Arsenal fans loading up #MindTheGap memes

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Today could mark the biggest week in the career of the mighty Unai Emery.

Spurs fans; fresh off petitioning the UK Government to make Top 4 an actual trophy so Pochettino can be reclassified as a proper coach, are nervously chewing their nails at the prospect of Arsenal fans gearing up their best #MINDTHEGAP memes.

They have to go away to Stamford Bridge to play a bruised and battered Chelsea. Spurs themselves are fresh off the back of a BREXIT beating from the LOCAL heroes of Burnley. They’ll likely be mentally fatigued and feeling symptoms of queasiness, fearing a giant bout of Spursy like behaviour is about the disrupt their GREATEST EVER SEASON.

I live for this. Remember back in the day when Arsenal would land in Februray, exactly this point in the season, bright eyed and bushy tailed because we were in three tournaments… only to get spanked by Monaco in the Champions League, lose to Blackburn in the FA Cup, then get slapped out of the league with three distressing defeats.

Could that be ‘plucky’ Spurs this evening?

Which Chelsea will show up? The team that rode Manchester City hard with a carefully crafted tactical plan that was both pragmatic and disciplined. Or will the players down tool, write their own team sheet and let the gods take care of the Sarri situation?

Who knows… but at the moment, I’m dreaming of a momentous collapse of the homeless ones.

Arsenal welcomes Bournemouth. They haven’t managed to build much consistency of late, but we know they can cause problems for us. They’ve scored 38 goals this season, which isn’t bad for a team that sits in 12th. However, their defence is shocking, especially on the road, so I’m hoping Emery stacks the team to break them early doors just like we’ve done in our last two games.

We really need fresh legs at the weekend. The quicker we can kill off the game and go into the energy conservation mode, the better… even more important because we know Spurs do not have that luxury.

In other news, Rob Holding is back in the training looking very pleased with himself on the Arsenal Twitter. Cannot wait for him to be back in the first team.

Leicester have binned Puel and brought back Brendy Rodgers! Great news for the Premier League. The exLiverpool manager deserves to be in mix over here and hopefully he’ll have a successful return. We need more nutters in the league and I live for his prezzers. Leicester really don’t fuck around, do they?

In blander news, Arsenal apparently fancied Atlanta’s Almiron this January, but the club couldn’t pull together £16m for him. Quite unbelievable. It’s always tough to know if someone will adapt from MLS, but that’s not the point, the point is we wante him, but could only muster a loan ask. Rapha Honigstein noted that the same thing happened with Nkunku, a player I watched score at the weekend, a player who definitely isn’t going to be available this summer. He really could have been handy for the run-in.

Think about this situation. The tightest club in the league, with Mike Ashley at the helm, had more money to spend than Arsenal this window. How can we be pleading poverty with £400m revenue? The only thing I’m thankful is that Emery didn’t lead us on. It would appear that going private with Stan is like giving £100 to the guy in the white van at a petrol garage and hoping he comes back with a flatscreen TV.

Except the flatscreen was Denis Suarez… and there’s water leaking from the remote. Bad times.

Right, BIG game tonight, let’s hope for an easy win, no injuries and a big fat spanking for Spurs.

COME ON YOU GOONERS! x

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  1. Danish Gooner

    There is money coming out of Kroenkes butt hole and we generate more then 3,5 mil each home game,how can we not afford a 15 mil player ? Doesnt bode well for the summer.

  2. qna

    Almiron is good enough. Glad we didn’t wast 16m on him. Just crossing my fingers we don’t make Suarez permanent.

    Julian Brandt and Nicolas Pepe are the two that we need to sign. Convince Rabiot to sign with us and that will be a great summer. Add a few more names that we’ve never heard of like Guendouzi while we are at it.

  3. Words on a Blog

    Off to the Emirates in a few hours…..I really, really, hope that we don’t mess things up and manage to keep some momentum going…….without wanting to sound too fashy, it’s time to be cruel to The Homeless

  4. Marc

    Pedro

    I know what you mean. I miss watching them mouth off then fall flat on their faces, I miss cracking Spursday night football jokes and I miss St Totteringhams day.

    COME ON ARSENAL!!!!

  5. Pedro

    Marko on the other thread arguing the idea that assistants are groomed to become coaches is nonsense.

    Deary me, sometimes I wonder.

