Arsenal shortlist down to two names, take the moonshot

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I book hotels based on the what the lobby looks like, if it looks fancy, I’m in. I found a lobby I liked in Atlanta, the furnishing looked cool, the art looked interesting, pretty pictures of fine-looking southern cocktails… found out as I approached that I was booked above a famous strip club.

I made a bad choice. I’m currently sat in a trashy bar trying to come to terms with the fact I am sharing a building with the sort of people that travel between states for a fave stripper they ‘connect’ with. My room is on the same floor as the kitchen that sells chicken wings. The scene is not what I expected and I’m at the age where this has rocked my world.

I’m not crying about the noise. You are.

Still, we live with the consequences and move on. At least I have a voucher for a cup of tea in the morning.

Arsenal managerial news is still fairly murky, fans are struggling with French newspapers running hit pieces about names that are trying to land a foot in the door with an Everton exec team that seems as clueless as Arsenal’s. The latest name is Paulo Sousa, who is at Bourdeaux. I think it’s a fiction. Well, I hope it is. If you are Portuguese and have kicked a ball in the last 50 years, chances are you know someone that can land you an interview with Raul.

The latest I’m hearing is the same as David Ornstein (convenient) – that the club is pursuing Patrick Vieira and Mikael Arteta. The noises from the shop floor are that most favour Mikael over Paddy, but as far as I’m concerned that doesn’t hold much weight if Edu is a bros before non-bros kind of guy.

Either way, it’s looking very likely that Arsenal will end the month with an ex-trophy winning captain of Arsenal in the dugout. At the very least, that means the club will be treated with sort of tender soft touch we deserve because that touch will come with love. That’s a good start when you consider Nuno was in the running two weeks ago, that’s the touch of an insurance broker pervert on the C2C when you’re asleep.

Patrick Vieira hasn’t really been on the Le Grove radar for obvious reasons… he’s simply not done a good enough job for me to care.

I love him. Truly one of the greatest names to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt. He’d have my backing simply because of who he is. My worry? He’d be the closest hire we could make to Frank Lampard in terms of comparables.

Vieira matches up when it comes to legend status very closely with Lampard. Both managers had similarly average stints before the took a bigger job. Frank took Derby from 6th to 6th. Paddy hasn’t really moved the needle for Nice this season, they’re sitting in 13th, they’ve had a very choppy time of it, he’s only managed 3 wins in the last 11 games (after spending £52m on new players, net £29m). He moved them from 8th, to 7th . Good, but not glittering in a league where Lille moved from 17th to 2nd in the same period (and Mourinho just pinched their backroom team).

My other concern is this: City sent him to America and didn’t put up much of a fight to keep him in the group when he wanted a new challenge. Rumours were rife when he was coaching in England that the sheikhs were eyeing him as a successor to Pep. What happened? (Arteta)

Edu will have to tread a careful line here as well. Anyone in business who has hired in a friend will tell you what a fucking nightmare it can be. You always end up disappointed, they’re either shite and they fuck your rep, or they’re incredible and they push you out of the McDonald’s kitchen onto the tills, which is actually really boring, so that’s why me and Darren stopped talking.

Doesn’t matter if you’re in finance or brick-laying, everyone has a story. It is very difficult to hire a BBF into a job as cutthroat as football because things go wrong so fast. It can also have the negative impact of setting the wrong tone for the culture of the club, every decision can end up looking tainted, because really, hiring in someone because you like them isn’t 21st-century savvy (Ray Dalio has a section in his excellent book, Principles, where he straight up calls it morally corrupt). Worse than that for Edu, if there is deep support of Arteta, it’s an easier pill for everyone to swallow if things go wrong because the failure is shared. If the Brazilian Technical Director goes out on a limb for a manager with an average record and it goes badly, that’s ‘lose your job’ territory.

If I’m given the choice of a bland record I can sift through or rolling the dice for ‘Arteta the unknown’… then I’ll roll that fucking dice. We just hired in someone that won it all in France and it was toxic. I’m not sure what Patrick is offering to the Arsenal party outside a reputation, I can’t even figure it out in theory. The football isn’t special, he’s not growing out world-class players, and he’s not making the Nice team better than the sum of their parts like Favre did when he took Nice to the Champions League.

If Arteta is still in the mix after three years, that tells you something. He must be maintaining his rep in the game because the club aren’t excited about him simply because he has really nice hair and a fan blog dedicated to his potential. Huss & co are obviously getting good intel to back up the hype that follows him about in management books, player interviews, and Pep love-ins.

Here’s the thing: I don’t think the decision is that crazy, even if it was, who cares, we need a moonshot to kick-start this 2.0 project. Safe is not a strategy that correlates with our situation. Safe is literally 14 years of Arsene Wenger and 18 months of Emery. Safe is code for meek, stagnant, unoriginal. It just pushes you further away from taking the drastic steps needed to make Arsenal competitive and relevant on a meagre budget.

If Pep Guardiola says Arteta is an excellent analyst that always comes with innovative solutions, that tells you that he’s looking at problems, formulating plans, then executing them with success on the training ground… for a club that won back to back Premier League titles with record-breaking points.

If the press reports are true and he holds most of those training sessions, that tells you that his ideas are good. It also doubles down on the notion that he’s an elite communicator.

Arsenal needs a coach, I think he can be that coach.

