The dangers of the #Top4HighLife

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How many articles did you read yesterday about the erosion of civil society because two dickheads ran onto football pitches? Our press LIVE for a moment in which they can condemn every living/breathing person and wrap it in a football narrative. Idiots are always a byproduct of something they don’t like. Social media, Brexit, porn, cats…

Dickheads have always been a part of modern culture and they always will be. Don’t try and make sense of it. Just let it be and make sure that if the person sitting next to you suggests running on the pitch, you demand they get naked or sit the fuck down. Do the same if the person next to you at work asks if you want a tea, see how that works out.

UNITED COLD TURKEY

As the joy subsides post-United, the stinging slap of reality has set in for some.

We’re back in prison, we’ve been locked in a cage with 3 other big boys, we’re now fighting it out in the #TopDog race, with a whole bunch of nasty weirdos looking to shank us along the way.

What I’m trying to say is this… let’s not get carried away thinking this race is done. Things have fallen into place very nicely over the past month. Spurs, Chelsea and United have all slipped in and out of ecstasy. Now we’re on high #Top4Life, but things could get testy very quickly.

I liken this moment to the Champions League semi-final when the club first gave us flags, we started waving them like lunatics, then CR7 stepped up and spoiled the party. Away form is our CR7 brooding over a free kick.

When you look at our easy run, you realise it’s actually not easy. It’s really hard. Our struggles have generally come on the road this season, and against the unsexy teams.

Everton, Watford, Leicester and Wolves are the big worry for us. They are Xherdan-Shaqiri-in-a-Borat-one-piece levels of sexy. They are tough, gritty, tiring games to play. This is where the weakness of our season has generally sat. BATE, Brighton, West Ham, Rennes are the games we should have won but didn’t

Is it a talent thing? No. I think it’s a focus thing.

Unai Emery has to take the same sort of attention to detail he had for Spurs/United and channel it into the games that aren’t as interesting. He has to keep the players interested. He has to make sure they feel the fire of importance. He has to make the end goal feel important to the players.

That could be super basic. Maybe a little reminder there’s serious money in it if we make top 4. It could be flashing the excitement of elite football next season. It could be the threat of getting booted out if the socks are not pulled up hard enough. Or it could just be the hit of adrenaline from United that carries us through.

Each game is now a Cup Final… but, before we turn the league into a cup, we have to deal with Rennes on Thursday.

We are more than capable of taking them down by two goals. The challenge is they are protecting a lead and as a counter-attacking team, what better position to be in than waiting for Arsenal to overextend themselves?

I’ve read some people say we should throw the game. I think that’s silly. Emery could really do with a cup win to bolster his rep going into the summer. It’d also be smart to keep both routes to the Champions League firmly open. I’d also personally like to see Emery give it some back to Ben Arfa for his premature gloating the other day.

The real work starts now. We have momentum with us. We have two routes to the promised land of Champions League football. We look like we’re firing on all cylinders.

Let’s make the run in something special!

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  1. Leftsidesanch

    We’re not good enough to pick and choose which competitions we can prioritise. The modern day tinker man of the Prem has chopped and changed the side so frequently that our players may have enough juice (I’ve been sauced out to death, word is jarring me now) to see the season through.

  2. Marko

    Good one sal. More like a harbinger of facts. A superhero who fights against falsehoods and the spreading of lies around here. I know it’s upsetting for some but certain distinctions are important when discussing things.

  3. Guns of Hackney

    Leftside

    Tell me this. I had heard that Nigeria is the biggest maker? Exporter of Guinness in the world…more than Ireland. Is that true?

    Also, apparently the reason why Guinness is black is that the hops were burnt by accident and they didn’t have enough to make a new batch so they went ahead anyway and the rest is history.

  4. Guns of Hackney

    Gambon

    I had to look that up. I love that shit.

    Unless you already have, you may have given away your profession. With the freaks and weirdos on here, I wouldn’t do that.

  5. gunnershabz

    against rennes we can attack loads but the speed of their counter attack will be a problem

    ben arfa, sarr and niang are quick with there movement

    so we have to be really careful

  6. Graham62

    The plus points of staying in the EL far outweigh the plus points of going out.

