Mourinho team set wheels in motion, can Edu resist?

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I think it’s pretty clear that Unai Emery is finished as Arsenal manager.

The players don’t seem interested in his garbled vision, the fans aren’t attending games, and the press are now hoovering up leaks and turning them into missiles.

Emery hasn’t helped himself. He didn’t learn anything from last season. He genuinely believed all his ideas lacked were better players. Now he’s backed into a corner, he’s sending not so subtle messages to Raul and Edu that he’s unhappy with his lot.

  • Lucas Torreira as a 10
  • Xhaka as DM
  • Mesut Ozil as a deeplying playmaker
  • Kolasinac to chase important games over Nicola Pepe

Even worse for me is there’s no repentence in his press conferences. He told the world that he thought his tactical approach was correct yesterday. We shipped 25 shots, and had our total shots on target (4) doubled by a Wolves team that play on the counter. Nothing epitomises the miserable vision of Emery quite like being pleased with the output of such a coarse game.

Lots of fans think he has the Leicester game to keep his job. For me, it seems foolish to give the manager one game to change his fortunes, if we’re at this stage of the season and we’re at that level of consequence… just bite the bullet and let him go.

The top 4 is well within our grasp this season, OGS is an absolute disaster and there’s every chance Chelsea will falter. I’m also unconvinced Leiecester will be able to navigate injuries to key players. Arsenal can’t wait until January to make the move, the only problem is this: Who do they hire to replace Emery?

We are on track to replicate the disaster-cycle of United.

Arsenal hired a middling manager in Emery, when they should have taken a chance on Arteta and football of the future. That now means that Edu, a man who doesn’t seem to be too adept at navigating the media, has to make a strong decision on the next manager. If he’s brave, he’ll bring in someone young who can build a competitive club over 3 years. If he’s weak, he’ll go two feet in to the ‘WE NEED A WINNER’, this my friends, will be mistake number two… and we are not big enough or rich enough to survive mistake number 2.

I don’t mean to sound draconian, but unless Jose Mourinho has had an extreme change of mentality, he is going to be the ultimate arsonist. Emery won’t last past Christmas because he has the charm of a bag of giblets. Jose Mourinho will fail slower, but it’ll take public sentiment longer to shift against him.

He’ll come in, say the right things, he’ll likely reinstate Mesut Ozil and shape us up. He could very well be the right sort of caretaker to take us to top 4. My worry is what comes next. We’d not be buying into a brand of football that could surpass Pep G or Jurgen Klopp. We are literally skint if we don’t make the Champions League… even if we do make it, we don’t have the sort of funds that are going to satisfy one of the most glutnous managers the world has ever seen.

We’d be playing negative football, we’d have a manager bigger than the club, and we’d be trying to rekindle yesteryear… because Jose Mourinho is Arsene Wenger but in 2013.

I can’t believe we’d go down that path, but then again, I couldn’t believe the club published Xhaka’s awful apology in the matchday programme. Where was club leadership there? Who signed that off?

… likely the same person who’d say, ‘I know the history, but fuck it, Jose will get us top4.’

Bit here’s the thing. It won’t take much to get the fans on side. The papers are already working the PR angle for him.

‘Jose has a point to prove’

‘Mourinho wants to add a 3rd Champions League title’

‘Hungrier than ever, Jose refuse jobs in Europe’

On paper, he’s the best available. He’s on TV for a reason. He’s getting caught in the corporate box because he can smell the inexperience in the Arsenal leadership team.

It’s not beyond Raul either. His contacts brought Emery to Arsenal. He interviewed a sacked manager that couldn’t speak English, boasting a poor track record with big players, with zero ability to build a defence, and thought damn, this guy is a sauce monster, let’s hire him anyway. He met 10 managers better than Emery and landed on… Emery. If you make a decision that bad with 3 months to play with (longer, because he’s been in the game 15 years and knew he was coming in with the Wenger replacement remit), can you imagine the disaster of him doing something in the moment?

I really fear this one people, I really do. It’d be the smelliest Arsenal hire of all time. He’s a saucy guy, I’d love to believe he could reinigorate his ideas and his approach… but nothing, and I mean nothing, suggests he’s about to do that.