Sure, there are parts that he’s going to have to learn. Being the go-to for managing a squad of egos is going to be tough. He’ll be the lonely one in the dugout, but look, he’s not some nutter tactician that hasn’t managed groups of players before, he’s been a captain at two top-level football clubs. Commanding the respect of fellow professional isn’t going to be a steep learning curve.

I also think the club should be able to build experience around him, just like Barcelona did when Pep took over at Camp Nou when he was exactly the same age.

The most valuable thing Arsenal can spend their money on is great ideas because we can’t afford to unload another £200m on players this summer. We have a great group of kids coming through, we will waste their talent if we give them to Carlo (I don’t think we’d go here, but in a fit of panic, he is basically Emery of 2019 after being freshly fired into a narrowed shortlist). We’ll need to reshape the squad in the summer, likely with young kids. They aren’t coming here for an average coach and boring football. We need something to offer them. With the names on offer at the moment, I don’t see anyone in the pack of managers that has a higher ceiling than Arteta.

Take the chance, the season is lost, there is so much to gain in an environment of incredibly low expectations.

Roll the dice, let’s bet on future football.

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685 Responses to “Arsenal shortlist down to two names, take the moonshot”

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  1. Pierre

    What Martinelli has , is the rare ability to be in the right place at the right time in and around the box, and is clinical in front of goal .

    He is like all the greatest golfers who are successful in that when the pressure is on , he delivers.

    The best golfers will always hole the putt when needed, the best strikers will deliver when required, that’s what makes them such a rare commodity.

    Aguero is the main man at the moment, city will miss him because when a game is tight , aguero will come up with a goal.

    In general play, Martinelli is nothing special but give him the ball in around the area and he will score and assist for fun.

    Pepe is of a similar ilk.

    Arsenal’s problem is getting the ball to our offensive 4 , we saw how potent we can be against west ham once we broke their midfield line, thats the conundrum for Freddie.

    The answer, I feel is to play through the middle of the pitch and dont have Pepe or Martinelli involved in the build up play in midfield .

    Get the ball into Ozil , Ceballos willock or whoever in the final 3rd and that should be the moment to bring pepe and Martinelli into the game.

    Of course, it’s not as easy as it sounds but I cant really see the point of giving Pepe or Martinelli the ball on the half way line with their back to the goal as they will invariably lose the ball and put our defe6under pressure.

  2. Pierre

    It’s a little unfair to compare Ancelotti with Emery.

    Ancelotti may be exactly what we need at this pres6time to get the club back on track.

    I have not written off Freddie yet , I wasnt too impressed with the Brighton debacle but he learnt pretty quickly and rectified his errors and picked a forward line with pace and skill…

  3. Alexanderhenry

    Pedro

    What are you going to write about if Arteta doesn’t get the job?

    Anyway,

    ‘Safe’ is exactly what the Kroenkes want.
    14 years of wenger may have been inadequate for you but it was an absolute joy ride for Stan.

    Year on year the club appreciated in value and was run self sustainably by a French bloke that took care of absolutely everything, leaving Stan with as much time as he liked to go and shoot squirrels on the weekend.

  4. Guns of Hackney

    I have a terrible feeling it’s Ancelotti. Another safe pair of hands who just happens to be out of a job. High profile. A winner and a name but IMO ten years late. This would not be a good hire.

    If it’s two, I want Arteta. As Peter said, PV is in my top three of all time greats. An amazing footballer, leader and warrior…but so was Adams and I don’t hear anyone calling for TA to be Arsenal manager.

    Anyway, more important things to worry about: Labour. Please, if you haven’t already voted, do not vote for this terrorist sympathising, illiterate, anti Semite, national socialist nazi agitator.

    Forget his promises. This country would fall within five years. Sharia law would rule and your freedoms as you know it would cease to exist. He’s a communist.

  5. Globalgunner

    Another Arteta love note. Based entirely on his dreamy hair and boyish good looks.

    Pep has been coaching for a dozen years, where was Arteta during the bulk of this?…..Pubbing it up in Arsenal midfield with metronomic sideways passing. If hes so good why are City tossing away an opportunity to win 3 leagues on the trot.

    By this logic shouldnt we be after Klopps 2ic?

    Welcome to the land of faith based optimism

  6. bennydevito

    What a load of bollocks. If Corbyn is antisemitic then Johnson is the most antisemitic of the lot the way he talks about Muslims.

    We wouldn’t fall into Sharia law ether, absolutely ridiculous statement. Sharia law isn’t even Qur’anic and is a cultural variation of Islam.

    Talk about gullible sheep fodder. Jesus.

  7. Kaz

    We have a SEVERE DEFENSIVE ISSUE. Man City this season have been let down by their defence, no Kompany and no Laporte (two elite level cbs) have cost them the league and Arteta as you say is training them. They’re now overtaken by Leicester. His training isn’t geared to fixing defensive issues then, is it?

    Do you really think our lazy inattentive midfielders who constantly invite pressure and keep making mistakes will become better? (Xhaka) Do you really believe he’s going to get our defense functioning?

    He’s not going to fix our defence man. Why can’t you see it.

  8. Vladdy P

    Fuck it. If the club have tried nabbing Poch and couldn’t get a bite, I’m aboard the Arteta train.