    At least by staying in the competition we will still have a chance of CL qualification on two fronts.

    Going out would be a massive downer.

    Anyway we’re going through,so no sweat.

  7. Guns of Hackney

    Superman flies Lois at around 30,000 ft and she doesn’t freeze to death.

    I’m struggling watching superman as an adult who thinks.

  8. Marko

    Do you know the name of the Westham technical director?
    I don’t know his name but the guy beasted last summer’s window- Issa Diop for 21.5 million, Balbuena for 4.5 million and Felipe Anderson for 36 million.

    Hardly beasted last summer they paid the going rate for a highly rated prospect in Diop and an established wing forward in Anderson. Nothing too smart behind their business.

  9. Marko

    …Monchi was FIRED …the moment they fired the manger without seeking his opinion.

    That sounds more like he quit then. Again quitting isn’t fired

  10. Marko

    Tell me this. I had heard that Nigeria is the biggest maker? Exporter of Guinness in the world…more than Ireland. Is that true?

    Yes

  11. Arse&Nose©

    I haven’t read Black Swan yet, but there are plenty of references to it in Antifragile which I’m half way through at the moment. Absolutely fascinating stuff in there, a lot of which could be applied to football, especially coaching.

  12. salpardisenyc

    Guinness consumption
    Great Britain
    Nigerian thanks to William Onyearbor
    Ireland

    Not renewed at PSG, sacked by Spartak in locker room after loosing derby.
    Still hope, Wenger was shit canned from Monaco found all kinds of glory after.

  13. Redtruth

    Mat 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity.”

  14. Dissenter

    Arsenal have become more savvy with generating commercial revenue, post Wenger. Wenger forbade this type of camps.
    This mid-season training camp at Dubai is also to make money because there’s a friendly game against Al-Nasr Duba to open a new stadium scheduled.
    Making money while getting some sunshine.

  15. Marko

    Not renewed at PSG, sacked by Spartak in locker room after loosing derby

    So you agree not sacked at PSG. So why the snark? You think little lies around here aren’t important but they kinda are

  16. NW 9 gooner

    Dissenter- the match in the desert is just 5 days from our match with Newcastle- factor in the flying time so maybe 4 days. The sh@t will hit the roof if we don’t win

  17. salpardisenyc

    Marko

    Semantics but no technically not sacked, not renewed.
    Arsenal have same structure as PSG, 2 years with option to renew or release.

    No snark, just facts.

  18. Elmo

    That schedule looks like we’ll be playing quite a few teams who will have nothing to play for and will have switched off for the summer.

    Let’s hope we have a Wenger-style strong flat track end to the season.

  19. Valentin

    Antifragile is the buzz word right now.
    How to build a natively resilient system, etc?
    Block Chain is just the latest incarnation of that move toward more resilience and decentralisation.
    The main problem is that you can build a technical system to be decentralised and resilient, but you can’t do the same with a company.
    You can alleviate the risk of key-person risk by distributing the knowledge, but you can’t completely remove it. Otherwise you also remove accountability.
    There is a reason why organisations with decisions made by committee starts as better but always end up worse. If nobody is ever responsible for bad decision, then the level of engagement diminishes and with it the quality of the decision.
    Ultimately better people, better decision maker, better manager can overcome a bad system, the opposite is not true. In the long run bad manager will always mess things up.

    For Arsenal, we are going the road of limiting the coach influence by having a director of football with head of department reporting to him. A coach can be sacked and replaced without affecting the entire club.

    However if the DoF is an incompetent idiot, then you have just traded the key person risk from coach to one level up.

  20. Dissenter

    Guns of SF
    “How dumb is Connor McGregor?”

    Very dumb
    He was on probation from being deported and barred from re-entry into the states
    …and then he does this.

  21. salpardisenyc

    Ahern

    Definitely in a tight box, i’m going with Juve winning the battle but loosing the war.
    Crashing out on away goals.

  22. Guns of SF

    I never liked the dude. He is however, an expert con man, and has dropped so low in the world of MMA.

    He started as a legit fighter but then turned showman- to his credit he is filty rich

    However, he is a low life scum bag, but as per normal, celebrity justice will be different for him versus someone like you and I.

