Emery sacked. A disaster hire, but who is accountable for it?

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Unai Emery arrived at Arsenal on his 555th as coach and was told his contract was to be terminated. I suspect he knew what was coming judging by his body language last night. His staff will also leave the club with him.

The hire was a disaster from start to finish. Raul put the Spaniard’s name on the table when Ivan Gazidis wobbled on Arteta during the search and select process. In a fit of panic no one ran his credentials through a quick Google search. No one picked up the phone to people that had worked with him in the past. No one consulted the data people. The deal was rammed through at such a pace, not one person seemed to raise a red flag about his terrible English. Interview to hire in 8 days.

We paid the price. Almost all of the problems faced by Emery seemed to revolve around his lack of ability to communicate both verbal and non-verbally.

He couldn’t command a room. The man had zero presence. No X factor. People laughed when I raised that, but let’s be honest, if you don’t have an impressive stage presence, you are going to struggle to maintain the attention of 21-year-old boys in a football environment. Players ripped him behind his back, to his face, even Sky presenters weighed in on the action. Disrespect happens to people that don’t have the magic. Wenger had the magic, Mourinho has it, so does Poch… Emery is right there with Glen Roeder when it comes to persona and it dripped through every single press conference. In fact, I hear that press conferences were barely attended towards the end, that says something, doesn’t it?

He couldn’t connect his vision to output on the pitch. In fact, it was questionable if there was a vision there to start with. If Emery was good at anything though, it was talking up a game he couldn’t deliver on. He told the fans he wanted to be the protagonist, when in fact he was a conservative pragmatist. He said he’d fix the defence, he broke it further. He promised us exciting football, he emptied stadiums.

I wrote very early on that Unai Emery represented our version of David Moyes. We’re now heading into the difficult second hire. Inexperienced execs will clamour for experience over substance, just like they did at Manchester United when they moved in on an LVG that was well past his prime.

This is not the time for regressing into bad ideas. We hired ‘experience’ last time and look where it landed us. We have to be looking to where the future of football is going. If we’re in the power and pace era right now, we have to peer around the corner to where the trends are going and find a coach who can take us there. Intense possession-based football is likely going to make a comeback and with young coaches like Thiaggo Motta making claims about 2-7-2 formations and controlling the game through the midfield, the evidence is mounting. Huge focus will be given to off the ball movement as well. A new type of coaching where the spaces you occupy are the tackles of yesteryear. We are not big enough to make a ‘tried and true’ coach work for us, so we need to go where the new thinking is.

‘This is all so hipster’ is something I hear a lot, but listen, looking to the future might feel like an oat milk latte served in a ‘goat support’ cafe in Primrose Hill, but it’s not, it’s absolute basics if you want to succeed. Pep was lambasted because of his ideas when he came to England. The English press were literally slamming the guy because he likes to experiment and push the game forward. Don’t be that person. If you need any evidence as to why, simply look a what just happened to Arsenal after we hired a mainstream Starbucks filter coffee.

Arsenal need to be bold, we need to look at what clubs like RB Leipzig, Gladbach, Rangers and Chelsea are doing. Go young, find someone that can galvanise the fans with future football, let’s not do the top 4 equivalent of calling Sam Allardyce to move us forward marginally over 15 months. Bring in a coach you can build around, don’t let Carlo bring in 18 of his mates with a spice of football that was bland 5 years ago.

What is desperate for us all regardless of the type of coach we desire is knowing that Raul is playing a key role in this decision.

That man is not good for Arsenal football club, he should be kept in check by a CEO that has oversight on him. The Spaniard and Vinnai have been the worst combo since Houllier and Evans. Our organizational structure is meek and so is the performance of it. The lack of strong leadership will continue to kill us, and in times like now, we really could do with a CEO that has a clue.

Raul will be stacking the deck in favour of people he knows. He was happy to jam through his preferred candidate last time, knowing full well he didn’t have the basics for the job. The fact he’s pushing Nuno tells you immediately where he wants to take us… to a super agent paradise.