    There aren’t really any other options outside Poch on the market now that inspire. Ancelotti would be good for a team loaded with superstars as he can keep ego’s in line, but the club doesn’t have superstars outside of Auba. Youth seems to be the way we are going, so we need someone who can get them reading off the same hymn sheet.

  9. Dark Hei

    I would root for Arteta too. The job description is head coach, not manager, which is where Arteta fits in nicely.

    And if he does get hired, I hope he puts that point across to the press at the get go.

    I am good with PV4 too. I think he would be a good coach for us.

    I would like Carlos too. But I think given his stature in the game, it is kind of BS to give him a job title as mere head coach. He would definitely need to be manager.

  10. Ishola70

    Fascists.

    Mosley had more members in the 1930s than the Nazi party did when both were outside of parliament/ reichstag.

    The Nazis took advantage of the weak multi party reichstag whereas Mosley faced the high wall of two party state uk parliament.

  11. Un na naai

    Davey (from previous)

    there seems to be a problem with certain arsenal “fans” in that you find a scape goat and run with it, ignoring all of the positive contributions of said scape goat. I see a young man learning a new position in a team devoid of confidence. Most of the time playing beside Mustafi and behind Mkhitaryan. It’s a baptism of fire. He’s neat and tidy on the ball and rarely gives it away and while he lapses sometimes I still see more effort to get back and make a tackle than any of our other 3 full backs.

  12. Guns of Brixton

    Ancelotti set for Everton talks.

    Assuming he tried knock on the Arsenal door, and was turned down the board hsve there candidates in mind.

    If it really is between Arteta and Vieira then go with Arteta. Shame we couldn’t nab poch or the Ajax manager tho.

  13. Gentlebris

    ‘If Arteta is still in the mix after three years, that tells you something. ‘

    Here we find ourselves again.

    If Arteta has not been linked with another job 3 years after the link with Arsenal job, shouldn’t that tell you something as well?

    I mean Arteta is an Everton legend too but they will rather consider Emery who just pissed all over the dugout at Arsenal above Arteta. Why? Because Arteta has never led a football club in the capacity of a head coach, not even in Japan J league!

    If you are like this Pedro, never leaving an absurd proposition alone, I wonder why you banned my friend C.G for his own absurdity.

  14. Dark Hei

    Kaz

    The defence don’t need fixing.

    Because it can’t be fixed by any coach.

    But what we can fix are things like build up, pattern of play, style of play etc.

    Our defenders can’t defend but they can pas the ball. So its up to the coach to work around it, work to their strengths and do something instead of Emery’s low block and guys behind the ball “strategy” which failed anyway.

  15. Un na naai

    Anyway, more important things to worry about: Labour. Please, if you haven’t already voted, do not vote for this terrorist sympathising, illiterate, anti Semite, national socialist nazi agitator. Forget his promises. This country would fall within five years. Sharia law would rule and your freedoms as you know it would cease to exist. He’s a communist.

    Hackney
    With you buddy. And while communists and socialists may not want sharia law they are sleep walking into it and they are going to bring us all down with them.
    It’s up to anyone with an ounce of foresight or a job to stop this.

  16. Un na naai

    The problem is that socialists and communists are turning a blind eye to the anti lgbt, feminist and free speech principles of their core voting base for power. Which allows the Rotherham’s and Telford scandals, or voting fraud to go unpunished in Peterborough perpetrated by a convicted fraudster.

    Never mind the diversity barriers and police presence required to Man our bridges and Christmas markets.

  17. Atid

    I just cannot see how arteta is any better a choice than Freddie. Both have only been coaching a similar amount of time. Arteta has worked alongside a very good manager. Yet Freddie has had to work alongside 2 very erratic managers, has led an under 23 side to a title and now he works with the best of that side and already has managerial experience under his belt including an away win.

    Possibly make Freddie Head coach, and give him an experienced interim advisor to work alongside and guide him. I don’t know how it would all work, but for me Freddie wins it over Arteta and Vieira as the man already in the hot seat. Whether Ancellotti, Allegri or Sousa, etc would be interested in that sort of short term deal is another thing? Mertesacker could then go back to his role or combine it with a defensive coaching role.

  18. Ishola70

    Martinelli is very far ahead of any other Arsenal youngster.

    Such maturity in his play compared to the other young uns.

    And Rafa Benitez obviously read my comments of a few days ago regarding the Arsenal problems of late.

    That’s right Rafa. Keep the team “short”.

  19. Spanishdave

    If Arteta is in the mix he cannot accept the job before Sunday as he will have a problem sitting in a different seat!
    I think the position will be announced next week.
    If Freddie pulled off a win against Man City he will get the job.

  20. Gentlebris

    ‘Martinelli is very far ahead of any other Arsenal youngster.’

    I was trying to tell them that when an 18 year old who was just brought in from the 4th league in Brazil plays at once with so much pace and assurance in the English premier league, bar injury you can’t rule him out reaching CR7 heights.

    But they thought that was comedy can you believe that? You have to admire their big big foresight.

  21. Romford Pele

    Ancelotti worries me because of how his last two jobs have turned out. At bayern the players said training was too casual and not intense enough compared to what they were doing under Pepe. At napoli he’s managed to make a better Napoli team worse compared to what Sarri was doing. Has to be said that he did want Leno, Torreira and Pepe who all joined Arsenal. I think he might be over the hill now. Like Wenger, best days behind him. Feel we need younger and more progressive.