    He will lose all his MMA fights from now on, Mark my words- he is no fighter

  23. Guns of SF

    Dissenter also heard that he fulfilled his probation by just days. Now this…. hoping that the new judge takes into consideration past history with this loser

  24. Words on a Blog

    Highbury,

    In France, there’s no social stigma to intellectual discourse.

    People talk -unselfconsciously- intellectually..

    Over here, anyone who talks in abstract terms or uses a few -isms is automatically seen to be “pretentious”.

    For the sake of a more interesting comments section, I’d rather that every so often we went the French way.

  25. Words on a Blog

    In the end, all Valentin is saying, is if you have idiots or incompetents in charge (whether as managers or.as Technical Directors or whatever) it doesn’t matter what management structure you have.

    You will fail.

  26. Marko

    A coach can be sacked and replaced without affecting the entire club.However if the DoF is an incompetent idiot, then you have just traded the key person risk from coach to one level up.

    A DOF can be sacked just as easily. We’ve seen Monaco get rid of theirs Roma too and currently PSG are trying to oust Henrique. Key men going forward will be Raul and Vinai. Will they accept mediocrity or will they be willing to sack a manager or DOF if needs be. Considering the approach they’ve taken to certain players and Sven I’m hopeful that we won’t be subjected to individuals becoming more powerful than they need to be going forward

  27. Dissenter

    Valentin
    I made the same point earlier on in this season
    There’s a lot of role diffusion going on in the club and lots of people are being pid big wages to do work that’s not clearly defined.
    Why do we need a director of footballing operations- effectively DoF when we have a technical director?

  28. Words on a Blog

    Dissenter- we very probably don’t “need” the two positions, as it certainly sounds to me that there’s a lot of overlap between Sanllehi and Monchi’s roles.

    It sounds to me that Sanllehi is “moving upstairs” and consolidating his power.

    If Monchi (or AN Other) succeeds, then Sanllehi is a genius and consolidates his position.

    If Monchi/AN Other) fails, he gets sacked, probably along with Emery.

    Pretty routine for the corporate world.

  29. Dissenter

    WOAB
    I get your point but there really shouldn’t be that overlap when we are supposedly going to be paying Monchi about 2.5 million yearly.
    He needs space to do his job and should ideally be reporting to the CEO which should be Vinai Venkatesham.
    Raul’s postion is redundant

  30. Marko

    Why do we need a director of footballing operations- effectively DoF when we have a technical director?

    Dissenter you continue to either not get what’s going on at the club or not understand what the actual role is. We currently do not have a DOF/technical director at the club because Raul along with Vinai have taken over CEO duties that Ivan had. So there’s a vacancy at the club that Monchi is potentially going to fill. And that’s it. All this do we really need a technical director stuff yes we do because we currently don’t have one.

  31. Receding Hairline

    ‘”Mr Pochettino acted in a very irresponsible and aggresive (sic) manner. He wouldn’t stop saying ‘you know what you are, you know what you are’. I asked him to explain and he repeated ‘you know what you are’.

    ‘I then said on numerous occasions to go away, at least 10 times, and he wouldn’t get out of my personnel (sic) space and then aggresively (sic) pointed his finger just a few inches from my face again saying ‘you know what you are’.

    ‘Mr. Pochettino then left me alone and left the field of play. When I reached the tunnel he was waiting at the top of the stairs again saying ‘you know what you are’ and had to be escorted to the dressing room by security staff from Burnley.'”

    I would like to know what exactly Pochettino thinks Mike Dean is ….you can’t keep telling someone they know what they are, go all the way and tell them what they are. You got banned anyway.

  32. Dissenter

    Marko
    My point is that Raul’s position has to be made redundant once Monchi comes in. Have Monchi report directly to the CEO and the board.
    No need for another middle man

  33. Dissenter

    Receding

    Pochettino’s English isn’t that great.
    I bet he was singing the song ” we know who you are” fans sing on the terraces.

  34. Valentin

    @Dissenter/word

    Usual Generic corporate empire building with the embedded fuse/scapegoat when things go bad.

  35. Dissenter

    Valentin
    If Monchi is the embedded scapegoat/fuse/fall-guy then surely Raul should be fired. He cannot be allowed to build a comfy power perch.