Most fans don’t want that sort of future. It might seem glitzy, but when you boil it down, you simply open yourself up to be a fee cow for someone that wants to trade players around their personal network. Those systems are opaque, they lack accountability, they move the club away from being a meritocracy, they almost always end in tears. No super-agent cares about your club, they only care about their fees.

That’s why the power vacuum at Arsenal is so incredibly dangerous because really, a proper CEO would be laser-focused on Raul after this debacle and the mess of the summer.

They’d be asking questions like:

  • Why did Sven leave?
  • Why is there still no chief scout?
  • How did you come to the decisions on transfers last summer?
  • Why did you spend so much money on a 32-year-old centre back?
  • Can you replay the thinking behind hiring Unai Emery?
  • Knowing the history of Nuno and Mendes, can you explain why you think this is a good idea?
  • Can you show me how much money we have spent on agents fees over the past two years?

There’s no one guarding the chicken coup, and that would be fine if you had someone competent running the show, but it’s increasingly looking like Raul is the fox and he’s coming to town with his mates until he spies another chicken coup.

Josh Kroenke, the man who told us to get excited, let the club pull next years transfer budget forward, and seemingly blow it on a mess of players. I cannot deny that I wasn’t excited by the moves, but I’m just fan looking at a tasty cracker in the desert after not eating for 10 years. Our first summer of ‘contacts’ recruitment has been a disaster outside of Martinelli. The hiring approach run by Raul was horrendous. This season so far has been handled in appalling fashion, from Ozil, to Xhaka, to the horrendous press releases.

Now we’re out here hoping phase two of the project won’t be just as opaque and awful? The very fact the club is only just now building a shortlist tells you all you need to know about our leadership. We should have had a name ready to go just like Spurs did. That there’s now going to be a fight to the death for the next name is exactly the sort of incompetence I fear driving a terrible decision. Emery’s form this season was not a surprise, we should have known it was going to end by Christmas because many of us were predicting that last season.

We need a complete reset. The club has to move away from ‘contacts’ back to the footing Sven sold to us. There has to be aggressive moves from Edu to control the direction of the technical side. He needs to tell us what the future plan is. Then he needs to deliver something the fans can get behind that doesn’t have the paw prints of Raul on it.

Manchester United are the most powerful footballing entity on the planet, they can afford to continue making horrible decisions with their manager. Arsenal cannot afford another mismanaged hire. We are on a precipice, if we make another bad decision, it could be curtains for us for the next ten years… and you know who won’t be around for the clean-up? Raul.

Be careful what you clamour for… this is a definitive moment for Arsenal, pray the club doesn’t fuck it up.

Good luck to Freddie Ljungberg.

356 Responses to “Emery sacked. A disaster hire, but who is accountable for it?”

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  1. Ishola70

    He wasn’t too bad against Southampton at home tbf. Ozil that is.

    But we are talking a home match against one of the bottom feeders in the league.

  2. G8

    I have to admit I thought David luiz would be a decent signing and he would bring some stability to our much malaligned defence, boy was I wrong!
    So far he has managed to surpass the clowning ability of the legendary stepanovs at old toilet 6/1 defeat

    I also hoped Toreira would be our kanti, or dennis wise, but he has been a major dissapointment, all he has been doing is loosing possession, falling over and crying .
    Add mustafi, xhaka, bellend, Ozil, AMN, kola, socratis, and its all doom and gloom

    Major ablative and reconstructive surgery needed for this team whoever the manager will be

  3. Marc

    Victorious

    Emery going and Ozil have very little connection.

    Just for future reference Ozil earns about a fifth of the Spud’s entire wage budget. Just take that on board next time you watch him not breaking a sweat.

  4. Receding Hairline

    Victorious we signed Ozil as a champions league team. With him as our main creative outlet we became a Europa league team that can’t even win the Europa league.