    Poch still my preferred option if we can get him but if not i’ll happily roll the dice with Arteta. Vieira i haven’t been impressed by I have to say. And the thought of him flopping here as a manager would upset me deeply.

  22. Spanishdave

    Who ever the coach is he must be able to reorganize our defence, and stop this stupid tippy tappy trying to pass it out as it encourages the other team to press us.
    Our midfield is very static and slow going forward due to a one paced Ozil

  23. Sid

    Arabs are semites. Khazari jews not semites.

    With a mobile, technical, physical box tox midfielder any of Dozi, ceballos, maybe willock will do a better job than Ozil linking up with the attackers

  24. Words on a Blog

    Un,
    Technically, anti-Semitic means prejudice against Semites, although the term is generally reserved for anti-Jewish prejudice.

    Arabs (mainly but not exclusively Muslim) and Jews are both Semites.

    Can we now talk about football?

  25. Ishola70

    This open dirty politics from Labour regarding tactical voting.

    Same behaviour as we have seen from them in the parliament seats relating to Brexit.

    Those poor people of Esher and Walton.

  26. RGG

    Almost certainly someone you know will be admitted to a hospital in the next 5 years. Which party is most likely to improve the outcome of that? .With which party are you least likely to find yourself or a loved one being left on the floor?
    Vote for that party, because the NHS stands between you, your loved ones and death.

  27. DM

    Guys, I really don’t wanna be talking about politics on here, but as it has come up, let me just say this:

    1. Meaning of antisemitism
    This is the word that is used to mean prejudice against Jews. Debating whether or not Arabs are also semites is irrelevant – when we talk about antisemitism, it’s talking about Jews, full stop. It’s like arguing that Islamophobia isn’t actually prejudice against Muslims, it’s the FEAR of Muslims. It’s pointless semantics. It may be what the word actually means, but in today’s day and age, Islamophobia is the word used to mean prejudice against Muslims. End of.
    Also, just btw, Judaism is both a religion and a race. There are illnesses that are specific to the Jewish race. And Jews are not white. As in, some are, sure, but many are not. Jews are white, black, and everything in between.
    2. Corbyn
    All I’m going to say is that, whether you believe Corbyn is antisemitic or not, I can assure you that the Jewish community is VERY worried about what a Corbyn government would bring on us. If you think it’s all lies and smears, trust me, it’s not. If you think the media have hyped it and the problem isn’t so bad… trust me, it is. I have many friends who will move abroad if he gets in. I myself will be in quite a conundrum.
    This does NOT mean that I endorse Boris. I absolutely hate that I feel like I have no choice but to vote for the party which is most likely to keep Labour out.
    I can’t stand Boris, I can’t stand the lies, the casual Islamophobia, all the rest of it. But I literally don’t have a choice. In my constituency, there were fewer than 1000 votes between Labour and Tories last time. So I can’t take the risk of voting Lib Dem. It’s all a bit shit, really.

    Anyway, just wanted to put that out there. Now back to football!

  28. Marc

    DM

    Really feel for the Jewish community at the moment. How people can deny there’s a problem when Simon Wiesenthal Centre has said that Corbyn’s Labour is the biggest global threat to Jews.

    It’s staggering.

  29. Globalgunner

    DM
    Nothing you have said is factual. Corbyn is a thoroughly decent man who wants justice for all mankind and believes all people are created equal. The reason Jewish people hate him is because they are afraid he will deal equally between them and the Palestinians.
    He has fought for human rights all his life. Your friends want things to remain the same. Simple as.

  30. James wood

    Ancelotti looks a miserable BARSTAFF .
    He is going south in terms of performance
    Give Freddie a chance he is no different
    to Paddy in fact I think he has the edge in
    my opinion.?

  31. Pierre

    Sid
    “With a mobile, technical, physical box to box midfielder any of Dozi, ceballos, maybe willock will do a better job than Ozil linking up with the attackers”

    In theory yes , but in practice, from what I have seen this season, no.

    Guendouzi has too many touches , willock has a confidence issue at the moment, if he can overcome that then he could possibly play that role , Ceballos is similar to Guendouzi in that he doesn’t see the pass early enough.

    As I touched on earlier, the problem with Ozil is that the ball never arrives at his feet in an advanced position
    We either give the ball away or play the ball to our wide players who invariably lose the ball , he also needs to make himself more available for the ball.

    The west ham game was the first time we managed to pass between the lines in the centre of the pitch and this is the way forward for the team

    We need to bypass Martinelli and Pepe completely in the midfield area, and as soon as the ball is played between the lines to the CAM….Martinelli and Pepe should hit the space behind the full back or down the channels.
    This with the movement of Aubameyang , should give options for the CAM to pass to.

    If there is no space between the lines then we should go more direct and hit the channels for Martinelli and Pepe to push the opposition back.

    At this present time, tippy tappy at the back achieves one thing , uncertainty throughout the team and nervousness amongst the fans.

  32. Marc

    I agree with Pedro’s comments on Vieira – we all love him as a player but his management record has not been sensational.

    My problem with Pedro at the moment is there is this huge nagging feeling that he’s not applying the same level of scrutiny when talking about Arteta. If Arteta gets the job (if he did I’d want him to do well, very well in fact) we could up with a blog that putting up pieces that are the Arteta equivalents of Pierre comments on Ozil.