    Where’s Charlie George?
    #bringbackCharlieGeorge

  36. Dissenter

    UEFA; Alexandre Lacazette will be available to play for Arsenal against Rennes on Thursday after UEFA reduced his suspension from a three-game ban to a two-game ban.

  37. salpardisenyc

    More of this, barring Sok?

    ________________Leno____________
    __Mustanot______Koz_______Monreal__
    AMN___Ramsay___Xhaka_____Kolasinac
    ________________Ozil___________________
    ________Laca______________PEA_________

  38. Guns of SF

    Sal that team looks good. Same team pretty much that beat manure

    Anyone else on here impressed with Kola? That dude has to be on steroids or something? im happy we have him in the team- should name him “psycho”

  39. Marko

    My point is that Raul’s position has to be made redundant once Monchi comes in. Have Monchi report directly to the CEO and the board.
    No need for another middle man

    Who’s the middle man? Raul will be sharing CEO duties with Vinai and Monchi will be reporting to him and Vinai mostly Raul cause he deals with the footballing duties of the CEO. You continue to not fully grasp the fact that we do not have a DOF/Technical director and need one and that’s Monchi. You may think that we have too many individuals hired at the club but that’s irrelevant

  40. Words on a Blog

    Marko,
    It’s very unusual for any organisation to have a two-CEO structure.

    In football clubs, the CEO is usually either a football guy who (thinks he can do) the commercial stuff or a commercial guy who (thinks he can do) the football stuff.

    My guess is that, particularly if Monchi/Emery are deemed by the Kroenkes to be successful, Venkatesham will eventually be sidelined

  41. Luteo Guenreira

    Superman is obviously making his body vibrate at tremendous speeds while he flies with Lois, providing body heat and consistent orgasms. Duh.

  42. Thomas

    @Guns of sf

    “Anyone else on here impressed with Kola? That dude has to be on steroids or something? im happy we have him in the team- should name him “psycho”

    ___

    Nope. He’s absolute shit defensively and a liability. Should be shifted on.

  43. Dissenter

    Marko
    You’re doing a “Pedro” on this issue by constantly ignoring that which is staring at you in the case
    Raul is the director of footballing operations, effectively the Chief operations officer for football…he is the director of football
    Got that?
    Why do you need Sanllehi to be “sharing” CEO responsibilities with Vinai when the real work will be done by Monchi?
    The Sanllehi position has been overtaken by events and the club shouldn’t let him set-up shop on the top floor for doing nada.
    If Monchi is going to be the DoF or techincal director then Raul Sanhelli needs to eased out.

  44. Words on a Blog

    Guns of SF,

    Kola is an excellent wing-back but not so great as a full back.

    If we plan to retain our tactical flexibility and keep on switching formations then he should definitely be kept on

  45. Dissenter

    WOAB
    “My guess is that, particularly if Monchi/Emery are deemed by the Kroenkes to be successful, Venkatesham will eventually be sidelined”

    Nah
    It’s Raul that will be let go.
    Vinai is this 30-ish year old genius who’s there for the business side. There’s a reason why one so young gets promoted [when their daddy doers not own the club] so quickly.
    Raul was brought in to report to Gazidis. He wasn’t brought in to share CEO responsibilities.

  46. Receding Hairline

    Sven left because he was not promoted to Technical director, that in effect tells you it was a role always available and does not in any way affect Raul.

    The role that has been done away with is that of Chief scout.

    Dissenter you started off by saying Monchi will never demote himself to technical director, now you are calling it a duplication of roles.

  47. Luteo Guenreira

    If Arsenal miss the CL by a point and don’t win the Europa, that miss by Auba will end up being immense. It will be talked about for years. Sure there are other factors over the course of the year that can net a team a couple points, but none will be a chance of that caliber. Gifted a PK at the end of an away game against Spurs and fluffs it. Good on him to step up against United but that was a shite PK as well.

    Call me a miserable fan but right after he knocked that in I immediately thought of the miss the week before and wondered what if.