The only thing that might stop Raul in his tracks is the reality that Mourinho won’t just bring the team down if it goes wrong, he’ll bring down everyone. He’s the ultimate footballing arsonist, and maybe he’s what Josh needs to really start paying attention to fixing the club in a serious way… namely, getting a blue print and working towards a truly ambitous strategy that goes beyond: ‘Get Champions League football’

Building an elite football club is not going to happen if you think season to season. We have to think like Amazon did in the beginning. Have a longterm vision with a specific vision of how to achieve it… then attack it in 3 year blocks. Don’t tell me Emery fit into any sort of longterm visioon of football, he’s an Everton manager at best and can’t even speak the language. Time for a rethink. Time to see if Edu is made of something deeper than incredible good looks and crisp white shirts.

The next managerial appointment will tell you all you need to know about who we now are as a club, and where we’re going.

If it’s Jose, brace for impact… it’s a statement that tells you we are going nowhere in the next 5 years.

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  1. Emiratesstroller

    The only issue for me is when Emery will be leaving? Will it be at Christmas or in the Summer?

    As matters stand the club is not performing with a defence which leaks like a sieve and a midfield which is unbalanced and is being outplayed in far too many games. We have considerable firepower up front but lacking in service.

    When discussing potential managers/head coaches the dilemma is do we
    recruit now when most of the top coaches are currently employed or wait until summer when choice is greater?

    My real concern is that so long as Emery remains at the club our chances of
    qualifying for Champions League and top four finish is seriously diminished
    and also we could lose one or two key players such as Aubameyang at end of season.

    The reality is that Emery is a poor communicator and very limited in his
    strategic planning and gameplan. As matters stand we are going to finish
    below top four threshold.

  2. HighburyLegend

    “The only issue for me is when Emery will be leaving? Will it be at Christmas or in the Summer?”

    See my comment above.

  3. CG

    The G

    “””””Raul thought that he could control Emery more easily. Started his campaign of power grab and kicked Mislintat out. The next manager may not be so meek and easily placated.””””””

    As Always the G nails it!

    and thats why we need Jose!

    he wont stand for their interference or nonsense.

    Vinny will be petrified of Jose!
    Edu the Ponce can be made redundant!

    Jose is our Saviour!
    ( Isnt that the most delicious of ironies!)

    He aint our enemy!

    Edu , Vinnai, Raul are!

    ####Back on track with the Jose and Cesc Show!##

  4. Nelson

    Emery is so stubborn. I don’t think that he knows he has misused our midfielders. Torr’s strength is to wait for the opponents to come. He reads the game, then intercept and tackle. You don’t ask him to chase the ball carrier. Xhaka is slow and can’t play the DM alone.

    What he should do is change the way the midfielders and the wingers job. The midfielders should keep the defensive formation, intercept and tackle. They should not chase the opponents all over the place.

    The attackers should do the pressing. The two wingers should help out the two corner backs when under threat.

    I am afraid that Emery can still change his tactics. He thought that his tactical plan work. In fact, the three midfielders were all over the place. Wolves broke through easily and had a lot of shots on goal.

  5. Chitom

    Arsenal giving Emery a month to save his job – great news!
    This will hopefully save us from CG constantly bragging he predicted Emery’s sack in November lol.

  6. Cesc Appeal


    I don’t think there is a time limit.

    Lots of conflicting reports, some saying Arsenal are already planning a replacement, some saying it’s a month, some saying there’s no intention of replacing him.

    No one knows.

    I still think if the Leicester result is seriously bad that will be him gone.

  7. Valentin

    People are suddenly waking up what CG and I have been saying for a while now.
    Kroenke is a problem because he is a semi-absent owner, but Raul and Vinay are the biggest problem.
    They have been promoted way above their own ability. The fact that they have been hired by Gazidis should have had alarm ringing. When you see how he is floundering at AC Milan, nobody should have any doubt that that man knows nothing about football.
    Despite their best attempt at media flirting, the twin imposters have been bad in the communication department. How difficult to issue a strong statement that say nothing but still placate the media.
    Now they are afraid to make the only necessary decision because they know that if they get it wrong they are out of the door. No more hiding behind Gazidis or committee. No more comfy job and dinner at UEFA.
    Like said before with great power comes great responsibility. It is time for them to Show that they deserve the power and can handle tough situation.