    Emery is gone. He has tried his best failed and moved on. Some of you seem to delight in calling him names like he pissed in your coffee but that’s not surprising considering some of the abuse Wenger got.

  5. Dissenter

    It would be the height of incompetence if Freddie Ljumberg is considered anything other that a very temporary placeholder.
    Raul and Edu ought to have been planning for the possibility of sacking Emery for a while. This was not an unforeseen precipitous collapse. I find it had to imagine they are just going to Kroenke for a pre-planned chat. Most of these meetings can be done via tele.

  6. Dissenter

    Emery came and dod his best…unfortunalety it wasn’t good enough.
    Had we gotten more from the last five games of last season… who knows.

    It’s hard to hate on the guy. He looks like a decent chap to sit next to on a long flight.
    It didn’t work out. No one I know developed emotional ties to him [maybe Bamford did]

  7. Dissenter

    At some point, I really think Emery knew it was over and wanted to get sacked.
    Some of the personnel decisions he made at the tail end were just shocking. He wanted to get his pay-out and just move on.
    That the club waited for so long to pull the trigger is the real story. What were they waiting for?

  8. Wenker-Wanger

    You think it couldn’t get any worse after the senile Mr Magoo Wenger, but it actually did under EMERY,…
    I think emery can at least claim that in his tenure we didn’t get hammered 6-0 or 8-2. That abysmal stat belongs to the AKB cult hero…. the one and only ….never to be forgotten….arse Wenger.

  9. Valentin

    Freddie got his full UEFA license A in 2018. You need a full year of coaching before getting your UEFA Pro License. So either Freddie still does not have a UEFA Pro License or he got it very recently.

    If he got his UEFA Pro license recently that would explain why it was reported that Freddie did not have a UEFA Pro License by every newspapers. Freddie’s name was not on the FA web site page list of people who got a Pro license.
    Seems that every journalists took their information from the same page and some may have complained that it was out of date, because it suddenly become unavailable and now lead to a 404 page.

  10. Cesc Appeal

    Really interested to see whether Ljungberg goes for established players or whether he does add a lot of players that he knows/thinks have been performing at a level they deserve a start this season.

    I just don’t want the club/supporters to start talk of giving him a contract if he gets some good results.

    Fully behind him. But let’s be sensible.

  11. Biggles

    HighburyLegend
    November 29, 2019 20:45:50

    Breaking news : Vieira about to leave Nice.
    ———————————————————

    Okay, he’s probably a little bit past his best… but he’s still a better midfielder than Xhaka, so if Freddie is reforming the gang, I’m all for it.

  12. Danialtos

    What is this am hearing about Luiz getting annoyed at Emery’s defence staff trying to ‘teach him how to defend’?…Because let’s face it,he needs to be taught

  13. Danialtos

    And I have finally seen the light re Guendouzi…it’s not a coincidence that our midfield is trash whoever he plays with….infact,one of the reasons for unai’s downfall was ditching the xhaka torreira midfield in favour of shoe horning guen.Xhaka isnt my cup of tea either but let’s face it,as it stands that’s our best mf pivot.Guen came in yesterday and the midfield just collapsed,gaps everywhere…when Frankfurt scored the guy was marking air.I hope Freddy realises this and fixes it and I wish him all the best,let’s back him.

  14. bennydevito

    Freddie possibly bringing Gilberto Silva in as part of his coaching team.

    Freddie, Pires, Bould, Mertesacker, add Gilberto, that’s a pretty good core of ex Arsenal players who know the club inside out.

    Bring Keown in as well and we’d surely be back playing fluent attacking football with a solid defence.

    Things are exciting again.

  15. TheBayingMob

    Concur re: Guen-dozy-cunt. Typical that most English fans would love a bit of headless chicken. As long as you run around enough you’ll always be loved. I haven’t been impressed so far!