  48. Guns of SF

    I think Kola definitely needs to work in the defensive side of things. He likes to attack but if he can work on timing, positioning and tackles he could get better.
    I like that he doesnt take any shit. Been a while since we had some of that steel and toughness- we been too much of a choir boy team for too long

  49. HighburyLegend

    “I immediately thought of the miss the week before and wondered what if.”

    Relax, it was normal behavior.

  50. Dissenter

    Receding
    “Dissenter you started off by saying Monchi will never demote himself to technical director, now you are calling it a duplication of roles.”
    I was arguing both positions though.
    I have egg on myself because I didn’t think Monchi would ever leave Roma where he called the shots to come to Arsenal and be number two to Sanllehi. In a sense I was somewhat right because he is coming this early at least because things didn’t go well for him there, I say he got fired …Marko is spinning at “quitting. He was forced to quit.

    That said, some needs to explain what Director of footballing operations means, if it is not a Director of football with higher authority.
    If Monchi is fulfilling the tradional DoF role, what the hell is Sanllehi doing at the club?

  51. Hisham Faki

    Dissenter/Marko/Receding,

    It does feel like Executive Team will be executive heavy on the footballing side, with. co-CEO (Football), a Technical Director, and presumably a Chief Scout.

    I may well be wrong but it feels like a Raul power play. Equally, if the Kroenkes like Vinais commercial prowess,the structure may be being set up for the time when Raul eventually goes.

    In the end, though, it’s up to the Kroenkes. They have two co-CEOs. They can always decide to get rid of one.

  52. Graham62

    Best not to look into all the different permutations between now and the end of season. All that does my head in.

    Let’s take it one game at a time and hope we don’t pick up too many injuries along the way.

    Rennes on Thursday should be exciting, as I think we all know that we are perfectly capable of turning this game around.

    Finishing top 4 will require total commitment from all players. Each game will be a test of nerve and strength for the team, whilst we, as fans, will be keeping our fingers crossed that we perform to our optimum level.

    Luck will play a major part in the eventual outcome, but what I also guarantee is that it’s going to an exciting and exhilarating end to the season, whatever happens.

    Bring it on!

  53. MidwestGun

    We absolutely can not tank ourselves out of Europa that would be silly.. When your jumping out of 10 story building trying to land in the swimming pool you don’t have the rescue workers throw away the safety net.. Especially when your chances of hitting the concrete are large because you aren’t that great of a diver.

    Or something like that… with Lacazette in the lineup I like our chances of advancing. The safety net just got bigger.

  54. Dissenter

    Pedro
    Good thing you showed up
    Do you support Raul still being around if Monchi will be doing the traditional DoF work?

  55. Receding Hairline

    Dissenter i find it cute you think Arsenal’s new CEO is a thirty something year old Vina with no experience in running a football club.

    What exactly is Monchi reporting to Vinai on when it comes to footballing matters? Vinai is a commercial guy

  56. Guns of SF

    Someone explain what is:

    Technical director
    Director of Football
    Chief scout

    What separates them? What makes them them overlap?

    Inquiring minds want to know

    Seems like a plausible debate but also seems like folks dont really know the roles specifcally

  57. Pedro

    Dissenter, Raul will be looking at the next step in his career, which would be the vacant CEO job.

    Monchi can look after the football side of things…

    Still need to know what the job role of TD is.

  58. MidwestGun

    Sal I go 6-1… odds on CR getting a card … I feel good about it… If he scores and rips his shirt off…. booom Im in. If the frustration sets in,,.. and he starts his usual attempts at diving on the ground to get a call… or getting in the refs face… I’m in… Its a win/win.

  59. Guns of SF

    Pedro

    so you dont know what the TD does also?
    Does anyone know and care to define in a summary what these roles do?

  60. Marko

    Dissenter you’re not getting it still. Right now we DO NOT have a DOF because our previous DOF is now joint CEO. Why didn’t we give Vinai the CEO gig I don’t know maybe he’s not totally qualified to overlook the footballing side of things but the fact is that we have two people sharing the CEO duties and are in need of a DOF and that’s what we’re apparently offering Monchi. That’s it in a nutshell and you don’t seem to get it. Truth is whether or not you think we have too many people at the club is irrelevant. All clubs have various technical director and team managers and what not and honestly it’s not the worst thing in the world to have. We used to have Wenger overlooking things and then a bunch of old cunts sitting on the board. One of the big criticisms in the past was not having enough football men at boardroom level. We are addressing that. Which is a good thing because it means we can make footballing decisions with regards to individuals at the club going forward

  61. Marko

    That said, some needs to explain what Director of footballing operations means, if it is not a Director of football with higher authority.
    If Monchi is fulfilling the tradional DoF role, what the hell is Sanllehi doing at the club?