    PEOPLE ARE BORN MANAGERS

  6. zaco

    qna

    “Almiron is good enough. Glad we didn’t wast 16m on him. Just crossing my fingers we don’t make Suarez permanent.”
    ============
    Pedro

    “QNA, probably could have been more effective than Suarez.”

    what have Suarez done to deserve being written off? if you guys were the manager players like M”vila, Gourcuff, Imbula, Scheiderlin would have all signed for Arsenal few years ago. I remember when… allow the guy to settle in and them prove what a good/buy player

  7. Dissenter

    Peds
    I’m surprised you didn’t put this issue away because your POV got relentlessly battered in the last thread,.

    PEOPLE AREN’T BORN ASSISTANT MANAGERS

    There’s a posse of angry grovites waiting for ya every time you start this Arteta debate and you always come out worse.

  8. Dissenter

    Almiron was too expensive for a player coming from the MLS.
    I would rather us give Saka a go before spending that much on a 25 yr old Paraguayan player with three national team caps and no European experience.

  9. zaco

    yes i know we didn’t buy him but if he prove his worth within the loan period should we not sign him? he has the 6 months loan period to convince the club to buy or not, my argument is that we all have to watch him play FIRST before saying the club should or should not sign him permanently.

  10. Words on a Blog

    Why bother to wait to actually see the guy play for, oh I don’t know, 90 minutes or so, before screaming – HE IS SH-T!

  11. Pedro

    Dissenter,

    If coming out worse means a lot of ill-informed people making dim statements, then yes, you are right.

    Arteta is doing exactly the right thing if he wants to be a manager one day.

    Working with the best in the business
    Developing good players and making them great
    Learning how to create a winning machine

    There is not better mentorship program in the world.

    Anyone saying he just sits there is ignorant and you really have to question the motives of such silly statements.

  12. zaco

    Words on a Blog

    i’m sure you would have canceled Fabinho’s contract after watching him give the ball away in his first few matches for Liverpool, that’s if you were Klopp

  13. Marko

    There’s no buzz around Henry, absolutely none…There’s lots of buzz about Arteta stemming from the idea he’s a bloody good managerial prospect.

    All I’m hearing is buzz is enough to be considered Arsenal manager and that actual experience isn’t necessary. Which is remarkable to me. Quick question though can any of the people making a case for an assistant to become Arsenal manager outside of Tito Villanova cite any other example of an assistant going straight into a top job let alone being successful?

    Please and thank you

  14. Dissenter

    I don’t really think Suarez is all that
    You can tell a special player very quickly. He’s not worth 18 million, that’s for sure.

  15. zaco

    talking about Arteta, i know many would not agree with me but i would consider Ljumberg for the managerial job first before Arteta

  16. Marko

    Marko on the other thread arguing the idea that assistants are groomed to become coaches is nonsense.

    Was that it? I was arguing that you shouldn’t be a manager at a top club without showing that you’re actually capable of being a manager first. That’s it moreso. Plenty of people go from being an assistant to being a manager and then if they’re good enough they manage at a top club. Almost never do you see an assistant walk into a top job without showing something. Take Poch for example he didn’t go from assistant of the ladies team at Espanyol to the Spurs job. He went assistant of the ladies team to 3 years at Espanyol to a stint in Southampton before taking on Spurs. Had over 200 games as an actual manager before the Spurs job

  17. salparadisenyc

    Mourinho would likely be the ‘biggest’ manager to go right from assistant to manager replacing Heynekes at Benfica.

  18. Pedro

    Marko, interesting that you would create a narrow dataset to make a strawman conclusion that is a bit duff.

    A lot of technical innovation happens at smaller clubs. Less resource, finer margins, a need for innovation.

    Your original point was assistants, or backroom staff don’t make good managers. An insinuation that you can’t learn management, you are just born with it.

    This notion is patently untrue.

    Your question should be, ‘can I have examples of assistants or backroom staff becoming great managers’, of which there would be many.

    Top clubs are generally more risk-averse, they are run by people who waste money and consistently make expensive mistakes because they can afford to.

    But really, Zidane, Pep and Mourinho are the standouts for what happens when you take a chance of unknown talents.

    More modern examples from smaller clubs would be Nagelsmann, Marco Rose and Tuchel.

    The difference between big club/small club is overblown and it certainly can’t be used to prove out your point. Big clubs like big names. Doesn’t mean that’s always the right decision.

  19. HighburyLegend

    “More modern examples from smaller clubs would be Nagelsmann, Marco Rose and Tuchel.”