  16. PhD2020

    DissenterNovember 29, 2019 21:23:23
    At some point, I really think Emery knew it was over and wanted to get sacked.
    Some of the personnel decisions he made at the tail end were just shocking. He wanted to get his pay-out and just move on.
    That the club waited for so long to pull the trigger is the real story. What were they waiting for?
    ——-
    Failure of leadership..??!!Something you mentioned in passing recently.Not during Arsene’s time-mind you..And even then,you reduced it to,how could Kroenke sack a legend?And used the fans as a somewhat justifiable argument or benchmark shield,as to how Kroenke,could not go against fan sentiment and sack a legend.

    Something,I mentioned for many years on here, about the gross incompetence and money gobbling the hierarchy are, more so the Kroenke’s.
    They care for the fans not iota.So,your argument their was somewhat redundant in my opinion.

    The renewal of Arsene’s contract post 2013 x 2 renewal contracts,when it was obvious to a blind man on a rocking horse-Arsene was done. Done from 2008.

    Failure of leadership?

    Dereliction of duty-springs to mind..

    So ,you said -Kroenke’s only failure since taking over,more so being the majority owner,was his lack of leadership to sack Arsene.As, did many people rooting for the Kroenke’s….

    Two years down the line with Emery…??

    Only now,does the failure of leadership, come into full question now-hey?

    Now,we see so-called leadership reacting after how long?

    Who is accountable here-do tell?

    I’ve asked your Robin(Bumford),since you are his Batman-many times-failure on whose part?
    To offer up some kind of reasonable explanation,other than:- ‘Paucity of players’-”Lack of squad depth’-‘Wenger’s mess inherited by Emery’ & “We have the 7th best squad in the EPL”,despite our results with S’ton,Leicester,Wolves,Sheffield Utd,etc,etc,showing that lesser teams can turn us over at will.That is just one example..
    We have a whole host of statistics,performance,and general perspective of -Emery is not the guy for us.,drawn over a 20th month period.

    So,much for a more modern structure, with an ambitious management team in place.
    More organsed, more structured than Arsene’s last period in charge-hey??!!

    What is it?The worst run of results we have had since 1992 under Emery??
    .
    Seriously,it begs the question-who is accountable at Arsenal?

    I know my answer to my own question..
    Do,you know your own searching questions?

    Or are you somewhat tied with and inoculated with patriotic notions and ideals?
    Like your Robin?

  17. PhD2020

    Talking of your Robin(Bumford)-here’s his latest post(s)..Quite funny actually..
    Such a snivelling clueless snake,Could not make his meanderings up…

    Coco-The Clown indeed..
    —–

    J.M. Bapple
    @afabulousopera6
    ·
    11h
    @LeGrove
    Any chance you’d lift my ban, Pete? With Emery’s dismissal we’ve started a new chapter, and I promise to post no more than three times a day. Let me know.

    ——-
    .M. Bapple
    @afabulousopera6
    ·
    Nov 28
    Blocking or muting all AKBs – how do these people still exist? – as well as anyone who retweets that fake SkySports tweet about Emery being dismissed. #afc #Arsenal

    —–

    LMFAO….

    Oh dear……
    Fake news on Emery sackings-then issuing statements to ban people on twitter promoting such news.Then the following day, begging to come back on Le-Grove, giving the fake news of Emery being sacked , has come true..As in become a fact.

    Bullshit Bumford-wants to draw and wipe a clean slate.And start all over again….
    No questions asked,all forgotten..Like the whole drama, escapade,abuse in between never ever happened on his part.

    LMFAO

  18. Carts

    If Sexy Freddy is able to steady the ship and galvanise this mob through to January then I expect him to stay as Coach till the summer.

    I’m not sure we’d really be able to get our main target now, seeing as most coaches and managers seem relatively settled.

  19. Tony

    And so it begins in the press ramping up their collective click bait.

    Anyway, let’s hope Freddie can address the slide and find some form of stability to get some decent results for now.

    I think Poch is not the right fit for us as I”ve previously posted.

