We’re in that moment in time where people on Twitter and trying to guess when the manager is going to be moved on.
‘Happening tonight lads’
I know it doesn’t need to be pointed out, but I can assure you, no one at Arsenal has a hotline into a 15-year-old on Twitter called @XhakaMyBae239.
That said, it’s clear that Arsenal aren’t in control of the leaks at the moment. It seems to me that many of the different factions within the club are running different stories in the press.
The alarming story that seemingly blasted out of nowhere yesterday was that Nuno is now a favourite for the role. Like being linked to Charles Nzogbia back in the day, this rumour doesn’t moisten my loins in any way whatsoever. In fact, I’m so dry at the thought, I’m applying Nivea Men to avoid dangerous chafing.
Nuno is a very good manager, he’s done amazing things at Wolves with a small squad of talented players, I’m just not that into the idea.
- Underdog counter-attacking football isn’t where I want to be as a club. We basically hired that mode of operation in with Unai Emery. We’d just be bringing in a manager with better English to deliver that approach. When he was given a Porto side that teams deep blocked against, he couldn’t function and was fired.
- I detest the contacts network approach to management appointments. The idea that Raul would bring Mendes into the mixer again would really send a message that we’re fully under control of the super agents. Not a good look. Where has that landed us so far? David Luiz looks a complete horror show of a signing as well as an immense waste of money and agents fees. Unai Emery was straight out the back pocket of Raul, we did no due diligence, the push was so aggressive, people didn’t even care that the manager couldn’t speak English and had been mercilessly mocked for his grasp of French and Russian prior to that.
I just don’t think there’s much of an argument for bringing him into the mixer here. He took Valencia to 4th, Emery took them to 3rd three times. He went to Porto and failed to pick up any trophies or move the club forward in a season. He’s having a moment in the sun with Wolves, but ultimately, I think the stain of being so close to a super agent is too much… he was literally Jorge Mendes first-ever client way back in 1996.
I hope the same machinations pushing Jose and Enrique stories are trying to push Nuno onto the shortlist of managers we should speak to.
Unai Emery is taking charge of the game on Thursday against Frankfurt, some think this could be his last hurrah before he’s moved on, I’m not so sure. He’ll no doubt turn in a win there, then it’s Norwich, Brighton and West Ham… then the club is in the December zone.
Unless things are really rough, it’s hard to imagine us hiring a new person into a stretch of games where they’ll have to face United, City and Chelsea. That would not be a good start. If things really are that bad by December, I’d imagine we’ll bring in Freddie and Bould. Interesting to read that Freddie doesn’t have full UEFA licencing yet to be an actual manager, not sure if that’s accurate, but that could mean Steve Bould in the dugout.
Interesting to read that Unai stopped sending scouts live to watch opposition and doesn’t read dossiers compiled internally by our scouts… because he’d rather do it himself. When a manager starts hoarding responsibility like that, you know you have a bad one. I questioned his epic video analysis when he joined. Players have short attention spans, even shorter if they have to strain to understand the contents of your analysis. I cannot imagine how bad it must be sitting in a video lounge listening to Emery talk about the potency of Southampton’s threat to our defence.
Anyway, it’s coming to an end soon… let’s hope that Raul has something more creative than a Whatsapp ‘please help’ message to Mendes.
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