    Erm… there’s a name missing.

  20. Dissenter

    Pedro
    “Marko on the other thread arguing the idea that assistants are groomed to become coaches is nonsense.”

    That was not the argument though.
    The argument was that do we ascribe special sauce on that individual just for being in mentoring, grooming or apprenticeship?
    The loud rebuttal you’re getting is that we wait until they actually do something with their training and become established managers before we place them on a pedestal coated with pizzaz,

  21. Nelson

    I find that the arrangement of a loan with option to buy in a six month period is not fair to a player. Every time he steps on the pitch, he is feeling a lot of pressure. His every move is being judged. He also has to adapt to a new club and a new country. I hope Emery will give him sufficient time to show what he can do.

  22. azed

    Pedro

    We can go through the list of the top managers in the last 15 years and find out how many of their assistants went on to become top managers.

  23. Dissenter

    Nelson
    It’s different with Suarez though.
    The English game is not that foreign for him because he was in the City academy till the age of 19 years. He’s playing with a manager at Arsenal who knows him already.
    More over these players understand pressure because they’ve lived with it from the academy stages.
    He’ll get a fair shake in these 6 months. He knows there’s a reason why Arsenal didn’t want an obligatory purchase attached to the loan. There are good clubs that will have him and play him so he will be okay regardless.

  24. zaco

    Pedro
    “But really, Zidane, Pep and Mourinho are the standouts for what happens when you take a chance of unknown talents”

    That is the reason I would rather the club give the job to Freddy Ljumberg (who has actually managed a team) than Arteta.

  25. Luteo Guenreira

    “I find that the arrangement of a loan with option to buy in a six month period is not fair to a player.”

    You probably won’t feel the same way once we buy Suarez for £20m in the summer and pay him £100k per week.

  26. Pedro

    Zaco, wider point right there… why aren’t we growing our own managers like Red Bull?

    Would seem smart. All raised on the same philosophy, will all know the player, understand the club.

    I’d not be against that.

  27. Pedro

    Azed, or you could look at top managers and see whether they were a backroom staffer at some point. That might be a better way to look at things.

    Not all assistants want to become managers, so your methodology is fatally flawed.

  28. Marko

    Your original point was assistants, or backroom staff don’t make good managers. An insinuation that you can’t learn management, you are just born with it.

    Not at all what I said or insinuated. Totally false

    But really, Zidane, Pep and Mourinho are the standouts for what happens when you take a chance of unknown talents.

    Yeah but they had experience prior to taking on the top jobs. ZZ and Pep had two years at the B teams managing. Jose is a weird one but even he had spells at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria before Porto and even only got the Chelsea job because he performed at Porto. Not a one of those examples went from two years as an assistant to a manager at a top club. And that right there is my point. Outside of Villanova who goes from an assistant position to a manager at a top club? Arteta unfortunately will have to actually show that he can be a manager before he should be manager of Arsenal football club

  29. Marko

    More modern examples from smaller clubs would be Nagelsmann, Marco Rose and Tuchel.

    Are you for real? Tuchel managed Augsburg and spent 5 years at Mainz before taking the Dortmund job. Not like he went from coach at Stuttgart to PSG. Marco Rose and Nagelsmann are strange choices to bring up since they’re doing exactly what it is that I think Arteta needs to be doing before he’s considered for a top job as in gaining experience and proving themselves before taking on a big job. There’s a reason Nagelsmann is taking on Leipzig after Hoffenheim and not just jumping in to the Bayern job it’s because he’s not proven himself yet and they don’t think he’s ready. By all means if Arteta wants to take on a job like Hoffenheim for a couple years and then maybe somewhere like Villarreal and impress there then I can get behind the idea of him

  30. Elmo

    Danish

    The club considers itself skint because it declared a huge operational loss of £47.2m, which only turned into a profit before tax (what the papers will report) due to £120m of player sales. With those player sales not being replicated, and investment in the squad increasing amortisation and wage expenses, that operational loss will mean we are reporting big annual losses until we get the wage bill under control and get back in the CL (the 2019/20 Emirates / Adidas deals won’t even cover our current operational losses). The media narrative will shift from Arsenal being a financially well-run club to being an economic basket-case.