    Brendan Rodgers an early favourite to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal as club chiefs search for Arsene Wenger Mk II… and former Tottenham boss Mauricio

    Pochettino is a genuine candidate on exhaustive shortlist

    Arsenal want to replace Unai Emery with a boss in the mould of Arsene Wenger

    The Gunners have drawn up an extensive list of external contenders for the job

    Brendan Rodgers is the early frontrunner for the job at the Emirates Stadium

    Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira, Max Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo are in the frame

    There is genuine interest in former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7739863/Brendan-Rodgers-early-favourite-replace-Unai-Emery-Arsenal.html

  20. PhD2020

    LeftsidesanchNovember 30, 2019 00:59:00
    ——-
    Not a Bam obsession,just calling out incessant bullshit when you see it. Aligned with the bullying factor, calls for bans, the ignorance,the abuse-and then the manipulative factor after urinating every one off-suddenly he is the victim?

    It sticks in the craw a bit.

    And then for him to be proven wrong time and time again,whilst shooting his mouth off in a pointless manner,without rhyme and reason is just laughable and comical at the very least.

    I think he needs to be checked at some point over a time period of say- five years plus of his blogging activity.

    Check his twitter account..He is worse over there.He is,by far not a victim,only a victim of his ignorance.

    He talks to people like they are faeces,who happen to disagree with him….Expressing words like:-
    ‘You lot’
    ‘Nonsense”
    ‘You know nothing’
    ‘You should be banned’
    ‘Blocking you’

    No,not an obsession,just calling it for what it is.
    You get the overall character-pure and simple.
    Victim on Le-Grove my ass!!This guy was dropping serious profanities,calling for bans of people on this blog,that disagreed with his views..Ask Alexander Henry as a starting point?

    PS
    I’ve said this all along,I detest bullies and arrogant, ignorant neanderthals..
    Nasri Mouth was arrogant and manipulative when it came to Arsene.
    Nasri-at one time said -“Drogba only had one good season in the EPL..”
    How could I let that stand-without pulling him up on that?
    Amongst other arguments, he put forward..

    Now with Bunford-we have -ignorance, arrogance,economics of truth, manipulation,victimhood-in short you name it-he caters to all nefarious ways.

    Just saying.. 🙂

    PS
    Now,he’s begging to come back-given everything..Funny??!!

  21. Tony

    Unsung hero Gilberto is the right DM coaching move going forward.

    If Freddie added Bergkamp as well, we’d see a more stable MF relatively quickly.

    Get Keown for the defensive coach and we’d have a decent coaching set up.

    “Freddie Ljungberg ‘considers appointing fellow Arsenal Invincible Gilberto

    Silva to his coaching staff’ after taking charge on temporary basis following dismissal of Unai Emery

    Freddie Ljungberg may ask Gilberto Silva to join his coaching staff at Arsenal

    The Swede has taken over on a temporary basis following Unai Emery’s sacking
    Silva featured along Ljungberg during Arsenal’s Invincible season in 2003-04”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7740467/Freddie-Ljungberg-appoint-fellow-Arsenal-Invincible-Gilberto-Silva-coaching-staff.html

  22. PhD2020

    Anyway, personally thinking screw Arsenal until the Kroenke’s get ousted-as in bought out or sell up.Highly unlikely.

    Same crap, different day, different week, different month, different year..
    There is a constant..Pure and simple.

  23. Tony

    At least I won’t be dreading the Norwich game and can have an open mind again to see what Freddie brings to games.

    The Frankfurt game was going to be my last until Emery had been fired.

    Still NO! for NES and other agenda driven candidates.

    I concurred with Charlie’s thinking some time ago that we should go for experience first, such as Allegri, Rafa or even Carlo and then bring in a younger innovative manager, such as Vieira or Arteta.

    We’ll now have a an insight to the younger manager: Freddie’s management skills for now with it being forced on the club.

    I’d say Freddie have 4 weeks to impress to be kept to the end of the season at least or longer is he is successful.

