There were some questions as to whether the David Ornstein story was briefed before or after the Leicester game. Sami Mokbel writing in the Daily Mail appears to confirm that Arsenal’s briefing angle is very much in line with the exBBC journo’s narrative.
Thank you for your interest in our affairs. Emery ain’t going anywhere.
When it was Arsene Wenger at the wheel, you’d generally be safe in the knowledge that the players would respond in the end. This was mostly down to a simple truth that Wenger couldn’t be ousted by the players. He was too deeply ingrained in the club to be moved on.
The stance by the current hierarchy makes sense, they don’t want the fans to think they can run a manager out of the club. In my opinion, we’re not the people the exec leadership team should be worried about. The players are the biggest challenge to Emery’s doomed tenure. The current situation around the manager has nothing to do with the fans in the stadium, for me, it’s all about the breakdown in the relationship with a manager who is making more mistakes off the pitch than on it.
He’s sacked his captain who now looks likely to leave in January. He has performed a 360 on Mesut Ozil, who is now back in contention after Emery told the press leadership agreed he should drop him. The manager seems to not fancy any of his summer signings, bar David Luiz. The kids are taking the piss behind his back. He let the failed club psychologist advise him that a vote for the captaincy was smart. The football is absolutely atrocious.
It’s hard to see how Emery makes it to the end of the season, but the good news for him is the fixture list looks very kind until we meet Manchester City in mid-December. At the very least, he should be able to stabilize the ship, then we’ll be mauled through the frightening Christmas crunch.
I took in the Liverpool vs City game yesterday. It’s hard to overstate what an incredible job Jurgen Klopp has done with Liverpool. Their brand of football is truly a delight to watch. They make the basics look so simple. Watching them play the ball out the back brought tears to my eyes. It was interesting that once they’d played it short, the transition out of defence was often a longish ball to one of the front three that had dropped deep, with the hope of catching a full back breaking into space. Arsenal almost never seem to make it out of their own third when they go short. Why is it so hard to teach talented players to beat the pressure?
Outside that, the speed of their counter-attacks are a sight to behold. The accuracy of their balls into the box is dreamlike. The application of every single player must be a joy to watch.
Arsenal are unlikely to find a Jurgen Klopp, but hopefully, we can find a manager that has a vision as vivid as the one he has for Liverpool. Personality goes a long way at the highest level, but deeper than that, having an idea everyone can gather around is where you want to be.
Looking at the sort of players Arsenal have, I think it’s clear that we should make the Arsenal idea an exciting one. I don’t think we’re built for a Jose Mourinho. I think the kids coming through want to play explosive football. I think we have electricity in our front line, and with a couple of powerful additions to our midfield, we could have a scary offering moving forward.
Ideally, you’d have Emery in until the end of the season so the leadership don’t have to make a bad decision under duress, I just can’t see that happening though. That’s why I think I’d opt for Freddie Ljungberg until the end of the season if we do have to end Emery’s tenure early. Give Edu a chance to find the coach that’s going to give us a vision for the next 5 years.
What a complicated mess we have ourselves in, the good news is we have some time off to stew on the ramifications as we enter yet another boring international break.
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