    While there were £231m of cash assets in the bank, meaning there should be some money to spend on players (Swiss Ramble estimates £60m odd), it wouldn’t surprise me if the Kroenkes have looked at the accounts (the one thing they understand), realised that there’s a reasonable chance of big accounting losses for the next few years, and instructed that the club needs to hold that cash as a buffer, as he has no intention of underwriting any shortfalls in the future himself.

    To start righting the ship, we need to finish 4th, then get to work making the wage bill fit for purpose this summer.

    https://twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1088795525472755717?s=19

  31. Champagne charlie

    “We can go through the list of the top managers in the last 15 years and find out how many of their assistants went on to become top managers.“

    This makes no sense, intention is missing and that’s a huge variable.

    Why don’t you make your best 10 managers in world football and draw a line back to where they started or how they started?

    The overriding point of the Arteta talk was that it would be welcome for Arsenal to seek to pluck a guy right at the start of an apparent upward curve. Same process with players, yea it’s dead great getting guys like Neymar, also great getting guys like Pepe, but even better getting guys like Sancho right when they leave the academy and before a pro football is kicked.

    Managers are football coaches, Arteta is doing 90% of what Pep does day to day so this idea he’s sat on YouTube whilst Pep takes training is frankly laughable. Take your pick of professions that you aspire to succeed in, now wonder how shadowing and working with the best on the planet would serve your own career? Madness to dismiss it as a cushy number.

  32. Marko

    Zaco, wider point right there… why aren’t we growing our own managers like Red Bull?

    Because we’re not a franchise and we plan on being a serious club again. No way would you get away with doing what RB Salzburg are doing in England. And Leipzig are a feeder club first and foremost. We did that we’d be a laughing stock.

  33. Pedro

    Marko,

    Tuchel was a youth team coach for Stuttgart for 5 years, then he took his first managerial job.

    Backroom to managerial job.

    You have tried to create a really narrow set of variables to prove that backroom staff don’t make good managers.

    It’s not true.

    Even going with your dataset, we’ve got Jose, Zidane, Villanova and Pep G.

  34. Pedro

    Guns, not Arteta.

    Marko is arguing that learning the ropes in the back room doesn’t produce managers.

    He’s totally obsessed.

  35. Dissenter

    “Arteta is doing 90% of what Pep does day to day so this idea he’s sat on YouTube whilst Pep takes training is frankly laughable. ”

    Nope
    Arteta is doing whatever Pep chooses to assign to him.
    He’s not doing 90% of what Pep does every day. He may have done bits and pieces over time that give him a full understanding of the job eventually.
    It’s like washing a blue whale; Pep is the only one that has the full view of the project while his assistants are working on different parts of the whale.

  36. Marko

    Why don’t you make your best 10 managers in world football and draw a line back to where they started or how they started?

    Exactly. Any of them go from assistant straight to a top job? Bar Tito Villanova. I’m still waiting for someone to show where an assistant has gone straight to a manager at a top club.

  37. Dissenter

    Pedro,
    “Tuchel was a youth team coach for Stuttgart for 5 years, then he took his first managerial job”

    …then he took his first managerial job ——————— which is the pont everyone bar CC is making to you.
    From that first job as manager of the Ausburg reserve team in the German division 3, it took him 8 long years to manage a proper big team in BVB.

    You wanted Arteta to match from city assistant manager to be manager of a rival of man city.
    Don’t you see all the holes in the argument you’re trying to make.

  38. Marko

    The overriding point of the Arteta talk was that it would be welcome for Arsenal to seek to pluck a guy right at the start of an apparent upward curve. Same process with players, yea it’s dead great getting guys like Neymar, also great getting guys like Pepe, but even better getting guys like Sancho right when they leave the academy and before a pro football is kicked. Managers are football coaches, Arteta is doing 90% of what Pep does

    This is basically the argument for Arteta and it’s frankly hypothetical. But it’s interesting cause it’s kinda the point that I’m making citing Neymar and Sancho and Pepe well Neymar didn’t go to Barcelona until he showed what he was capable of at Santos. Sancho didn’t go straight into the City first team it’s only now him showing what he’s capable of at Dortmund that has people talking about him. Pepe’s exploits this season and this season alone has many of the big clubs interested in him. He’s had to show his quality first before he gets his big move

  39. Pedro

    Dissenter,

    Clarify the argument.

    Is it that backroom staff don’t make good managers?

    Is it that you are only a good backroom staffer if you manager a team?

    What are the specifics of what you are saying?