    At least Freddie has The Arsenal DNA running deep in him where he understands us fans; something Wenger post 2006 and Emery had no clue about nor Raul or the Kroenkes for that matter.

  24. China1

    Ok so you’re Freddie going into the Norwich game

    This is what I’d do

    1) only play out from the back when it feels comfortable and safe. Keep it simple and defenders shouldn’t drop so deep all the time

    Formation

    ——————Leno
    Bellerin-holding-Luiz-tierney
    ————torreira—willock
    Pepe————ozil————martinelli
    ——————-auba

    Torreira to sit all game and never get ahead of play

    Willock to sit 75% but can start attacks if the opportunity is clear and risk is low

  25. Nelson

    I was told that Ljungberg’s specialty is attack and wing play. He’ll need support to coach the defense. I also heard that Steve Bould is a quiet person. I think we need someone who has a strong character to shape up the team. It would be interesting to see who will sit next to FL on Sunday.

  26. China1

    Keown in for defensive coach and clean sheets here were come lol

    Those skid marks and cum stains from the last 10 years will be out in a jiffy!

  27. Alex Cutter

    “Not a Bam obsession,just calling out incessant bullshit when you see it. Aligned with the bullying factor, calls for bans, the ignorance,the abuse-and then the manipulative factor after urinating every one off-suddenly he is the victim?It sticks in the craw a bit.And then for him to be proven wrong time and time again,whilst shooting his mouth off in a pointless manner,without rhyme and reason is just laughable and comical at the very least.I think he needs to be checked at some point over a time period of say- five years plus of his blogging activity.Check his twitter account..He is worse over there.He is,by far not a victim,only a victim of his ignorance.He talks to people like they are faeces,who happen to disagree with him….Expressing words like:-
    ‘You lot’
    ‘Nonsense”
    ‘You know nothing’
    ‘You should be banned’
    ‘Blocking you’No,not an obsession,just calling it for what it is.
    You get the overall character-pure and simple.
    Victim on Le-Grove my ass!!This guy was dropping serious profanities,calling for bans of people on this blog,that disagreed with his views..Ask Alexander Henry as a starting point? PS
    I’ve said this all along,I detest bullies and arrogant, ignorant neanderthals..
    Nasri Mouth was arrogant and manipulative when it came to Arsene.
    Nasri-at one time said -“Drogba only had one good season in the EPL..”
    How could I let that stand-without pulling him up on that?
    Amongst other arguments, he put forward..Now with Bunford-we have -ignorance, arrogance,economics of truth, manipulation,victimhood-in short you name it-he caters to all nefarious ways.Just saying.. 🙂PS
    Now,he’s begging to come back-given everything..Funny??!!