  33. bennydevito

    DM,

    Sorry but Judaism is not a race, it’s a religion.

    A semite is a person who speaks a semitic language. It is not a race or a religion.

    This is a fact.

    There are 3 semetic languages; Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic.

    Hatred towards Arabic speaking Muslims is very much antisemitic.

    To be a true Jew as in a race you have to have dna that traces back to Palestine and Judea, practice Judaism and speak Hebrew.

    Antisemitic being reserved for Jews only is nothing but Zionist propaganda weaponised to stifle legitimate criticism of Israel and their continued theft of Palestinian territories and the SYRIAN Golan Heights.

    If you’re going to talk politics and religion on a football blog, at least get it right.

  34. Marc

    Global

    “The reason Jewish people hate him is because they are afraid he will deal equally between them and the Palestinians.”

    That type of comment is at the root of the problem. People like Corbyn can’t differentiate between Jews and Israel.

  35. Danny

    I can assure you that the Jewish community is VERY worried about what a Corbyn government would bring on us.
    ————————
    Jews shouldn’t even be in England, they should be in Israel, that’s what The Balfour Declaration was all about. If Corbyn wins then tough, deal with it.

  36. Jamie

    It seems sort of counter-intuitive given his career record, but I feel hiring Ancelotti would be a bit of a regressive move. He would be a tremendous hire for Everton, though.

    For Arsenal, I’m not sure he’s much to get excited about. Too much of a stop-gap for me, the one shot at which we ultimately wasted by hiring Emery.

    I’d like some sexiness. I’m starting to get pretty wet for Marco Rose.

  37. Edu me a favour

    “ In general play, Martinelli is nothing special but give him the ball in around the area and he will score and assist for fun.”

    You literally can’t help yourself 😂😂😂

    It hilarious how you can’t resist a dig at an 18 year old who is just settling in a new league in a new country and he’s absolutely smashing it. You’ve had a dig every time he’s played yet he’s got 8 goals in what ? 5 starts now.

    “His general play is nothing special “ He’s playing for the team you support , stop being so bitter

  38. Globalgunner

    DM. If you think that Corbyn is going to spearhead and approve a policy that persecutes Jewish people. You are not using your logic centre.
    Opinion is not fact.

  39. Marc

    Danny

    “Jews shouldn’t even be in England”

    What the fuck – are you serious? Are you going to apply that to any other group, religion or race?

  40. Danny

    bennydevito
    December 11, 2019 11:11:38
    …………at least get it right.
    ————————————
    Writes the bloke who just posted a load of bollocks.

  41. Edu me a favour

    “ Jews shouldn’t even be in England, they should be in Israel, that’s what The Balfour Declaration was all about. If Corbyn wins then tough, deal with it.”

    Why shouldn’t Jews be in England ? You realise it’s 2019 right ? Ffs , some of the weird cunts on this blog

  42. Marc

    Edu

    Anyone playing well at the moment makes Ozil look worse. Pierre can’t have that, he’d rather have Arsenal losing with Ozil in the team than winning with him out of it.

  43. China1

    Pedro I’ll eat my own face if city sack pep and hire arteta on a long term contract

    It’s not happening and you must know this deep down

  44. DM

    bennydevito

    Wow, you really haven’t been paying attention, have you?

    Did I say that Arabs are NOT Semites? No.

    I said it is IRRELEVANT when you are discussing ANTISEMITISM.

    Because ANTISEMITISM, in today’s world, whether you like it or not, is the word used to describe PREJUDICE AGAINST JEWS.

    That is a fact. Flipping Google it if you don’t believe me.

    I then gave a comparison with the word Islamophobia, and how today that means something different to what the actual word means.

    This is all fact. Deal with it.

  45. Jamie

    It’s only a matter of time before an uneducated delinquent drops a clanger when political views are being shared on the internet.

    Please, keep it to football ffs.

  46. bennydevito

    Anyway, fuck politics, it doesn’t matter who you vote for because they’re all as bad as each other.

    I don’t want Ancelotti. I feel he’s past it and dated. We need someone young and vibrant with new ideas always looking to modernise and introduce new techniques.

    I’m sold by Pedro on Arteta. City have had a run of bad injuries in key defensive positions and you can’t coach bad defenders good. The players have to have a sufficient level of ability to be coached better.

    Get Arteta in and have Mertesacker and Bould to work on the defensive coaching with Arteta and I’m sure we’ll see some level of improvement with what we have available, and especially if reports are true that we are going in big for a CB this January.

  47. DM

    “Jews shouldn’t even be in England, they should be in Israel, that’s what The Balfour Declaration was all about. If Corbyn wins then tough, deal with it.”

    Wow. Just wow. Not sure if you’re just plain antisemitic, or actually trying to apply logic to this, so just in case… The fact that Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people doesn’t mean they HAVE to live there. I very much appreciate that I can go to Israel should the shit hit the fan and I find that I have no choice, due to persecution, etc. But I love England, this is my home, and I feel very English, not Israeli. Are you suggesting I have to move to Israel? Think about that, mate.

  48. DM

    “DM. If you think that Corbyn is going to spearhead and approve a policy that persecutes Jewish people. You are not using your logic centre.
    Opinion is not fact.”