    Is it that if you are an assistant you don’t do anything?

    There are only holes in the argument because you and Marko are struggling to clarify what your point is.

  40. Dissenter

    Pedro
    “Marko is arguing that learning the ropes in the back room doesn’t produce managers.”

    That’s not what Marko or anyone else has been saying. That has NEVER been the argument here,
    When did Marko ever suggest this?
    We are saying that regardless of where you do your tutelage, pizzazz is not due until that apprentice has taken the plunge to do well in a chief’s coach’s job.

  41. Marko

    Pep > Barcelona
    Zidane > Real
    Jose > Benfica
    Tito > Barca

    Pep two years managing the B team
    Zidane two years managing the B team
    Jose fair enough.
    Tito great example. The only one who’s probably gone from assistant manager straight to a top job at a big club and that it’s worked out

    Tuchel was a youth team coach for Stuttgart for 5 years, then he took his first managerial job.Backroom to managerial job.

    Exactly. He took on Ausburg then 5 years at Mainz and then got the Dortmund job and then got the PSG job. It’s not like he went straight to the Dortmund job or PSG job

  42. Pedro

    Still not clear dissenter.

    Backroom staff can’t take jobs as managers until they’ve been managers?

    Doesn’t make sense or line up with how other clubs operate.

  43. jwl

    Pedro – Marko and Dissenter have clearly stated their opinion on novice Arteta, it is you who is struggling to justify your opinion that a person with no managerial experience should take over one of top clubs in Europe because he sits beside Pep.

  44. Marko

    Dissenter I’m so glad that you’re able to tell what it is that I am trying to say as opposed to what I’m not saying.

    For the record what I’m saying is that we shouldn’t appoint an assistant manager for the position of Arsenal manager especially one who hasn’t at least showed an ability to actually manage first.

  45. Pedro

    Marko,

    So your requisite for the backroom staff moving to managers is they have to have managed a B team?

    Assisting the first team and helping them reach never been seen before levels not the ticket. But B team is great?

  46. Pedro

    One of the greatest managers in modern history was born of assistant to manager, and you have acknowledged that.

    Pretty good case right there that you are wrong on this one.

  47. Marko

    I actually can’t believe that someone said that Arteta does 90% of what Pep does. I assume that was an attempt at humour

  48. Pedro

    JWL,

    If Pep thought Arteta would be better served managing the B team, he’d be there.

    That’s how these things work. The best minds work closest to the manager.

  49. Pedro

    Marko,

    If your position was that you wouldn’t make an assistant a manager, then we’d not be having this conversation.

    Your position was it doesn’t work.

    Despite there being spectacular evidence to the contrary, even with the ridiculously tight variables you put on the argument.

  50. TheLegendaryDB10

    Pedro @ 17:17:29

    Would seem smart. All raised on the same philosophy, will all know the player, understand the club.

    A great idea. Arsenal should have planned exactly like this for post Wenger to carry on the “playing football The Arsenal way” mantra we built under him.

    Why this has not happened has a simple answer: total lack of footballing ambition at BoD and owner level. One just has to look at out BoD and realise that we do not have and never had some football minded people to help steer the Club in this direction.

  51. Marko

    So your requisite for the backroom staff moving to managers is they have to have managed a B team?

    No no they just have to prove that they can actually manage first. Pep and Zidane actually managed their respective B teams for two seasons before taking on the top job. That’s actually managing by the way their B teams take part in games and actually buy and sell players specifically to their squads.

    Is it so absurd to ask that Arteta show that he’s actually capable of managing a football club before he takes on a good job and tough job like Arsenal football club?

  52. Pedro

    TheLegendaryDB10, agree.

    But also a lack of foresight from Wenger, because I presume he never intended to retire.

    Should have had a stock of backroom staff ready to go for his job.

  53. Pedro

    Marko,

    We get it now.

    You think B team coaching is more valuable than being an assistant.

    We have ascertained that backroom staff is a good place to pick managers from. Youth team coaches, B team coaches and assistants.

    Your opinion is that Areta would flop.

    That’s great. Some think that, some don’t. Just don’t be militant that it was a sure bet of failure because you don’t know that.

  54. Marko

    Pretty good case right there that you are wrong on this one. Your position was it doesn’t work.Despite there being spectacular evidence to the contrary, even with the ridiculously tight variables you put on the argument.