    “DissenterNovember 29, 2019 21:23:23
    At some point, I really think Emery knew it was over and wanted to get sacked.
    Some of the personnel decisions he made at the tail end were just shocking. He wanted to get his pay-out and just move on.
    That the club waited for so long to pull the trigger is the real story. What were they waiting for?
    ——-
    Failure of leadership..??!!Something you mentioned in passing recently.Not during Arsene’s time-mind you..And even then,you reduced it to,how could Kroenke sack a legend?And used the fans as a somewhat justifiable argument or benchmark shield,as to how Kroenke,could not go against fan sentiment and sack a legend.Something,I mentioned for many years on here, about the gross incompetence and money gobbling the hierarchy are, more so the Kroenke’s.
    They care for the fans not iota.So,your argument their was somewhat redundant in my opinion.The renewal of Arsene’s contract post 2013 x 2 renewal contracts,when it was obvious to a blind man on a rocking horse-Arsene was done. Done from 2008.Failure of leadership?Dereliction of duty-springs to mind..So ,you said -Kroenke’s only failure since taking over,more so being the majority owner,was his lack of leadership to sack Arsene.As, did many people rooting for the Kroenke’s….Two years down the line with Emery…??Only now,does the failure of leadership, come into full question now-hey?Now,we see so-called leadership reacting after how long?Who is accountable here-do tell?I’ve asked your Robin(Bumford),since you are his Batman-many times-failure on whose part?
    To offer up some kind of reasonable explanation,other than:- ‘Paucity of players’-”Lack of squad depth’-‘Wenger’s mess inherited by Emery’ & “We have the 7th best squad in the EPL”,despite our results with S’ton,Leicester,Wolves,Sheffield Utd,etc,etc,showing that lesser teams can turn us over at will.That is just one example..
    We have a whole host of statistics,performance,and general perspective of -Emery is not the guy for us.,drawn over a 20th month period.So,much for a more modern structure, with an ambitious management team in place.
    More organsed, more structured than Arsene’s last period in charge-hey??!!What is it?The worst run of results we have had since 1992 under Emery??
    .
    Seriously,it begs the question-who is accountable at Arsenal?I know my answer to my own question..
    Do,you know your own searching questions?Or are you somewhat tied with and inoculated with patriotic notions and ideals?
    Like your Robin?
    PhD2020November 30, 2019 00:56:38
    Talking of your Robin(Bumford)-here’s his latest post(s)..Quite funny actually..
    Such a snivelling clueless snake,Could not make his meanderings up…Coco-The Clown indeed..
    —–J.M. Bapple
    @afabulousopera6
    ·
    11h
    @LeGrove
    Any chance you’d lift my ban, Pete? With Emery’s dismissal we’ve started a new chapter, and I promise to post no more than three times a day. Let me know.——-
    .M. Bapple
    @afabulousopera6
    ·
    Nov 28
    Blocking or muting all AKBs – how do these people still exist? – as well as anyone who retweets that fake SkySports tweet about Emery being dismissed. #afc #Arsenal—–LMFAO….Oh dear……

    Fake news on Emery sackings-then issuing statements to ban people on twitter promoting such news.Then the following day, begging to come back on Le-Grove, giving the fake news of Emery being sacked , has come true..As in become a fact.Bullshit Bumford-wants to draw and wipe a clean slate.And start all over again….
    No questions asked,all forgotten..Like the whole drama, escapade,abuse in between never ever happened on his part.LMFAO”

    What made you this way?

  28. China1

    Fans should be signing Freddie’s name today

    We love you Freddie
    Although you’ve got no hair
    We love you Freddie
    Because you really care
    We love you Freddie
    You’re arsenal through and through

  29. China1

    At least AKBs can point to early years success, longevity and daddy issues for their deflections re wenger

    But what on earth is Bamfords excuse? What did emery do for us exactly apart from try and seem pleasant?

  30. KAY Boss

    Phd let Bamford be.
    Hope Freddie gets us playing good football with better results.
    Who’s the likely next coach to be hired? I’ve suggested a female coach. Unfortunately, I’ve no one in mind or better put I don’t know much female coaches.

  31. Just Another Customer

    So the backroom staff will mainly consist of ex-players especially The Invincibles? Great let them teach the wimpy new gens the real VALUES of Arsenal, the one back in Highbury instead of the soulless Emirates.

    Dare I say it, THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!

  32. Henry Root

    Emery’s incompetence was almost biblical in scale . He has damaged the club, the young players, has not improved a single player in the squad .He has mishandled almost every personnel situation he faced and he plays awful, boring, football. He is a no-risk manager who created a kamikaze defence. Pedro sums it up extremely well and points to the future.
    Gazidis was an awful CEO. He hired Emery and Sanllehi and ruined our finances. He presided over the end days of Wenger who should have gone much sooner, gave the stupid contract to Ozil and stuffed us on the Sanchez and Ramsey deals. No surprise AC Milan are struggling too.
    Very good luck to Freddie. It would be great if he can take us forward. It won’t be hard to improve on Emery but with a nod to history after a disastrous manager in Billy Wright we made an unlikely internal appointment as manager and turned the club around in five years. Interesting whether they intend to give Freddie time or seek a big name. Frankly do they have the competence to make that decision ?