    Once again, GlobbalGunner, kindly point out something that I have stated which isn’t factual? Quote what I wrote, and point out the error. Go on, I dare you.

  49. DM

    Also, back to football, why are people so against Ancellotti? Proven winner, no? Might not have the longevity of an Arteta or such, but also probably less of a risk. He should be able to come in, organise us properly, get us back to challenging, and after a few years he can leave and we can bring in one of the exciting new managers that everyone seems to want.

    (Not saying he’s my top choice, but don’t see why he’d be a bad one!)

  50. Pierre

    Edu
    ““His general play is nothing special
    “ He’s playing for the team you support , stop being so bitter”

    Of course you would pick up on one line , which if you are honest , will admit that in general play he and Pepe are nothing special .
    I will post my original comment which will prove that the only plum who is bitter is yourself.

    “What Martinelli has , is the rare ability to be in the right place at the right time in and around the box, and is clinical in front of goal
    In general play, Martinelli is nothing special but give him the ball in around the area and he will score and assist for fun.”

    In other words , give him(and pepe) the ball where he will hurt the opposition the most, not with his back to goal on the halfway line.

    A word of advice, Stop making a dick of yourself Edu by coming out with bulllshit.

    I will call you out on it everytime.

  51. DM

    “Classic naive galuth attitude, sad.
    Titbayesh Lecha.”

    Grow up. The fact you’re writing about a “Galut” attitude on an ARSENAL football club blog speaks volumes. Moron.

  52. Un na naai

    DannyDecember 11, 2019 11:12:37
    I can assure you that the Jewish community is VERY worried about what a Corbyn government would bring on us.
    ————————
    Jews shouldn’t even be in England, they should be in Israel, that’s what The Balfour Declaration was all about. If Corbyn wins then tough, deal with it.

    Danny you little creep. Why shouldn’t Jews be in England? They found sanctuary here when cunts like you were butchering them all over the world. Mug.
    And Corbyn won’t win you tool. I’ll be laughing on here tomorrow morning when the silent majority come out ONCE AGAIN slap you chinless pussies back down where you belong. The bye bye Jeremy. Time to step down.

  53. Pierre

    Marc
    “Anyone playing well at the moment makes Ozil look worse. Pierre can’t have that, he’d rather have Arsenal losing with Ozil in the team than winning with him out of it.”

    The plums are out in force this morning…

    Marc , the only thing you will achieve by siding with Edu , is to make yourself look more clueless than usual .

    And yes I know you have a season ticket but that doesn’t stop you from making gormless remarks

  54. Tony

    Ok here goes and you can coat/quote me in future if it all goes wrong. Give it (as it is on a game by game basis) to Freddie. The guy has had 3 games, used 3 different cb pairings and now has an idea of who fits, doesn’t fit. Its not a coincidence that Luis didnt play on Monday and we looked better. It isnt a coincidence that we played pepe n marts an we scored 3. Trust me if GG took over this team defence would still struggle initially. Freddie knows what needs to be done and he will do it and get it right. Thanks an happy Christmas guys

  55. Romford Pele

    “Also, back to football, why are people so against Ancellotti? Proven winner, no? Might not have the longevity of an Arteta or such, but also probably less of a risk. He should be able to come in, organise us properly, get us back to challenging, and after a few years he can leave and we can bring in one of the exciting new managers that everyone seems to want.”

    Have you focused on what he did at Bayern and Napoli. Sacked within 18 months of both. Both had good squads. Bayern players moaned about his coaching, tactics and lack of intensity. Napoli have spent more and gotten worse. He’s over the hill now. We need a progressive one, need to go younger.

  56. Globalgunner

    DM
    Most of what you posted is opinion. You can hold on to it as much as you want

    . If Judaism is a race then so is Islam a race. It is not. Arabs were converted in the main to Islam, They were heathen before then, What is also not in dispute is that Arabs and Israelis come from the same stock. They share the same father for pitys sake, just different mothers. This is an age old competition for land, nothing more

  57. Edu me a favour

    “ A word of advice, Stop making a dick of yourself Edu by coming out with bulllshit.”

    😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Are you serious right now ??

    This whole blog witnesses you making a complete dick of yourself most days with your love letters to Ozil

    I read your post – you didn’t need to paste it and elaborate

    My point was – you can’t resist a dig – do you get that ??

    You know exactly what you’re doing too

    Martinelli in general play is our most energetic player – his press is setting an example for the rest of the team , literally every pundit and fan can see it , except you though , I wonder why ?

    Great post from Marc earlier , did you see it ?

    Here you are – “ Anyone playing well at the moment makes Ozil look worse. Pierre can’t have that, he’d rather have Arsenal losing with Ozil in the team than winning with him out of it.”

    🎣

  58. PieAFC

    How is having empathy for what is happening to and in and around Palestine make you a anti-Semitic?

    Are you fucking kidding me? The fucking shit I hear people spout.

    Boris HAS been and still is as ignorant and racist as any political leader right now. With factual statements he has said and referred to. But obviously, hating on anyone but the Jewish community is ok and alright amongst the white elite posh boys.

    Do me a fucking favour. Most views for anyone who doesn’t live in London.

  59. Danny

    Grow up. The fact you’re writing about a “Galut” attitude on an ARSENAL football club blog speaks volumes. Moron.
    ——————-
    Pleased I struck a nerve there, the truth does hurt, maybe it’ll wake you up, although like all of you lot in your north London ghetto, I sadly doubt it. I hope Corbyn wins by a mile.