    What’s the spectacular evidence? I seem to have missed that one. Jose at Benfica? Maybe not the greatest example he lasted 9 league games and then went to Uniao de Leiria before the Porto job. Villanova is the only proper example but that’s Barcelona. I could manage them around that time. Just so we’re clear everytime you bring up Pep or Zidane you’re bringing up people who managed before getting a top job. They actually managed teams Arteta hasn’t.

  55. Un Battle Angel

    Post a comment warning others about a sicko trying to harm children and some thick post man insinuates I’m some sort of paedo??? I bet you got battered a lot throughout your life marko

  56. TheLegendaryDB10

    Pedro

    But also a lack of foresight from Wenger, because I presume he never intended to retire.

    Well as you know, AW could have never left and indeed didn’t really leave on his own volition. He was too power crazed to have even thought of this in the first place. If he really had Arsenal at heart he would have helped such a scheme happen. His reaction to even having a DoF said it all really. If he had allowed even this, then who knows we could have had a driver for such a scheme.

    The club has missed a real trick there.

    One of the reasons why we were frequently set up against Barca in the CL was because it was advertised as 2 club’s who had a singular mind in wanting to display amazing football on the pitch.

  57. Pedro

    Jose Mourinho, one of the greatest managers of all time, was an assistant.

    Not just a good coach, one of the greatest ever.

    That is spectacular.

    You are very pedantic.

  58. jwl

    Pedro – I am not wedded to my opinion, I have open mind, so please give me three examples of coaches with sweet fa experience as manager being appointed as manager to one of elite clubs in Europe and making success of it.

    Other than Tito V at Barca who inherited some of best players of their generation, I would like some examples of world class managers who were appointed to elite job with no experience. All proper managers start their career at lesser clubs to gain experience and then move up the ladder after they prove their abilities.

  59. Marko

    You think B team coaching is more valuable than being an assistant.

    In Spain at Barcelona and Madrid it is yes. Because they take part in league games. There’s actual management involved. Making substitutions and tactics and all that. Things Mikel would do that he wouldn’t being an assistant.

    Your opinion is that Areta would flop.

    If he went straight into managing Arsenal without showing that he could manage? I would say so but I don’t know. Ultimately that’s what it’s about not knowing if can actually manage and then asking him to manage Arsenal football club.

    Just don’t be militant that it was a sure bet of failure because you don’t know that.

    Right back at cha

  60. Marko

    Post a comment warning others about a sicko trying to harm children and some thick post man insinuates I’m some sort of paedo??? I bet you got battered a lot throughout your life marko

    Didn’t insinuate anything you idiot. Grow up you halfwit if it’s not something stupid it’s something political always looking to stir the pot.

  61. Pedro

    JWL, when you end your argument with ‘apart from’ and the two examples are a man who is one of the greatest, and the other delivered Barca record points, you should assess if you’ve answered your own question.

    You also have to go back to the B team argument.

    Zidane wasn’t given the Real job based on his B team record. He didn’t even have coaching badges when he took the job. His record was bland. 45% win ratio, only 14 clean sheets… nothing in there that would suggest his 69% win percentage for the senior team was going to happen.

    Same with Pep G, he wasn’t being judged on what he did with the B team, they were always going to give a darling of the club a chance to make some magic happen.

    Arteta is the right-hand man of Pep. If you don’ think that’s an endorsement, great, you have the right to an opinion, but know it’s a bad one and demonstrates a distinct lack of understanding of how Pep operates and how much elite managers lean on their staff.

  62. Marko

    Jose Mourinho, one of the greatest managers of all time, was an assistant

    He had to prove himself as a manager though. I daresay no one at the time was saying that he was doing 90% of the work Bobby Robson was doing or at the time he was being linked with Barcelona cause he was that good of an assistant. He had to prove himself first. What has Arteta proven to be in with a chance of getting the Arsenal job? It’s a ridiculous discussion at the end of the day.

  63. Marko

    Same with Pep G, he wasn’t being judged on what he did with the B team, they were always going to give a darling of the club a chance to make some magic happen.

    Why weren’t they offered the jobs straight away then? Why did they insist on a stint actually managing first? Could it be cause that’s smart? Because even just a small bit of managerial experience is better than zero managerial experience. Even Enrique spent 3 years at Barca B then stints at Roma and Celta Vigo before the Barcelona job

  64. Nelson

    Reminder: we have a game today.

    Arsenal: Leno, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.

