wrong and that why your avoiding the actual point of the passport story

    I didn’t avoid the passport story I just wasn’t going to address an amoeba like you when you clearly were masturbating to ice hockey in those days or swinging around poles

    No. Cesc and rvp were not always world class talents.

    You clearly didn’t watch us in the day but that’s not what you said either is it??

    Try to remember now muffin man. What did you say??

    They fell on his lap…….
    WRONG. They were scouted and developed.

    Rvp was a winger converted into a 10 then a goal machine

    Cesc was a deep lying playmaker and developed into a goal scoring attacking midfielder.

    You clearly were not pretending to be a gooner in 04/05 were you?

  71. Wenker-wanger

    Claude Puyol is a good manager…..he is even winning vardy round…. He has no charisma…a la klopp… But what a record recently……( Cardiff was one of those games that teams in mid table are prone to losing to)

  72. Un na naai

    Freddie

    Woooooo. Chill those herbs princess.

    I’ll deal with you like I deal with my 4 year old
    You’re a master tactician. I never realised before. I apologise profusely. Well done. Gold star on the chart for you

  73. Freddie Ljungberg

    Great response champ.

    We’re really missing a broken Wilshere and an over the hill Cazorla right now. Smh

  74. Un na naai

    Freddie

    Can’t be any worse than xakha though right? Didn’t you just say how awful our midfield is? Isn’t santi off in Spain scoring worldies and back to his best??

    Shhhhhhhhh. Out another star on your star chart and settle down now
    Bed time soon

  75. Un na naai

    Rt

    Allow me to re reiterate

    He was a forward and he was converted by wenger to full back
    Yes it was by chance and yes wenger was going to let him go but I’m sorry if I never really fancied bergkamp in goal but I’d have been thinking about letting him go too…

  76. Freddie Ljungberg

    It is bedtime actually, have to get up and drive the kids to school in 6 hours.

    Also grow up.

    As awful as Xhaka is Cazorla was done in the PL before his injury, doubt he would have been able to keep up now, even if he can manage 60 minutes a week in Spain.

    Wilshere hasn’t been good enough for years and is broken beyond repair, out for the season already at West Ham and has been pretty shit when he did manage to play.