  60. Sid

    Un na naaiDecember 11, 2019 10:42:18
    Yeah but why about Indonesian, African and Pakistani Muslims? Are they semites?

    Are caucasian muslims semites?

  61. Marc

    Pierre’s trying to make a case for the inclusion of Ozil – it’s so funny he’ll do anything to promote Ozil – Martinelli and Pepe shouldn’t get involved in any part of the play they should be primed and waiting for a pass, if only we had someone capable of playing that ball? Who could it be? I know SUPER OZIL.

    Pierre – what happened to your assist stats? What happened to the chances created by stats?

  62. CG

    Can I just say ( and great post by the jetsetting PedRo as usual by the way) the Pepe@ West Ham clip that he has on his twitter feed is very illuminating.

    It would seem pretty obvious -that If Pepe continues to play in this style – he really is asking for trouble with injuries – especially with regards to his ankles.

    In English soccer- you cant dwell on the ball too long- and especially on the half way line.

    Away games at Goodison and Bournemouth looming – lets just say their defenders will be a lot more robust than West Ham United.

    He should take some tips from Ozil or call Cesc or Henry – where you release the ball before the defenders clatter into you.

    Pretty basic Soccer- if you ask me.
    Something our Jack Wilshere never got the hang off.

    Protect Them Ankles!

  63. Jamie

    DM –

    I would’ve agreed with you a couple months ago that Ancelotti was less of a risk, but we’re at rock bottom now – an irrelevant club, so risk seems moot at this point..

    We’re primed for an Arteta hire because unless he’s a complete fraud who’s learned nothing under Pep, the only way is up. Give him a 2 year deal with an optional 3rd to see what he’s got.

    He should easily be able to get up back into the top 6 with, as has been mentioned countless times here, a top 4 squad good enough to finish a point off 3rd last season while conceding goals like a relegation candidate coached by a ‘clueless spiv’. If Arteta can’t get us firing, there’s something wrong with his vision/philosophy/communication skills/competence.

    It isn’t the players, “this squad is better than Wenger’s final squad, extra £200m spent, full seasons with Auba yadda yadda yadda.”

    Arteta should be delivering similar results to Ancelotti in the short term (back into the top 4), so why not just go with the younger hire now?

    All that said, I like Ancelotti and we might not be in this mess had we hired him over Emery. Hey-ho.

  64. DM

    “DM
    Most of what you posted is opinion. You can hold on to it as much as you want”

    Again, please quote my text, and show me where it is opinion. I have never stated that Corbyn is antisemitic (which is not to say that he isn’t), I’ve said that the Jewish community is extremely scared – FACT. I said many of my friends will move etc – FACT. Literally nothing that I have stated as fact, is not factual.

    The only thing I’m willing to move on is that when I said race, perhaps a better word would’ve been ethnicity. I’m not sure I know the difference between the two, but perhaps that’s a better way of putting it.

  65. Pierre

    Edu
    “Martinelli in general play is our most energetic player – his press is setting an example for the rest of the team , literally every pundit and fan can see it , except you though , I wonder why ?”

    That’s without the ball …idiot .

    If you read my comment it was all to do with being in possession of the ball.

    Martinelli is up there with jamie Vardy when it comes to pressing WITHOUT the ball..

    I can guarantee you that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want Vardy receiving the ball on the half way line with his back to goal , he wants him where he can do maximum damage , similar to what i was saying about Martinelli.

  66. Edu me a favour

    Pierre

    Be honest now – genuine question – and FYI I’m really not into getting into arguments, And name calling etc ( but I had to respond to your last post but I think we should leave the abuse there ) but I do like healthy debates

    Do you think Mesut Ozil would get into any other team in the prem ?

  67. guest man aka WW

    this isn’t political…..there is a world of difference between the doctrine of Zionism and just abusing jewish people.
    DO NOT READ ANY OF MY SENTIMENTS IN THAT STATEMENT.
    THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.
    to clarify you can hate the managers of a company without hating the workforce.

  68. DM

    Jamie

    I hear what you’re saying, I just think it makes sense to hire the best manager available at the time. Right now I’d say Ancellotti is a better manager than Arteta. Doesn’t mean I’ll think it’s terrible if we go for Arteta – it could work out great, or could be rubbish – but I just don’t get all the dismissing of Ancellotti.

  69. guest man aka WW

    Martinelli is a great potential talent. We need to really put him in cotton wool and develop him. I’m so impressed with him.

  70. Ishola70

    Corbyn wanted to take to tea and supported cleric Raed who purported the blood libel = accusing Jews of using the blood of Christian children in their Passover Matzot .

  71. guest man aka WW

    like i said quite clearly…do not read into it,,,.and guess what??? some fckin goon has done exactly that.
    No politics just facts….indisputable logic.

  72. Edu me a favour

    “If you read my comment it was all to do with being in possession of the ball.”

    Again – I read your comment

    and I didn’t see it that way – come on now – you’ve got previous with martinelli the “ head down merchant”

    I should have put an ‘etc’ after I said ‘ his pressing’

    I’ve watched him , we all have and he doesn’t “invariably lose possession “ that’s just false
    Pepe on the other hand – I agree with you

    But you do have this weird martinelli irk

  73. guest man aka WW

    Zionism: discuss.
    Its so obvious its not for me to educate you.
    for your approval and directional understanding with simple issues….. i will say I’m none too pleased at bulldozed settlements.