  33. Moray

    Let me just say, I couldn’t be happier with Freddie at the helm. I don’t think he’s the man for the job Long term, but if his timing in the position is as good as his timing in the box used to be, then we are in for a treat.

  34. CG

    We will know very quickly if Freddie( promising and assertive start from the fotos, I have seen – and NO CLIPBOARDS glued to his arm in any of them) is going to be a competent manager .

    If Laca/PEA/Ozil/Pepe all start with Little Legs parked in front of the defence….he will do fine.

    Under the Clown – not once did that attacking quartet start together any game.

    I also hope- he immediately stops Raul/Vinny traipsing into the locker room.

    Edu can. He was an ex player.

    But Spivs and clerks should be nowhere near the players sanctuary.

  35. Graham62

    CG

    Agree.

    I’m also intrigued to see how Freddie deals with our defensive frailties, especially our atrocious “playing it out from the back” philosophy.

  36. CG

    Be fascinating to see if Freddie at an early stage is a believer in this * ‘pressing’ baloney everyone drones on about – or simply believes in proper balanced, technical, two footed common sense approach soccer?

    * a reminder to all the Pressing Advoates on here- we have 12 in just over 35 days coming up.

    You can’t ‘press’ in English soccer – the season is too long, too energy sapping and totally counter productive.

    Page 1 in English soccer coaching.

    Let the bloody ball do the work and always keep things simple.

  37. CG

    Graham

    “”””I’m also intrigued to see how Freddie deals with our defensive frailties,””””

    Cant defend for toffee
    So attack with the bit of firepower we have.

    Tactics for Sunday

    (Play more forward passes than side passes etc..)
    Get the early goals and then park the team bus.

    Ban Leno for passing the ball 10 yards.

    Football is so simple.
    Play to your strengths.

  38. Graham62

    This idea that a super coach/manager(whoever he/she is) is going to waltz into the club to sort things out and that everything will be hunky dory again, is very naive.

    Past achievements are irrelevant if –

    1. You don’t understand the league/footballing culture
    2. You can’t speak/comprehend the language.
    3. You have no feeling for the DNA of the club.
    4. You rely on video analysis too much!

    That’s why Freddie is an ideal solution.

  39. Tony

    Leicester have slapped a £14million compensation fee for Rogers the Mirror has reported.

    Rogers made the right P.C. noises saying he’s happy with his exciting project while acknowledging Arsenal are perceived as a bigger club.

    Certainly a far better prospect than NES and Poch in my mind.

  40. Gentlebris

    ‘hope Freddie does well. But shouldn’t be given the job on permanent basis no matter how he performs.’

    Even if Freddie proves to be an absolute genius who has more football coaching in his little finger than the whole of Pep, we should still not give him the job?

    Great plan.

  41. Bob N16

    Bojangles, with the exception of Leicester’s freak year, if you want to win anything you have to be at the one of the biggest, richest clubs. Rodgers was a Gerrard slip away from winning the CL and Poch got a shitty club to the CL final. Both coaches have proven to be excellent managers and are of an age where they’ve still got something to prove. The project of getting a top club like Arsenal to initially getting back competing for trophies would be a challenge for the right person.

    Much as I’m uncertain about Rodgers taste(self-portrait in his house and no sideburns) I feel that the Arsenal project might be perfect for him. Poch needs a rest and I don’t see him as the sort of person to go to bitter rivals of a previous club.

    Wish Freddie well. Really interested to see his first line up. Players will have to show some fight and prove that they are good players and that have been held back by the previous coach.

    Very much looking forward to chanting Freddie’s name when we play Brighton.

  42. Pedro

    GoH, a common thread emerging here… the EKB still seething about their man being moved on… taking it out on the thrilling notion of an exciting young coach coming the club

    Hate to see it.