    You’re clearly not getting it at all. Raul is in part the new Ivan. Monchi will be the new Raul and that’s it. I don’t see the problem I’ll be honest now that Sven is gone I’d much rather our recruitment being driven by Monchi than Raul.

  62. Marko

    Someone explain what is:Technical director
    Director of Football
    Chief scout

    Way I understand it the DOF and technical director roles are the same really just differently worded depending on where or what club you’re at. Chief scout finds the talent and reports to the DOF/technical director and he signs the talent. He drives the buying and selling of the club contracts and all that. By contracts I assume that who should be getting one and not getting one not the actual terms or specifics in a contract.

  63. Marko

    Raul will basically be doing the Soriano role at City basically overlooking things and have the owners ear while Monchi will become our Txiki Begiristain

  64. Pedro

    Guns, they do different things at different clubs.

    This is Berta at A.Madrid

    5 groups: the first team’s coaching staff, assistants of the coaching staff, the first team’s area of coordination, Atlético de Madrid B and the scouting and analysis team

  65. Guns of SF

    So the technical director or DOF, is basically someone who handles the contracts?
    Scouts find the player
    CEO- mostly business end of the club- commercial deals etc

  66. Dissenter

    Marko,
    ‘Raul will basically be doing the Soriano role at City basically overlooking things and have the owners ear while Monchi will become our Txiki Begiristain

    Now it makes sense
    Thanks

  67. Valentin

    I still think that the management structure is a game of thrones in waiting. All of them covet the job above them.
    If you add baby Kroenke Josh in the mix who is clearly groomed for the top job, it seems to be a lot of cooks.

  68. Valentin

    What the shortening of the ban means from UEFA is: the referee badly managed the situation and should either red carded both players or give a yellow to both. Now we don’t want to be open to any legal action if we were to completely overturn the ban, so we give time serve. Also our sponsors would rather have Arsenal in the next round than Rennes.

  69. Leedsgunner

    It’s no surprise that our fortunes have improved as our strikers have come back to form. When Lacazette and Aubameyang stop scoring we lack goals. Therefore, with our fragile defence this leaves us vulnerable to losing games. We need some of our midfielders and defenders to start scoring if we want to have a great chance at winning the Europa League or the fourth place in the EPL.

  70. salpardisenyc

    Leeds

    You don’t think that has something to do with Emery lifting the ban on Ramsay and Ozil coupled w/ Miki’s stellar form past month?

    Our two strikers incredibly isolated without some form or combination of those components.

  71. Valentin

    @Leeds,

    I would say that the return of Mhikitarian and Özil and therefore the change of system are the main reasons of the upturn.
    I don’t see any improvement in Aubameyang, I find him so infuriating, because he has all the building block to be a great player if he were to make some small adjustments. His lack of understanding with the rest of the team bar Lacazette, his inability to play with his back toward goal, his lackadaisical pretend at defending from the front, his ineffective movement in the penalty box (go to the first post or the middle of the goal instead of systematically go to the second post) drive me crazy.

  72. Zimmie2652

    Technical director- oversees the whole operations of the club and often times the commercial aspects as well

    Director of Football- responsible for handling contracts negotiations and sorting out the information provided by chief scout, in my opinion, this person should primarily be responsible for building and formulating the direction and philosophy of the club similar to what Zidane was doing for Real before his first stint as coach and much like Overmars has done for the revival of Ajax

    Chief scout- primary person for identifying talent and targets, generally reports and updates these findings to the DOF, also responsible for establishing the scouting team guidelines and setting up scouting networks

  73. Zimmie2652

    Technical director clarification: main goal is to oversee the developments of football related aspects in regards to coaching/player development but often times gets drug into the commercial aspect as well* would be the better way to word it

  74. Marko

    I still think that the management structure is a game of thrones in waiting. All of them covet the job above them.