  74. DM

    “Zionism: discuss.
    Its so obvious its not for me to educate you.
    for your approval and directional understanding with simple issues….. i will say I’m none too pleased at bulldozed settlements.”

    Again, what do you think Zionism is? It’s sad that you clearly have so many opinions on this complex issue without being able to define the very basic.

  75. DM

    Sid

    Would you care to answer, too?

    Genuinely interested what you guys think Zionism is.

    The term gets used so much and has become this “evil thing”… so what exactly is it?

  76. James wood

    Why hire a new manager on a vast Salary
    and a massive severance/sacking Package.
    When the side needs quality players in it’s
    two back lines.
    Makes no sense .
    Keep and work with Freddie/ Per.
    And buy the required players.

  77. Un na naai

    What’s wrong with Zionism?
    Why shouldn’t the most persecuted race in human history have the right to a safe Jewish state to protect them from the hated they’ve suffered for millennia?

  78. DM

    Un na naai

    Be careful, you’re coming very close to sense here

    lol, thank you. You know what always amazes me?

    There are dozens of Christian countries in the world
    There are dozens of Muslim countries in the world

    There is one (tiny) Jewish country in the world. And everyone goes mad.

  79. Un na naai

    SidDecember 11, 2019 12:00:43
    Zionists is upper top or senior magement, jews are the guys in the cubicle

    No. Zionism is just a Jewish state. A safe land for Jews. That’s all.

  80. Edu me a favour

    Pierre

    Tbh with you I did focus on the martinelli dig more than the actual analysis you were giving so I didn’t come prepared to fight – I just wanted to give you a bit of a ribbing for it

    If I can admit that – just admit you have this little incey wincy thing against martinelli come onnnnnnnnn

  81. Marc

    Un

    Scotland wants Independence and it’s about proud Scots wanting to control their own destiny. The Jew’s want a homeland and it’s some global conspiracy to control the world.

  82. Marko

    If you are Portuguese and have kicked a ball in the last 50 years, chances are you know someone that can land you an interview with Raul.

    Are there even any Portuguese at the club? If the last Portuguese at Arsenal is named Boa Morte just go ahead and assume that Pedro is being overly dramatic for no reason again.

  83. Un na naai

    There are dozens of Christian countries in the world
    There are dozens of Muslim countries in the worldThere is one (tiny) Jewish country in the world. And everyone goes mad.

    Dm

    Only anti-semites. The rest of us understand what they’ve gone through and wish them well and want nothing but peace for them.

  84. Marc

    Un

    I keep meaning to phone Nicola Sturgeon and tell her I can guarantee a win in an independence vote for Scotland – just let the English vote in it!

  85. Jamie

    Wunderkid Nketiah can only manage 3 goals in 12 appearances for Leeds while head-down merchant Martinelli has scored 8 in 14 for Arsenal. And Martinelli is 2 years younger.

  86. Upstate Gooner

    If Arteta is so fucking great how come Everton are not after him? He’s as much their “legend” as he is ours. Legend – don’t make me laugh. One of the worst Arsenal signings of all time.

  87. Un na naai

    SidDecember 11, 2019 12:15:58
    No one is mad at any country. People are mad at people being oppressed.

    Then get mad about isis who are burning women and babies alive. Israel are largely protecting their people from the hatred they’ve suffered for millennia

  88. DM

    “No one is mad at any country. People are mad at people being oppressed.”

    So you blame Zionism for people being oppressed?

    Let’s just assume for a second that all your criticisms of Israel are 100% correct.

    Do you also blame –
    Islam for Islamic extremism / terrorism?
    Ireland for the IRA?
    Football for hooliganism?

    The latter would be surprising seeing as you’re here on a football blog.

    Now what if all your assumptions about Israeli oppression are not quite as accurate as you think?

    It’s a humdinger, eh?

  89. Marko

    Forget his promises. This country would fall within five years. Sharia law would rule and your freedoms as you know it would cease to exist. He’s a communist

    It’s sense like this that reminds me come what may on Thursday your country is duly and rightfully fucked. Recession loves a friend. Too many stupid people honestly.

    Sharia law… it’s the stupidest buzzword to come from conservatives these last few years.

  90. Marko

    Wunderkid Nketiah can only manage 3 goals in 12 appearances for Leeds while head-down merchant Martinelli has scored 8 in 14 for Arsenal. And Martinelli is 2 years younger.

    More goals in those 14 games than Eddie has in the last 2/3 years at Arsenal.

  91. Marko

    Does Sanllehi have some connection with Portugal?

    Dunno man. I think Pedro has it twisted. Jorge Mendes is Portuguese and helped out on the Pepe signing. Kia Joorabchian is Iranian English and helped out with the Luiz signing.

  92. Redtruth

    Boris Johnson depicted Jews as controlling the media and being able to “fiddle” elections in a little-known 2004 novel written while he was a Tory MP, it has emerged.

    The Conservative leader was branded “unfit to be prime minister” over passages from Seventy Two Virgins, which also includes numerous other questionable portrayals of ethnic minorities.

    And clowns like DM are going to vote Tory…lol