    Subs: Cech, Elneny, Mustafi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Lacazette, Suarez

  65. Pedro

    I’m not going to continue down the pedantic rabbit hole you want to head.

    Your argument is bust, but at least Dissenter is with you.

    BIG GAME.

    Phase 1 of Spurs catch up incoming.

  66. Nelson

    There is another list:

    Arsenal: Leno, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang

    Subs: Cech, Mustafi, Elneny, Iwobi, Suarez, Ramsey, Lacazette

  67. Pedro

    Sokratis starting again is a bit of a worry… imagine Xhaka is being rested for Spurs.

    Bournemouth are shit on the road, so hopefully we’ll crush them.

  68. Dissenter

    Pedro,
    Our next manager is going to be Viera
    He’s gaining good experience at Nice while Arteta is still ASSISTING Guardiola.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    It’s 2021 and we are set to hire a new manager after Emery who is leaving to manage Spain.
    If you had a choice between Arteta [6 years professional assistant manager] and Paddy V [with 3 years of proper football management at Nice], who of the two will you choose?

  69. Pedro

    Dissenter,

    I’d setup interviews, interrogate them about their footballing philosophy, how they deal with conflict, look for examples of how they’ve improved players, get into detail about their view on tactics, pressing, developing young players and I’d have it all in a big, beautiful powerpoint.

    I’d also set them scenarios and ask them to tell me what they’d do… and I’d probably ask for an opinion on what they’d do with the current squad to improve it / ask how they’d deal with our key players.

    Only idiots make decisions on hiring based on things they can find on google.

  70. Dissenter

    Pedro
    You ducked the hypothetical scenario I posed though.
    One has assisted a very successful head coach for 6 years
    vs
    A club legend who has done a decent job with modest resources at Nice, probably qualified them for the CL once in three years. One that has learned from the school of hard knocks.

  71. Pierre

    luteo Guinreira

    Making childish homophobic comments will gain you many friends on here.

    Next time try using adult humour if you have a point to make.

  72. Un Battle Angel

    Pedro

    I didn’t threaten, how can I? It’s not like I’ll ever cross paths with him.
    Anyway. Line under the sand. Was a particularly bitchy and needless comment from the blog’s undisputed king of dumb dumb posts.

    Some of the world’s best managers start off as assistants or backroom coaches before taking the reigns of their own sides
    The argument has been done to death
    Solkjear is now proving what can be achieved with a risky appointment rather than the dull safe hands approach.
    Look at Chelsea. Avram grant, Phil scolari, Sarri. Compare that to when they’ve taken a punt on a fresh and vigorous up and comer.
    Jose- titles
    Conte- titles
    Di matteo- champions league.

    The only safe hands appointment they’ve made that hasn’t fallen flat was ancelotti who is class and way out of emery’s league. If you’re going for safe hands then you need to go to top shelf class. Otherwise (as Pedro puts it) you need to be king maker. It’s what every other club in the top 6 is getting right now except for us.
    We’ve picked up a coach in the descent of his career.

  73. bennydevito

    Un nai ,

    That momo is freaky as fuck, thanks for letting us know. My 12 yr old son watches Fortnite videos and my 2 little girls watch Peppa pig. YouTube are failing their users big time with that freaky shit being allowed to be uploaded, they should have enough staff with enough AI algorithms running to block that shit out.

    I’ve never heard of it so thanks.

  74. azed

    “Suarez should have started in place of Mkhi or even Saka”

    I disagree.
    We need to take 3 points from this game so no time for experimenting. 3 first half goals and then bring on Elneny and Dennis to see out the game.

  75. bennydevito

    For me there are many paths to the top of the mountain. Become a manager by working alongside a great one as his assistant, or cut your teeth at some lower tiered clubs.

    No way is the right way over the other.

    As for Arteta, the fact that Pep has taken him on as his assistant must mean that Pep sees something in him from his time working at City as a coach.

    My problem with Arteta was a personal preference that someone to come in to take over from Wenger had to be proven as a manager in their own right first. That was it.

  76. Pedro

    Benny, and that is a totally fair opinion.

    It’s when we get into absolutes about it being an idea that’s never succeeded that we run into problems (not you)

  77. TheLegendaryDB10

    Right. Gambon tip of using Totalsportstek earlier thus morning is a good one.

    Google Totalsportstek and Arsensl shoukd lead you to a list if streams to choose from.

    Glad to see that we scored! Found the link just on time