    I’m not sure that’s true. I highly doubt Monchi is looking at becoming CEO or Chairman and Raul is basically from what I can tell doing what he is capable of doing. Basically there doesn’t have to be this grand conspiracy. I personally don’t care what Raul does now at the club. The most important thing going forward for us will be the recruitment and squad turnover. It’s about to become the Monchi show and I’d much rather that than any of the other guys looking after that side of things. You gotta realize as well major backroom changes in the last 12-18 months if they don’t work out they’ll be gone too. There’s no reason for anyone to do a bad job anymore

  75. Marko

    Was there a ban on players? Interesting that you would use that. Ozil played poorly and pulled sickies and we responded to that wrongly I suppose? I agree that Ramsey was a little frozen out but what do you expect there was a chance of him leaving in January and he’s gone at the end of the season. Hardly banned. Not like what’s happening with Rabiot and PSG.

  76. Zimmie2652

    Zidane making big moves already… supposedly the Hazard deal is already done 125million. He is also reportedly hoping to snag Eriksen for an additional 125 and has his sights set of Firmino.

  77. azed

    “I would like to know what exactly Pochettino thinks Mike Dean is ”

    Pochettino knows what every right thinking football fan knows.. Mike Dean is an inbred cunted cunt”.

  78. Countryboy

    Valentin
    The shortening of the ban, I think, is in response to the referee shortcoming but I don’t think it refers to the BATE referee.

    Lacazettes red card was deserved and was violent conduct. 3 game ban.

    The Slovakian referee in the Rennes game however made an error as Sokratis’ first yellow wasnt even a foul. The second was conned but the referee can hardly be blamed. He gave the foul. He would have been stupid not to give him a card.

    I think UEFA realized the sponsorship dilemma they are in with Arsenal potentially crashing out especially because of the 2 goal deficit.

    What better way to remedy that than by clearing Arsenals next best goal scoring threat

    Placing a bet on a penalty for Arsenal.

  79. Dan Ahern

    DoF and Technical Director are the same job in terms of hierarchy if not responsibilities, which vary a lot club to club I’m sure. But the general idea is you have a guy between board level and the manager, who can (in theory) ultimately be in charge of sporting matters. Now, this guy who could be an expert who works with the manager, or he could be more of a figurehead who lets the manager get on with it.

    Someone like Monchi is the former, a DoF who’s hugely, hugely involved in the football side of things. His responsibilities include operating the whole scouting network and doing all the player sales, in and out.

    When people would say “We need a DoF” they usually meant this; a guy who knows the footballing world and will help shape the squad, so the manager can focus more on on-pitch matters.

    We got that with Sanllehí, who we brought in because he has a massive contacts list and he’s seen as a closer. But with no Gazidis, he’ll be doing much less day-to-day work and assuming control of all aspects of the club. (Except for the boring stuff Vinai does like commercials, financials, charity, that sort of thing.) Basically Sanllehí will be the most powerful figure, and Monchi if he comes would be directly below him.

    It’s all messy in practice but that’s the gist of it, I think.

  80. Sanmi

    Valentin
    You can’t question aubameyang movement when he scores loads of goals purely because of positioning.

  81. Sanmi

    I question lacazette positioning and movement more. It’s the reason he doesn’t score as much as auba. He literally have to beat men or shoot strongly before scoring. He rarely gets tap ins purely because he doesn’t read games as much as auba

  82. Samesong

    Sanmi

    I like lacazette one thing I noticed is that he can hold on to the ball a little too long in the box rather than just shooting. Still rate just something I’ve seen him do a lot. A bit indecisive at times.

  83. Valentin

    @Marko,

    What I meant that they all wants the job above them. N+1 want to become N.
    Co CEO never worked at one point one or both will want to be the top dog.
    I could see that working for 18 months, but at one point somebody will get upset. And then all bets are off.

    Monchi is coming to London because the premiership pays more and is more glamorous than most leagues. You don’t spend month learning English if you are not looking for a job in the UK. He is coming to a job with less responsibility than all his previous jobs, so clearly he will want to go back to his previous level of responsibility.