  8. HighburyLegend

    The real question, ahead of the leicester game : does Emery will be able to do what we call a “Wenger”, winning a game which nobody see us winning ??


  9. CG

    “””””Arsenal giving Emery a month to save his job – great news!
    This will hopefully save us from CG constantly bragging he predicted Emery’s sack in November lol.”””””

    I sometimes feel – they are tormenting me, delaying the inevitable sacking until 2020 so they get me permanently of Le grove.

    I leave Le Grove forever if he is still in charge next year thats the deal,

    I am a man of my word!

    so tick tick , tick tock, tick tock

  10. azed


    If you look at the Kronke’s other sport franchises, they are very slow to make changes so even Raul wants to fire Unai, he still has to get permission from Josh.

    Unless you can say with absolute certainty that Raul can make financial decisions (sacking a coach and hiring another is a financial decision) , then putting the blame squarely on Raul and Vinay is jumping the gun.

  11. Champagne charlie


    Agree, the more you read it the uglier it gets and doesn’t matter which way it’s chopped.

    Most disturbing part is his trending downwards, things are actually getting measurably worse from our own performance standpoint. That’s a major concern 18 months in.

    Can’t see how any of Arsenals data team can offer the suits anything but further evidence of the obvious. Most likely alongside internal data that isn’t pretty reading.

    Would be amazed, and concerned, if we aren’t laying the foundations for a change.

  12. China1

    This whole wait a bit longer before firing him shit is really irritating because all it means is the next manager is going to have a mountain to climb to get top 4 rather than joining with it still in sight

    What does the club hope to learn? If he has a good spell and wins 3 games in a row does that mean he’s suddenly a good manager? His record going back years has been unremarkable. Who honestly cares if he gets a bit of form? It will disappear no sooner than it came and we’ll be back to square one.

    Emery doesn’t know how to get the best out of this squad so there’s really no value in him being here. He’s a chocolate teapot

  13. China1

    The dog is on his last legs. He’s lost his eyesight and half his hearing. He walks with a limp and struggles to eat solids because of his teeth

    But we aren’t willing to take him to the vet and put him down just in case he somehow recovers

    He won’t

  14. HighburyLegend

    “At least we used to play entertaining football under Wenger.”

    Please be specific with the dates, thanks.

  15. Leedsgunner

    This month figure floating out there is a figment of a reporters’ imagination. Emery will be gone if we continue to drop points in the league.

    At the moment the Europa acts as a safety net but if the net starts breaking he’ll be gone.

  16. CG

    Me Old China

    “””The dog is on his last legs. He’s lost his eyesight and half his hearing. He walks with a limp and struggles to eat solids because of his teeth”””

    I would rather this dog give the team talk at Filbert Street this weekend than Our Clown.

  17. Valentin


    You can on one side argue that the Kroenke are absent owner and on the other states that Raul and Vinay have to run everything by Josh.

    What is the point of a director of Football operations if he can’t make the big decision.

    BTW, your argument about cost you use to defend Raul should go on his negative point column. Sacking Emery would cost money only because they did not include a clause for failing to meet quantifiable targets such as reaching Champion’s League. Again that is on Raul.

    As Director of Football operations he is supposed to supervise every contracts signed by people below him. He proudly mention that during his interview. So he failed on that point again.

  18. CG

    If Arsenal had any gumption or someone like Simon Jordan running the show they should/would sack Emery without compensation.

    See him in court ( coward would not even turn up)

    Nail the Clown down on negligence, incompetence, lying in the interview process, failing to learn the language and indeed crimes against humanity

    he is GUILTY in the first degree in ALL of them!

    To think we are going to pay this man off multi millions- and we have a global homeless crisis.


  19. Spanishdave

    Going from the Wenger mess, to now this mess is on the management.
    Emery sold his soul to the devil.
    He said he could get more from the squad, and got less.
    How did they even think he could communicate with a squad of players from different countries.
    I dare say the interview was in Spanish and they all felt nice and cost.
    The owner should chop their heads off but he is clueless as well.
    I doubt they have any idea what to do next. Hence the delay.