  84. Sanmi

    The skill of anticipation and positioning shouldn’t be underestimated.
    Crespo, inzaghi, Nistelrooy, all made name for themselves by just being at the right place.

  85. Marko

    Sal respectfully if you didn’t say silly biased things I wouldn’t comment on it. Ozil wasn’t banned most of the games that he missed this season were him being “injured”. Ramsey also wasn’t banned his was your generic response to a player who refused to sign a new contract and who may or may not have left in January. I believe you know all this and yet you use words like banned from the team. I don’t think there’s a manager in Europe who would have done things differently in both circumstances and yet certain types will have you believe that Emery done something wrong. It’s the way of things I suppose

  86. Valentin

    Aubameyang does not score mostly because of positioning but because of his pace and via tap-in created by somebody else.

    He should scoring a lot more if he was at the end of the crosses. Despite our tactics we have scored very few goals from cut-back. If he was moving to where the team has been instructed to cutback on that type of play, he would score more.

  87. Marko

    He is coming to a job with less responsibility than all his previous jobs, so clearly he will want to go back to his previous level of responsibility.

    It’s the exact same job. Clearly you’re not getting it like dissenter. It’s not beneath him it’s exactly the role he had at Roma and Sevilla.

  88. MidwestGun

    The Keeper always gets the benefit of the doubt.. especially when player goes in with studs showing… regardless of whether he got the ball.. I was ok with the VAR decision.. could have gone either way ,. but they went with the ref call.. seemed fair to me.

  89. Unai

    @marko 19.17 great post.

    Structure is irrelevant if you have a coherent team of operators working towards a common goal, providing that’s the case it will be fine.

    Talking of power grabs is fanciful, looks like Sven was outed for that very reason.

    I’m balls deep in a corporate restructure at the moment and like what I see at Arsenal, common goal, shared responsibility with individual accountability and fingers crossed specialist in each position.

    Key to this now is churning the squad and fringe players, upgrading and reducing costs along the way.

  90. Victorious

    Midwest

    Juve would disagree,the Ref has gambled and got it horribly wrong.. Oblak didn’t hold it with conviction

    Scenes as the camera panned on Cr7 and was utterly gobsmacked the ref hasn’t allowed that

  91. Pedro

    Unai, structure is always important.

    We’ve litearlly just witnessed what happens when you fuck it up… Ivan G leaving an awful mess after his exit.

  92. Unai

    Pedro, excuse the hyperbole, of course it’s important but nowhere near as important as talent, accountability and a clear objectives.

    Saying that I don’t think the structure is bad at all, people are just over simplifying the roles or judging them by titles (that they don’t understand).

    The game of thrones comparison made me smile, do people really think that the corporate world is all about ego and self gratification?

  93. Pierre

    Marko on Ramsey and Ozil
    ” I don’t think there’s a manager in Europe who would have done things differently in both circumstances and yet certain types will have you believe that Emery done something wrong. It’s the way of things I suppose”

    It s the manager’s job to select a team that is going to win football matches and the fact is , the decision by Emery to marginalize Ramsey and Ozil for 3 months cost us dearly results wise .

    We had a spell of 14 matches starting with Southampton away until the away defeat against Bate where we lost 7 games .

    During those 14 games Ozil started 3 times , Ramsey 5 times and also Mhkitaryan only started 2 times .
    During the same period iwobi started 10 and Guendouzi started 11.

    So obviously the marginalization of Ozil and Ramsey didn’t work ,7 defeats in 14 games says it all really.

    However , Emery has now seen the error of his ways and has started to include those 3 in the team regularly and I fully expect to see Ozil, Mhkitaryan and Ramsey play key roles in the team until the end of the season

    Better late than never I suppose.

  94. Pedro

    Unai, that is exactly what the corporate world is about. Sure people need purpose, but they always strive for power and what’s next at that level.

  95. Victorious

    You could tell Cr7 isn’t ready to bow out just..would be the first time in 4 consecutive seasons

    Guy is a fighter and is literally dragging Juve on the night

  96. Dissenter

    Victorious
    “City are class! You’ve got to fancy them for the thing if they can avoid Barça until the final

    They will most likely beat Barca over two legs in a quarter final or semi-final
    They won’t want to face Liverpool though.